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Sunday
Jul272014

This Week on The Bob Edwards Show (July 28 - August 1, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show, July 28 – August 1, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014:  In 2011, 13 young women and one young man in the small town of LeRoy, New York experienced “conversion disorder,” a mysterious malady that results in uncontrollable tics, stutters and seizures.  Novelist Katherine Howe used this real-life incident as the basis for her new book, Conversion.  Then, Ernest Ranglin is a Jamaican guitarist and composer recognized as one of the pioneers of both reggae and ska. Ranglin gave Bob Marley his first hit and it’s his guitar handiwork that you hear on most reggae standards. Now 82-years-old, Ranglin is adding a new album to his discography. Bless Up is the perfect soundtrack for the summer.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014:  Author David Baldacci’s books have sold more than 110 million copies worldwide.  Now he turns his gifted and charmed pen to writing for young people, with his first fantasy YA novel The Finisher.  Then, feminist film critic Molly Haskell wrote a memoir about her sixty year old brother, Chevey Haskell, who came out as transgendered and now lives as Ellen Hampton. Bob talks to Haskell about her brother and her book My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation, which is now available in paperback.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014:  Year after year, American students rank in the bottom third in international rankings of math and science scores. In reading, the U.S. doesn’t even make the top ten, trailing Canada and Estonia among others.  In her book, investigative journalist, Amanda Ripley, follows the lives of three American exchange students who spent a year studying in countries that consistently receive the highest marks to find out why children in Finland, Poland, and South Korea do so well.  Ripley book is titled The Smartest Kids in the World and it’s available in paperback.  Then, we remember NPR correspondent Margot Adler.  Bob talked to Adler earlier this year about her book Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side.  Marot Adler died Monday at the age of 68.

Thursday, July 31, 2014:  Bob talks to Washington Post National Security editor Peter Finn, and translator/writer Petra Couvee about their new book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book.  Then, Bob talks to director Tate Taylor, and actor Chadwick Boseman about their new film, Get on Up.  It’s about the Godfather of soul, James Brown.

Friday, August 1, 2014:  Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Then, Bob talks to actor Brendan Gleeson and director John McDonagh about their new film, Cavalry.    And finally, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

Friday
Jul252014

This Weekend's Program (July 26-27, 2014)

Bob Edwards Weekend, July 26-27, 2014

HOUR ONE: 

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Then, we hear another commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

Director and actor Rob Reiner has been involved in some of the most beloved movies of the 20th century.  His credits includes This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, and Sleepless in Seattle.  His new film, And So It Goes, stars Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as next door neighbors who reluctantly look to each other for love late in life. 

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe

HOUR TWO: 

It’s been more than twenty years since Scott Turow helped invent the legal thriller genre with his number one bestseller, Presumed Innocent.  That book sold more than six million copies and was on The New York Times bestseller list for 45 weeks.  Turow has remained a practicing lawyer over the years and has been very active in capital punishment reform.  His latest suspense novel, Identical, is now available in paperback. 

Bob sits down with members of the Austin-based classical collective Mother Falcon for a private concert in our performance studio.  They’ll play a few songs from their latest “orchestral rock” album titled You Knew and discuss the unique challenges they face when  touring with more than a dozen members.

Bob Edwards Weekend airs on Sirius XM Public Radio (Channel 121) Saturdays from 8-10 AM ET. 

Visit Bob Edwards Weekend on PRI’s website to find local stations that air the program.
Wednesday
Jul232014

Mother Falcon

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

Mother Falcon first came to my attention thanks to Paul Schomer who runs the new music discovery blog RadioCrowdfund.com. About once a month, Bob talks to him about his favorites…the best of what’s out there on the crowdfunding platforms. For the review, Schomer suggested we play the first two songs from Mother Falcon’s 2013 album You Knew…and then I couldn’t stop playing Pink Stallion and Marigold. When we talked to the band in our performance studio last month, it had just released the official music video for Marigold. You can check that out here.

They say they approved the idea for the video, but since they were busy touring, never met the kids or saw any footage until it was complete. Here are two more videos that feature the band members. First, an episode of KLRU’s documentary series Arts in Context featuring the band … then the video for the Mother Falcon song Dirty Summer.

