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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 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.


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:


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. 


This Weekend's Program (July 19-20, 2014)

Bob Edwards Weekend, July 19-20, 2014


Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss some of the books he’s reading this summer.

In the early decades of the 20th century, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin envisioned a Communist Western Europe, turning his attention first to the United Kingdom.  Writer Giles Milton tells the story of the men who stopped him in Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Plot for Global Revolution.

Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.


Bob talks with director Richard Linklater about his latest movie Boyhood which he filmed over 12 years. The only special effect is watching the main character grow up on screen…starting in elementary school and ending on his first day in college.  The story follows family moves, unfortunate stepfathers and broken hearts and stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane as Mason, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his biological parents.

Social worker Dan Cohen’s work inspired the documentary, Alive Inside, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.  It shows the remarkable power of music on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Cohen talks with Bob about the film and the experiences that inspired it.

Bob Edwards Weekend airs on Sirius XM Public Radio (XM 121, Sirius 205) Saturdays from 8-10 AM ET. 

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


Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In

Wind from the Sea, 1947 National Gallery of ArtThe National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In is on view until November 30, 2014 in Washington DC.

This painting, Wind from the Sea, was painted in the Olson house in Cushing, Maine, where Andrew and his wife Besty summered for most of their lives. The home is now a national heritage site, and is part of the Farnsworth Art Musuem, which has a large Wyeth collection. 




Spring Fed, 1967, The National Gallery of Art If you are in the DC area and want to see more of Andrew Wyeth’s work, as well as illustrations by his father, N.C. Wyeth, head north east to theBrandywine River Musuem.  The musuem houses original works by three generations of Wyeth artists, and visitors can tour N.C.’s studio, as well as the Kuerner farm, where Andrew painted Spring Fed.