Friday, April 11, 2014
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, most of Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book is based on a notebook she began when she was 14-years-old. Ehrenreich, best-known for her social justice polemics (Nickeled and Dimed, Bait and Switch), experienced a series of what she would later call “mystical” episodes in her childhood that reverberated throughout her life. Raised by staunch atheists and rationalists (and identifying as both today), Ehrenreich goes back to consider the Big Questions that we all struggle with. Her memoir is titled Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything. Finally, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years until his assassination in 2011. Showtime’s documentary, Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Muammar Gaddafi, airs on Friday, April 11th and Bob talks with producer Roy Ackerman about Gaddafi’s regime.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Conservationist and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Dave Goulson found his passion for bees as a young boy in rural England. His book, A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees, looks at why bees worldwide are declining and what we can do about it. Then, director Liza Johnson’s new film, Hateship Loveship, is an adaptation of a short story by Nobel laureate Alice Munro and stars actress Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) as the shy lead character. Bob talks with Johnson and Wiig about this story of unlikely friendship and love. Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, and Guy Pearce co-star.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Four years ago, three American hikers in Iraqi Kurdistan accidentally crossed the border into Iran. Captured by border patrol, they were accused of espionage and sent to Evin prison in Tehran. Bob talks to Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd about their experience and book, A Sliver Of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran. Then, linguist and senior writer for the New York Times, Margalit Fox’s book The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells the fascinating tale of Linear B, a previously-unknown script discovered at the turn-of-the 19th century in the ruins of Knossos. It’s now available in paperback.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Bob talks to Michael Lewis about high frequency trading on Wall Street. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department is investigating high speed trading, saying it rigs the market. Michael Lewis explains how this relatively new, shadowy industry operates, and the efforts of a handful of traders to rein it in, in his new book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Then, for the past 18 years, photographer Robert Dawson traveled the United States cataloguing hundreds of public libraries. His book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, combines his pictures with essays about our library system from America’s best writers and public thinkers. Joining Dawson to talk with Bob about the state of this American institution is Luis Herrera, director of San Francisco Public Library.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Right Act, Bob speaks with two authors of new books that tell the story behind the creation of the landmark legislation. Clay Risen is an editor at New York Times op-ed section and the author of The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. And Todd Purdum is a senior writer at Politico and the author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Then, we listen back to our talk with Jesse Winchester, who sadly lost his battle with cancer last week at age 69. In 1967, Winchester went to Canada to avoid being drafted into military service during the Vietnam War. While in Montreal, he wrote songs that were covered by various artists, but Winchester’s career as a performer suffered because he couldn’t tour in the United States. Only after President Carter’s amnesty in 1977 could Winchester return to the U.S. to perform for his American fans.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, actor John Torturro has appeared in four films by the Coen Brothers, nine Spike Lee joints and all three of the Transformers blockbuster movies. His latest film is Fading Gigolo, which he wrote, directed and stars in. It includes a stellar cast, featuring Woody Allen as Torturro’s pimp. We’ll discuss the new movie and Torturro’s eclectic acting career.