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Friday
Aug282015

The Bob Edwards Show (August 31-September 4, 2015)

 

Monday, August 31, 2015: All this week, we’re remembering the destruction Hurricane Katrina caused in the New Orleans area ten years ago. Bob talks with Mark Schleifstein, a reporter for the Times Picayune, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his post-Katrina coverage. Next, Bob visits with Shirley Laska, the founder of the Center for Hazards Assessment Response and Technology (CHART) at the University of New Orleans. She predicted the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina, and her center studies coastal communities, examining the ways people cope with frequent disasters. Journalist Dan Baum arrived in New Orleans two days after Hurricane Katrina and spent years reporting on the disaster and its aftermath. He wrote a book called Nine Lives about what happened in New Orleans between the twin catastrophes of Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Baum covered those 40 years by telling the stories of nine citizens. Coleman deKay and Paul Sanchez took those stories and set them to music. Their CD is titled Nine Lives: A Musical Adaptation and features New Orleans musicians and singers.

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015: Today we continue a week-long series of conversations about New Orleans and how the city and the surrounding area was changed by Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of 2005. Bob talks with funny man Harry Shearer about his deadly serious documentary titled The Big Uneasy. It tells the story of the UNnatural disaster caused by Katrina. The focus is on three scientists who tried to warn of the danger before the hurricane hit — or who tried to investigate the aftermath of the flooding and the many obstacles they faced. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal were horrified by the destruction Hurricane Katrina brought to New Orleans. The filmmakers flew to Louisiana a week after the storm hit and met Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott who filmed their experiences on a second-hand camcorder. Lessin and Deal incorporated that raw footage — documenting a frustrating wait for help — into their film titled Trouble the Water.

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015: We continue our series on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina today. We’ll examine the struggles of two different families as they returned to their homes in hard-hit St. Bernard Parish. First we visit Errol Perez. He evacuated to northern Louisiana before Katrina, and it took him almost five years to move back home. Next, Bob talks with cultural anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Kate Browne about what she learned by following the journey of an extended Creole family scattered by Katrina. The documentary is titled, Still Waiting. Then Bob talks with Sheri Fink about her book titled Five Days at Memorial. Her book chronicles a grim string of events at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina. 

 

Thursday, September 3, 2015: We continue our series of conversations marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Today, Bob joins former mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu and his daughter Madeleine Landrieu for a history lesson and a driving tour of the destruction caused by the flooding - damage which still cuts across social and economic boundaries of the city. Then, we visit with New Hope Baptist Church deacons Arthur Garrett and Eric Brown about life – and life in New Orleans – since Katrina.

 

Friday, September 4, 2015: We conclude our series on Hurricane Katrina and the destruction it caused in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. Bob gets an update from cultural anthropologist Kate Browne on the struggles of the extended Creole family she’s been documenting for the past ten years. Browne’s new book is titled Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort and Coming Home after Katrina. Next, local musician Ben Jaffe shows us around Preservation Hall, the music venue started by his parents, and reminds us about some of the unique characteristics of New Orleans. Finally - we visit with local community organizer Paul Baricos at the Hollygrove Market and Farm in New Orleans and meet two of the farmers working there to help rebuild the roots of their neighborhood. Ronald Terry is a mentor farmer specializing in miniature fruit trees and Michael Beauchamp is a community gardener who grows his own vegetables and flowers in plots at the urban farm.

 

Friday
Aug282015

Bob Edwards Weekend (August 29-30, 2015)

 

HOUR ONE:

Today we’re presenting some of our favorite musical performance chats. Indiana sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz join Bob in our performance studio to discuss the beginning of their music career and to play a few songs from their self-titled album Lily & Madeleine. Then Bob sits down for a performance chat with musician Chad Lawson.  He’s an award-winning pianist and his latest CD is titled The Chopin Variations.  They discuss what it’s like to be an independent artist trying to make a career in today’s music world.

 

HOUR TWO:

Settle in for more of our favorite musical performance chats. First up, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks with Bob and performs a few songs from his CD, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. Then, Patty Larkin joins Bob in the performance studio to play songs from her latest album Still Green.  Much of the CD was written in a primitive shack on the remote dunes of Cape Cod.

 

Friday
Aug212015

The Bob Edwards Show (August 24-28)

Monday, August 24, 2015: This week, we present another round of some of our favorite musical performance chats from the past decade. Today, Bob talks with Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler about founding their band called No BS Brass!  With four trombones, three trumpets, a sax, a tuba and drums, the band can really make some noise. They’ve been rocking fans in the Richmond, Virginia area for years, now the band is hoping to introduce its sound to the rest of the country. They will start by blowing the windows out of our performance studio.  Then, Bob sits down with 12 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 “orchestral rock” album titled You Knew and discuss the unique challenges that face such a large band when on tour.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015: We continue our series of musical performance chats with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz.  The Indiana sisters join Bob in our performance studio to discuss the beginning of their music career and to play a few songs from their self-titled album Lily & Madeleine. Then Bob sits down for a performance chat with musician Chad Lawson.  He’s an award-winning pianist and his latest CD is titled The Chopin Variations.  They discuss what it’s like to be an independent artist trying to make a career in today’s music world.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015: All this week, we’re presenting some of our favorite musical performance chats from the past decade. Singer-songwriter David Wilcox has been characterized as a cross between musicians James Taylor and Nick Drake. Although his music does have a quiet, acoustic feel, its tone and message are unique to this guitarist. His album Airstream was written over two years as Wilcox, his wife, and their son traveled across America touring. He plays selections from the records and talks with Bob about his career in music. Then, Bob talks with Jimmy Carter and other members of The Blind Boys of Alabama about the Grammy-winning gospel group’s album called I’ll Find a Way. It was produced by Justin Vernon of the indie folk group Bon Iver and features guest appearances by a new generation of fans of the Blind Boys.

