Fixing, Fonts, Healing, Home Repair

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. He'll speak with a Liberian woman about her activism and her efforts to broker peace in her war-torn country by mobilizing Muslim and Christian women. Then, we'll take a look at the history of fonts—from Gutenberg’s favorites to the much maligned Comic Sans. Lucia Greenhouse discusses her journey away from Christian Science. Plus, Al and Larry Ubell take your calls on home repair!


Elliott Forrest

How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

Leymah Gbowee tells how she galvanized women across Liberia in 2003 to force a peace in the region after 14 years of war. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, launching protests and even a sex strike. Her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, chronicles the violence she’s faced throughout her life and the peace she has helped to broker by inspiring her countrywomen and others around the world to take action to bring peace and change history.

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All About Fonts

Simon Garfield talks about the history of fonts, from font "pirating" dating back nearly as far as Gutenberg to the creation of Comic Sans and Ikea’s font-change controversy. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts shows how something as simple as font choice can speak volumes about our cultural climate and personal tastes.

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Journey out of Christian Science

Lucia Greenhouse discusses growing up as a Christian Scientist, in a house where you could not be sick and where no medicine was allowed. Her memoir, Fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science, tells of the struggle that she and her siblings faced when their mother became sick and wouldn’t get treatment. She looks at the Christian Science faith and chronicles its complicated legacy for her family.

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The Gurus of How-To

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on home repair matters, from drooping stoop steps to leaking roofs and sagging wood floors.

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

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