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Tracy McClard

by Chad Campbell - senior producer

Tracy McClard fights for changes to the juvenile justice system in the memory of her son.  In January 2008, Jonathan hung himself as he awaited transfer to a maximum security adult prison. He’d just celebrated Christmas and then his 17th birthday a few days earlier while in solitary confinement. In July 2007, Jonathan shot another teenaged boy in an argument over a former girlfriend. Tracy McClard does not dispute her son’s guilt, but believes that he never should have been tried, convicted and sentenced as an adult. For pleading guilty to first degree assault, the judge gave Jonathan the maximum sentence of 30 years. The Department of Justice estimates that every year in the US there are roughly 250,000 youth offenders treated as adults. McClard worked to get “Jonathan’s Law” passed in Missouri which provides new guidelines for sentencing juveniles. You can learn more about McClard’s work at these websites.



Bob Edwards Weekend (October 25-26, 2014)

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – October 25-26, 2014





We mark the birthday of the United Nations. First, Bob discusses the UN Security Council with American University professor David Bosco. His book on the subject is titled Five to Rule Them All.


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 Indian Ocean tsunami, 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, we pay our respects to Ben Bradlee, the former Executive Editor of The Washington Post. Bob visited his office in 2007 to discuss his long career which included editing the paper’s coverage of Watergate and befriending his neighbor, John F. Kennedy. Bradlee died on Tuesday at the age of 93.



HOUR TWO:                 


We look back at The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Bob talks with Michael Dobbs about his hour-by-hour account.  He’s the author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War


Then Bob talks with Tracy McClard about the juvenile justice work she does in the memory of her teenaged son who was tried and convicted as an adult. In 2008, Jonathan McClard committed suicide in jail just days after his 17th birthday.



The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (October 27-October 31, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show Highlights are subject to change, for up-to-date highlights go to


The Bob Edwards Show airs on Sirius XM Public Radio – Channel 121

M-F 6-7 AM ET

Encore presentations:

             M- F 7-8 AM

             M-F 8-9 AM

             M-F 9-10 AM

             M-F 10-11 AM

             M-F 2-3 PM                                                                                                                                     

             M-F 8-9 PM

             M-F 5 AM (A replay of previous day’s show)

             Tue - Sat 4 AM (A replay of previous day’s show)

             Tue - Sat 12 AM (A replay of previous day’s show)

             Sat 8-10 AM BEW

             Sun 5-7 AM BEW

             Sun 10 PM-12 AM BEW

             Mon 3-5 AM BEW (A replay of previous BEW show)



THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – October 27 – October 31, 2014


Monday, October 27, 2014: Bob visits with record collector Joe Bussard at his home in Frederick, Maryland. Bussard is the founder and proprietor of his own label, Fonotone records.  He is a musician and a radio host and throughout his life he has tirelessly scoured Appalachia and the American south for classic 78 RPM records.  Today, he maintains a collection of more than 25,000 of these rare records, primarily of American folk, country, gospel, and blues from the 1920s and 1930s, which is believed to be the largest such collection in the world. Then, Bob talks with Tracy McClard about the juvenile justice work she does in the memory of her teenaged son who was tried and convicted as an adult. In 2008, Jonathan McClard committed suicide in jail just days after his 17th birthday.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014:  The Mississippi River splits the United States in two, but it also helped unite the country and make America what it is today. From its role in the fur trade, to the French and Indian War to the Louisiana Purchase and beyond, the Mississippi, and the rivers that feed into it, had an undeniable effect on our commerce and culture. Paul Schneider details the history of the Mississippi in his book, Old Man River.  Then, about halfway down the length of the river stands the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis.  Its smooth, serene lines of stainless steel belie the monument’s tumultuous history that includes election stealing, the destruction of historic buildings and ruthless businessmen.  Historian Tracy Campbell tells the story in his book The Gateway Arch: A Biography.  Campbell argues that the Arch is as much a symbol of westward expansion as it is failed urban planning.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014:  85 years ago today, The New York Stock Exchange crashed catastrophically, leading to the Great Depression.  That era led to many hardships and struggles, but there were also a few bright spots of compassion and community. Ted Gup is a former investigative reporter for the Washington Post.  A few years ago, he uncovered a lead right under his nose.  Gup opened his grandfather’s old suitcase to discover a remarkable secret that had been kept for three quarters of a century.  Gup writes about it in his book A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression.  Then, folklorists Steve Winick and Nancy Groce from the Library of Congress share songs and stories of wealth and poverty.