Thursday, August 27, 2015: We continue our series of some of our favorite musical performance chats. Today, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks with Bob and performs a few songs from his CD, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. Then, Patty Larkin joins Bob in the performance studio to play songs from her latest album Still Green.  Her 13th recording, much of the album was written in a primitive shack on the remote dunes of Cape Cod.   You can hear Larkin playing no less than seven instruments on the album —- acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bass, slide guitar, keyboards and kalimba.   

Friday, August 28, 2015: Today we conclude our week-long series of musical performance chats. For more than 50 years, the male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has kept alive the traditional sounds of their home land.  These three-time Grammy winners were South Africa’s first black musicians to receive gold record status.  They crowd into our performance studio to sing a few traditional childhood tunes from their album called Songs from a Zulu Farm. Then, Sweet Honey in the Rock, the internationally renowned all-female vocal ensemble, brings its powerhouse sound to our performance studio for a conversation with Bob and to share a few of their songs.  The Grammy award-winning group was founded in 1973 and took their name from Psalm 81:16. 

Friday
Aug212015

Bob Edwards Weekend (August 22-23, 2015)

HOUR ONE:

Capital punishment is a controversial topic. The death penalty is debated…death row inmates are sometimes granted clemency…sometimes, new evidence clears them completely. But there is another, quieter death penalty being served right now by roughly 50,000 American prisoners. They are inmates who have been sentenced to “life without parole” – who are destined to live the rest of their lives behind bars. They know that they won’t leave until they die. Bob talks with husband and wife filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond about their brand new documentary on the subject called Toe Tag Parole.

 

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks with former astronaut Chris Hadfield about a few of his 4,000 hours spent in space, and about his book An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything.  While on his mission aboard the International Space Station, Hadfield attracted the world’s attention when he released a series of photos and educational videos about life in space. His version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity received over 10 million views in its first three days online.

Then – we’ll remember our trip down to Cape Canaveral to witness a night launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Bob talks with public radio’s resident expert on NASA and the space program, Pat Duggins. He’s written several books on the subject, including Final Countdown which deals with the end of the Shuttle program.

 

Friday
Aug142015

The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (August 17-21, 2015)

Monday, August 17, 2015: One of the most legendary moments in rock-n-roll history started with an ad placed in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal:  “Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions.”   That “Aquarian Exposition” took place 46 years ago this weekend.  Greg Walter worked on the backstage crew of Woodstock and came away with more than his share of stories, which he includes in Woodstock: A New Look - along with photographs he shot during the festival.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015: A trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council since 1974, Robert Redford has dedicated nearly as much of his life to the environment as he has to filmmaking.  Redford joined Bob on stage at the Lincoln Center in front of a live audience in 2009 to talk about his film career, his support for young artists, the many NRDC campaigns he has supported in the past – and why that work will still be needed for years to come. Today is Redford’s 79th birthday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015: In the UK it was published as Alex’s Adventures in Numberland.  The US version has a cleverly improved title, Here’s Looking at Euclid.  Whatever the title, Alex Bellos has managed to write a best-selling book all about math. Bellos traveled around the world interviewing people whose lives are connected to math.  Bellos’ ambition is to prove to a wider audience - starting with Bob - that “the world of math is a remarkable place.”

Thursday, August 20, 2015: Clay Johnson is the founder of Blue State Digital which built and managed Barack Obama’s online presidential campaign.  Now Johnson says we not only suffer from information overload, but we have lost the ability to filter the average eleven hours of data we ingest every day.  He describes the problem and offers some advice in his book titled, The Information Diet: a Case for Conscious Consumption. Then Ronald Bishop explores our society’s obsession with triviality, extravagance and spectacle in his book, More: The Vanishing of Scale in an Over-the-Top Nation.

Friday, August 21, 2015: Bob talks with former astronaut Chris Hadfield about a few of his 4,000 hours spent in space, and about his book An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything.  While on his mission aboard the International Space Station, Hadfield attracted the world’s attention when he released a series of photos and educational videos about life in space. His version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity received over 10 million views in its first three days online.  Then – we’ll remember our trip down to Cape Canaveral to witness a night launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Bob talks with public radio’s resident expert on the NASA and the space program, Pat Duggins. He’s written several books on the subject, including The Final Countdown which deals with the end of the Shuttle program.