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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

We’ll look at the role mosques are playing in the protests around the Muslim world. Then, members of the eclectic band David Wax Museum perform live in our studios! Also, Three-time O. Henry Prize winner Edith Pearlman talks about her latest collection of short stories. Plus, the Gurus of How-To, Alvin and Larry Ubell answer your questions on home repair!

Mosques and the Protests in Egypt

Social media sites helped organize the protests in Egypt, but mosques have served many functions—from becoming makeshift hospitals to turning out large crowds of protesters each Friday. Fawaz Gerges, Professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, describes the many roles that mosques have played during the protests across the region, from Egypt to Yemen to Jordan.

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Egypt and the Negotiations

Michael Peel, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times gives us the latest on negotiations between the government of Hosni Mubarak and the Egyptian opposition.


David Wax Museum Performs Live

David Wax (guitar, jarana, vocals), Jordan Wax (accordion, vocals), Suz Slezak (fiddle, jawbone, vocals), and Greg Glassman (percussion, leoncita, vocals), of the band David Wax Museum, perform live in our studios! The band’s new album is “Everything Is Saved.” David Wax Museum makes their Joe's Pub debut February 9.

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Edith Pearlman's Binocular Vision

Edith Pearlman, winner of three O. Henry Prizes, discusses her new collection of short stories, Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories. It includes 21 vintage stories and 13 new ones, set around the world, from Jerusalem to Central America, from tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz, from Manhattan, to the Maine coast.

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The Gurus of How-To

Winter is here, with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on  combatting drafts, fixing your furnace, keeping your pipes from bursting, and tackling other home repair issues!

Call 646-829-3985 with your questions or leave a comment!

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