NOTE: This blog post appeared originally in September 2010.
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Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – October 18-19, 2014
HOUR ONE: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines how a brutal fight for the presidential nomination destroyed a friendship in her book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. It’s just come out in paperback.
In 2000, DJ John Peel called country singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell’s debut album, “my favorite record of the last ten years and possibly my life.” Cantrell joins Bob in our performance studio to talk about her work and play a few tunes from her latest album titled No Way There From Here.
HOUR TWO: John Carlos won bronze in the 200 meter dash at the 1968 Olympics, but it was his raised-fist salute alongside gold medalist Tommie Smith that etched him into American sports iconography. He talks with Bob about his autobiography — titled The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World.
When Franz Wisner was just about to get married, his fiancée suddenly called off the wedding. To save some of his personal and financial investment, Franz invited his younger brother Kurt to join him on the already-paid-for honeymoon in Costa Rica. They loved it and decided they should keep traveling together for two more years. Franz wrote about their adventures in his book titled Honeymoon with My Brother.
Hi everyone. Going forward, I will try to get these posted every Wednesday for the next week’s programming and for the weekend. But there is a better way for you to get this information in a timely manner. Send an email to email@example.com and request to be added to our mailing list. It’s just our schedule compiled by me and sent in a simple email, usually on Fridays.
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THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – October 20 – October 24, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014: Bob talks with one of his musical favorites, Chuck Leavell, the pianist whose buoyant sound has graced records from The Allman Brothers Band in the 1970s to The Rolling Stones of today. Leavell wrote a book about his experiences on the road and in the studio called Between Rock and a Home Place. From November of 2004, just seven weeks into our decade of interviews, Chuck Leavell was the first of many guests to visit with Bob for a full hour.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014: Bob talks to StoryCorps founder and radio producer Dave Isay about his book Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First 10 Years of StoryCorps. Then, brothers David and Joe Henry examine the life of comedian Richard Pryor in their book Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Both books are now available in paperback.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Today, we look back at The Cuban Missile Crisis. On this day in 1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, after the U.S. discovered evidence of Soviet missile installations on the island just 90 miles from mainland America. First, Bob talks with Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, who spent years carefully researching the Cuban missile crisis, unearthing new material for an hour-by-hour account of the Cold War’s apex. Dobbs’ book is titled One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War. Then, Bob talks with professor James Blight whose book and film The Armageddon Letters is a mutlimedia storytelling project about the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Blight is an expert on those 13 tense October days in 1962 when nuclear war nearly broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Thursday, October 23, 2014: Bob spends the hour with Father Gregory Boyle in East Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Boyle has helped thousands of gang members trade a life of violent crime for an honest day’s work. Father G-Dog, as he’s been nicknamed by the community, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to find and create jobs for ex-gang members. Homeboy Industries runs five businesses of its own, including a tattoo removal parlor, a landscaping service and a cafe. Ever since conducting this original interview with Father Greg in 2005, Bob has called it his favorite conversation.
Friday, October 24, 2014: We’ll mark United Nations Day with a sampling of interviews dealing with the important, but misunderstood and perhaps outdated world body. First, Bob discusses the UN Security Council with American University professor David Bosco, author of the book Five to Rule Them All: the UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World. Next a visit from Jan Egeland. He was in charge of coordinating humanitarian relief for the United Nations during some of the world’s most horrific recent events: the tsunami in Asia, the crisis in Darfur, the aftermath of the Iraq war. Egeland’s book about his experience is called A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity. Then, Michel Gabaudan is a former member of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. He shares his stories of conducting field missions around the world to gather information about the basic needs of displaced people.
Ruben Martinez is a successful author, a professor of literature and writing at Loyola Marymount University and the host of a new documentary premiering tonight on PBS. It’s called When Worlds Collide: The Untold Story of the Americas After Contact and it focuses on what the Spanish Conquistadors found in the “New World” and on how civilizations on both sides of the Atlantic were changed. The film makes the argument that the average American in 1490 was healthier and better off than the average European. The natives of North and South America enjoyed a much better climate and consumed a far more varied diet which included potatoes, chocolate, tomatoes and corn - all “discovered” on this side of the ocean. We also learn that Americans were mass producing red dye from an insect that lived on a local cactus. This knowledge was revolutionary to Europe’s fashion trends, textile manufacturing and to artists like Rembrandt who used the dye in his painting “The Jewish Bride.”