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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Novelist Téa Obreht mined the superstitions of the former Yugoslavia, where she was born, for her debut novel The Tiger's Wife. Novelist Téa Obreht mined the superstitions of the former Yugoslavia, where she was born, for her debut novel The Tiger's Wife. (Courtesy of Random House)

On today’s show: We’ll take a look at what life is like inside women’s prisons. Then Téa Obreht joins us for February’s installment of the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her critically acclaimed novel, The Tiger’s Wife. Today’s A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at the Sphinx of Taharqo. And Al and Larry Ubell take your calls on home repair!

Narratives from Women’s Prisons

Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman, editors of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons, and Tina Reynolds, a former prisoner who is an activist for women in New York prisons, talk about what it’s like inside women’s prisons, and the routine physical, sexual, and mental abuse that is often overlooked.

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February's Book: The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht

February’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection is Téa Obreht’s critically acclaimed novel, The Tiger’s Wife. It tells the story of Natalia, a young doctor in an unnamed Balkan country still recovering from war, who starts investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of her grandfather who raised her. As she investigates his death, the complexities of life, war, and her grandfather’s life come to light.

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The Gurus of How-To on the Nuts and Bolts of Home Maintenance

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on home repair matters, from grout to caulk to shingles and sidewalks.

Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave a comment below.

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