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THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW SCHEDULE
December 2-6, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
In Queen of Katwe, sports reporter Tim Crothers tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, who rose from a street kid in Kampala, Uganda to become a world-ranked youth chess player. 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 new biography Duke.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Robert Stone won the National Book Award for Dog Soldiers, and he’s just published his first novel in ten years. In Death of the Black-Haired Girl, Stone creates a drama of passionate characters, acting out American cultural battles. Religion, class and abortion drive a story of death and revenge. Then, Margaret Wrinkle knew she had slaveholding ancestors but she did not know they were slave breeders, too. Bob talks with Wrinkle about her debut novel Wash and about her family history.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Piper Kerman made a very bad decision in 1992, agreeing to carry some drug money on a flight from Chicago to Brussels for her then-girlfriend. Nearly a decade later, Kerman was arrested for the crime and sentenced to a year in federal prison. The experience spawned a memoir, Orange is the New Black, which is now a hit TV show on Netflix. The book and series tell the stories of some of the women Kerman met in prison.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Bob talks to Wired magazine columnist Clive Thompson about his new book Smarter than You Think. It’s about the different ways technology and the internet is changing the way we think and process information. Then, Teller is best-known as one half of the famous Vegas magic duo Penn & Teller. But recently, Teller tried his hand at a different form of illusion: film. Directing the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, Teller tells the remarkable story of a Texas man who sets out to explain how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer created photo-realistic works over 100 years before the invention of photography.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, Bob talks to author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang about his book, The Distraction Addition. The subtitle explains it all: “Getting the information you need and the communication you want, without enraging your family, annoying your colleagues and destroying your Soul.” Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.