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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On today’s show: Dr. David Ansell recounts his experience training as a doctor and caring for patients at Cook County Hospital, on Chicago’s South side. Then, we’ll look at the life of the President’s enigmatic father, Barack Obama Sr. Courtney Sullivan talks about her second novel, Maine. Then, the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, take your calls on home repair!

Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital

David Ansell tells the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals, Chicago's Cook County Hospital—both a renowned teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city's uninsured. County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital covers more than 30 years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship there. Ansell writes of the doctors and patients, politics, and public health, and gives an account of a young doctor’s medical education in urban America, set against a backdrop of race, segregation and poverty.

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The Life of President Obama’s Father

Sally Jacobs discusses the life and influence of Barack Obama Sr., father of President Obama. He was a brilliant economist, a polygamist, an alcoholic, and an ardent African nationalist unafraid to speak out. The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father  illuminates Obama Sr.’s complicated life, from his upbringing in Kenya to his time at Harvard and Hawaii, and shows him as a man motivated by the dream of a better world.

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Courtney Sullivan’s Novel, Maine

Courtney Sullivan discusses her second novel, Maine, about four women who have nothing in common except for the fact that, like it or not, they’re related. Three generations of Kelleher women descend on the family’s beachfront property in Maine one summer, each grappling with their own hopes and fears.

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The Gurus of How-To on Home Maintenance and the Heat

Air conditioner on the fritz? Humidity buckling your floors?  The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to help! They offer advice on home repair matters.

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

Today's Quiz
Q: Name the open type arbor or passageway having a trelliswork roof with supporting columns on which climbing vines, plants, and flowers grow. Our listeners can find several of them at Brooklyn’s Botanic Gardens.

A: Pergola

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