Curing Cataract Blindness; Only Children; Claire Messud's New Novel; The Gurus of How-To

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On today’s show: Dr. Geoffrey Tabin talks about cataract blindness in isolated and impoverished countries. Lauren Sandler—an only child and the parent of an only child—argues that there are benefits from growing up in a single-child household. Claire Messud discusses her latest novel, The Woman Upstairs. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, take your calls on home repair!

Geoffrey Tabin and the Himalayan Cataract Project

Ophthalmologist Dr. Geoffrey Tabin talks about his work restoring sight to some of the world’s most isolated, impoverished people through the Himalayan Cataract Project. He teamed up with Sanduk Ruit to treat the people of the Himalayas, a region with an high incidence of cataract blindness. With their revolutionary, inexpensive style of surgery, Tabin and Ruit have cured tens of thousands. David Oliver Relin wrote about the doctors’ work in the book Second Suns.

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The Joy of Only Children

Lauren Sandler, an only child and the mother of one, makes a humorous and honest case for being and having an only child. She talks to Leonard Lopate about her book, In One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.

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Claire Messud's Novel The Woman Upstairs

Claire Messud talks about her new novel, The Woman Upstairs. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover and has instead become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. But she finds herself drawn deep into the complex world of a family.

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The Gurus of How To Fix It Up

Summer is heating up! The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, answer questions and give advice on how to repair and maintain your home or apartment.

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