Thursday, October 30, 2014: Writer Mitch Horowitz is a well-known  scholar and expert on the occult.  His new book Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation explains how the esoteric movement spread throughout America and what its impact is on our nation today.  Then, the Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings chronicled the 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire, giving only supporting mention of the epic 12-hour, three-night concert show-casing prominent African-American musicians of the day.  Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, who edited When We Were Kings, produced a documentary from the 40-year old footage of the concert called Soul Power.  It features performances by Celia Cruz, James Brown, BB King, and Bill Withers, among other artists.


Friday, October 31, 2014:  More than 20 years ago, Scholastic introduced young readers to a new series called Goosebumps.  These creepy stories soon became one of the best-selling children’s series of all times, with over 300 million books sold.  Often called the “Stephen King of children’s literature,” author R.L. Stine talks with Bob about the trick of scaring kids and getting them hooked on the treat of reading. Then, Bob speaks with director Wes Craven, the man who introduced Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven is also the creator of the Scream movies which managed to poke fun at the horror genre while managing to be plenty scary itself. He talks about those films - the remake of his 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes – and about making a career of frightening people.




The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50 (now at 52)

by Chad Campbell, senior producer
NOTE: This blog entry was written in October of 2012
In Moscow, they call it “The Caribbean Crisis” - in Havana, those tense 13 days in 1962 are known as “The October Crisis” - but Americans know it as “The Cuban Missile Crisis.” But how well do we really know our own history? James Blight argues that the answer is not very well at all. After studying the circumstances for a quarter century, Blight is an expert on what led to those two weeks fifty Octobers ago and how close the United States and the Soviet Union came to an all-out nuclear war. He’s a professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Waterloo University and with his wife and fellow researcher janet Lang, has produced a transmedia” storytelling project employing blogs, films, graphic novels and podcasts to help teach this important history to a younger generation, and to help an older generation better understand the history it lived through. Blight and Lang have also written an old-fashioned book called The Armageddon Letters which examines and puts into context the actual messages that US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev wrote to each other before, during and after the crisis.
Here’s James Blight’s short film about the project.
Click this link for many more short films explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis. 
Here is an interactive timeline
And click here to listen to archival audio pertaining to the crisis.  

Agassi’s Open (An Autobiography)

NOTE: This blog post appeared originally in September 2010.

By Ariana Pekary, producer

You think you know someone: you’ve watched them nearly their whole life, playing on the court, raw emotions exposed, giving interviews, boasting about their success, and making millions.  And then they retire (young, of course, at the age of 36), wait a few years, then they tell you the truth that they’ve been hiding for the past twenty years: that they hated their career.  It seems hard to believe until you read it, on paper, in black and white, with such candor.
Open: An Autobiography  has just been released in paperback and is very much worth the read, to learn how different someone can be from the image that’s created of them on television.  It’s almost comical if it weren’t so drastic.  Andre Agassi still has a great deal of affection for his father, but he doesn’t really pull any punches about his childhood.  It’s difficult to remove the image of Mike Agassi taping a paddle to his baby boy’s hand so he can swipe at the tennis balls hanging from a mobile above his crib.  Andre never has a choice in life, and even though he goes through the motions (ultimately earning him eight grand slam titles), he rebels along the way.
That rebellious image, misinterpreted as it may have been, was used to promote Canon.  In the book, Agassi explains that he didn’t know what the commercial was going to be – he didn’t know the punch line, “Image is Everything,” until he was on-set and the director told him to look in the camera and repeat those words.  It’s one of his regrets in life.  And it’s one of the many revelations he discloses in his book, along with the hair piece he wore after his own hair started to fall out, the proposal he wishes he hadn’t made to Brooke Shields, the potatoes and lentils he was forced to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner early in his career, and his attempt to lie to the Association of Tennis Professionals about using crystal meth.