Monday
Jul212014

Redefiner of Man

by Andy Kubis, producer

Jane Goodall was a young English woman without experience or a college degree when she arrived in Africa a half-century ago to study chimpanzees.  Almost immediately, she changed the perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals and is credited as the woman who redefined man. Here Jane Goodall is in the studio with Bob and cradling Mr. H, the mascot that travels around the world with her.


In 1986, Goodall gave up fieldwork and became a full-time activist.  She is now 77–years-old and spends at least 300 days a year on the road.  On Tuesday, September 27th at 8:00pm EST, Goodall will appear via satellite in theaters nationwide in advance of a new film about her life.  Jane Goodall Live will include never-before-seen footage shot during her first years in Africa, film recently discovered in her attic.  There will also be appearances by special guests including Charlize Theron and musician Dave Matthews, and Goodall will answer questions submitted by the theater audiences.  

Show listings of Jane Goodall Live are here

And a trailer of Jane’s Journey, a portion of which will be shown at the live event, is below:

Sunday
Jul202014

This Week on The Bob Edwards Show (July 21-25, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show, July 21-25, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014:  In 1969, four African American men set out to create “the pre-eminent voice for black women,” according to The New York Times.  That “voice” was Essence magazine. Bob talks to founder Edward Lewis and former executive Audrey Edwards about the magazine, its past, and their book The Man From Essence: Creating A Magazine for Black Women.  Then, Bob talks with Roger Blevins Jr. about the music of his oddly named band, Mingo Fishtrap.  They combine the sounds of Memphis and New Orleans, with a little north Texas thrown in, to create a funky sound all their own. The group’s latest album is titled On Time.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Armed with a notebook and binoculars, 50 years ago this month, a 26 year old Jane Goodall traveled to what is today Tanzania to study chimpanzees. Now 80 years old, and on the road 300 days of the year, Goodall is largely responsible for changing our perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals.  Goodall is the subject of the documentary Jane’s Journey, which is available online.  Then, it’s been more than twenty years since Scott Turow helped invent the legal thriller genre with his #1 bestseller, Presumed Innocent.  That book sold more than 6 ½ million copies and was on The New York Times bestseller list for 45 weeks.  Turow has remained a practicing lawyer over the years and has been very active in capital punishment reform in Illinois.  His latest suspense novel, Identical, is loosely based on the myth of the Greek god Zeus’s twin sons (one mortal and one immortal).  Identical is now available in paperback. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014:   In 2011, 13 young women and one young man in the small town of LeRoy, New York experienced “conversion disorder,” a mysterious malady that results in uncontrollable tics, stutters and seizures.  Novelist Katherine Howe used this real-life incident as the basis for her new book, Conversion.  Then, Bob sits down with members of the Austin-based classical collective Mother Falcon for a private concert in our performance studio.  They’ll play a few songs from their latest “orchestral rock” album titled You Knew and discuss the unique challenges that face an 18-member touring band.

Thursday, July 24, 2014:  Director and actor Rob Reiner has either directed and/or acted in some of the most beloved movies of the 20th century.  His credits includes This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, and Sleepless in Seattle.  His new film, And So It Goes, stars Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as next door neighbors brought together by Douglas’s character’s teenage granddaughter.  And So It Goes opens nationwide tomorrow.  Then, Bob talks with The Bacon Brothers about their latest album 36 Cents.  The six-piece band features actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael, a film score composer.  Since making the band official in 1995, the Brothers have released seven albums.  And finally, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

Friday, July 25, 2014:  Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Next, journalist James Nestor was on assignment in Greece when he saw a man dive 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air.  When the man returned four minutes later, Nestor decided to learn all he could about freedivers - extreme athletes who rely on their lungs instead of breathing equipment.  Nestor’s interest in humans with amphibious abilities turned into a book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, And What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. Next, over 40 years ago, readers first met the fearless adventurer, marine engineer, and government agent Dirk Pitt in author Clive Cussler’s The Mediterranean Caper.  A copywriter by day, Cussler started writing at night to keep himself company while his wife worked a nightshift.  His book, Zero Hour, is available in paperback.