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The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (November 3-7, 2014)

Monday, November 3, 2014: Bob speaks with classical pianist Leon Fleisher, who lost the use of his right hand to a neurological movement disorder called dystonia.  We begin with their 2004 conversation, recorded just a few weeks after the release of Two Hands, Fleisher’s first solo piano recording in decades.  An experimental treatment involving injections of Botox relieved his condition enough to allow Fleisher to perform with both hands once again.  Then - an encore interview with the maestro, from 2006 about his follow up release titled The Journey.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014:  We begin with a listener request. One simple question - why does my foot hurt? - sent journalist and running enthusiast Christopher McDougall around the globe. In his quest, McDougall ran endurance races across America, visited science labs at Harvard, and spent time with a tribe in Mexico’s Copper Canyons, whose speed and health could match any Olympic marathoner.  McDougall’s book is titled Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. Then, born Edward Kennedy Ellington in 1899, the young man who would become the greatest jazz composer of the 20th Century acquired the name “Duke” because he had a “princely” manner of dress and attitude.   Terry Teachout, drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, traces Ellington’s complex life story and his music in the richly-drawn biography titled  Duke. It comes out in paperback today.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014:  Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, where he is director of the Hayden Planetarium.  These days he is best known as the host of the first season of Cosmos on Fox. Bob spoke with Tyson back in 2007 about his collection of essays titled, Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries.


Thursday, November 6, 2014: Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field joins Bob to discuss her career and her 2012 starring role as the First Lady in the feature film, Lincoln. Today Field is celebrating her 68th birthday. Then, another listener request.  In 2010, Bob spoke with singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson about her album The Living Side.  One song on the album is called Gatekeeper about Sergeant Kevin Briggs of the California Highway Patrol.  For years, Briggs worked on the Golden Gate Bridge, talking hundreds of people out of jumping to their deaths.  Bob talks with both Meg and Kevin about the song and Kevin’s work.


Friday, November 7, 2014: As you pack lunches for the kids and begin to think about your Thanksgiving menu, think about this. New York Times reporter Michael Moss won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2010 investigation into the dangers of contaminated meat.  Then last year, Moss examined how multi-national corporations use food science and technology to create nearly perfect food-like substances.  He wrote about the laboratories where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary drinks and the “mouthfeel” of fat in his book titled, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.


Bob Edwards Weekend (November 1-2, 2014)




Writer Mitch Horowitz is a well-known scholar and expert on the occult.  His latest 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, in his memoir, Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi goes well beyond his on-court wins and losses to reveal some big secrets, like how much he hated tennis during the early years of his career. The former tennis star writes about his demanding father, the hairpiece he wore during tournaments, the shoe lifts Brooke Shields made him wear to their wedding, and much more. Agassi won eight Grand Slam singles titles before retiring in 2006.



HOUR TWO:             


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 poked fun at the horror genre while managing to be plenty scary themselves. Craven talks about those films, the remake of his 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes and about a career of frightening audiences.


Joe Bussard & Fonotone Records

NOTE: This blog entry originally appeared in August of 2008

Today’s Bob Edwards Show features a trip to Frederick, Maryland to visit the basement of Joe Bussard

Joe is utterly dedicated to the preservation of early 20th century music.  He is a musician, a radio host, founder & owner of Fonotone Records, and he’s probably best known as a voracious record hunter and collector.  

Joe is certainly a lover of music, but when you bring up Rock n Roll, you quickly discover that the term “music” doesn’t necessarily have a universal definition.  Joe is quick to dismiss modern music as “bangin’ and thumpin’” filled with “moanin’ and groanin’”…and by modern music, he means post-depression.  String bands, jug bands, family groups of singers and players… real blues, real jazz…to Joe, that’s the definition of music.

In the age of the random playlist and the mix CD, listening to Joe speak so lovingly about his records and the music carved into them makes me think about the overlooked power of music and how we take the listening experience for granted.

-Dan Bloom


The Fonotone box set is released by Dust to Digital 

Fonotone Records homepage 

Joe Bussard on Myspace



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.



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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.