Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for The Los Angeles Times, joins Bob todiscuss the latest political news. Next, Molly Melching has lived and worked in Senegal, West Africa since 1974. She is the founder and executive director of Tostan, a nongovernmental organization that has developed an innovative model for development in which communities are leading large scale social movements for positive change. Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
Monday, May 20, 2013
was the second man to step foot on the moon and the first to punch an Apollo conspiracy theorist in the jaw after the man demanded Aldrin swear on a Bible that the Moon landings were not fake. Aldrin dedicated a chapter to the incident in his 2009 autobiography Magnificent Desolation, titled after the words that he uttered while walking on the moon. Now he’s authored a new book from National Geographic in which he lays out his goals for the space program and how he believes we can get humans to Mars. It’s titled Mission to Mars
. Then, winter inspires the layering of sweaters, big jackets and long johns, and now that spring is here, t-shirts, shorts and swimsuits anxiously await their yearly debut. Steve Winick and Nancy Groce
from The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
return to the program with a topic for all seasons, ‘clothing.’
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Saul Bellow was a self-taught writer, whose prose remade American fiction in his own image and created many literary “sons” who were influenced by him. Now Bellow’s oldest biological son, Greg, has written a memoir titled, Saul Bellow’s Heart, which seeks to enlighten the world about his father’s inner life. Bob talks with Greg Bellow about family stories, literary legacies and the man he loved and still misses today.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Pot. Herb. Mary Jane. America has a love/hate relationship with cannabis. According to Yale-educated journalist and television producer Ryan Nerz, that relationship is more like a love affair. Nerz talks to Bob about his book on the subject, Marijuanamerica: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed. Then, The Atlantic Wire reports that America is headed for a Weed Spring – a coming wave of revolutionary change for the sticky icky. It is, after all, the largest cash crop in America, out-budding corn and wheat. Two states have legalized personal marijuana use, and eighteen states have legalized medical marijuana use, including last month’s recent addition, Maryland. NORML, the marijuana public-interest lobby, believes the rest of the nation is on its way. Bob is joined by NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup and Communications Director Erik Altieri to talk about these and more changes in marijuana legislation.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Developmental psychologist Peter Gray has spent years studying the impact of children’s imaginative play on their growth and development. He shares his findings in his new book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for life. Gray is the author of Psychology, one of the most widely used college textbook on the subject and a professor at Boston College. Then, best-known for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the Robert Altman film MASH, Sally Kellerman has a resume that ranges from jazz albums to Hidden Valley Ranch commercials. It’s been more than 50 years since her on-screen debut in Reform School Girl and Kellerman tells it all in her new autobiography titled, Read My Lips.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for The Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, English professor Bill Scott spent his sabbatical living and working as a librarian in the People’s Library at Zuccotti Park, the former headquarters of Occupy Wall Street. In the early hours of November 15th, an army of police in riot gear - acting on the authority of Mayor Michael Bloomberg - raided the park, seized the 5,554 donated books, and destroyed nearly all of them. Four library laptops were also destroyed, as well as all the bookshelves, storage bins, stamps and cataloging supplies and the large tent that housed the library. Occupy Wall Street sued and last month won a settlement that included an admission of guilt from the Bloomberg administration that reads in part, “Plaintiffs and Defendants recognize that when a person’s property is removed from the city it is important that the City exercise due care and adhere to established procedure in order to protect legal rights of property owners.” Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
Monday, May 27, 2013
It’s been more than forty years since thousands of American troops died fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. For this Memorial Day, we pay tribute to our service men and women with an encore presentation of our award-winning show Stories from Third Med: Surviving a Jungle ER
. The documentary includes stories of the Navy’s Third Medical Battalion, which served alongside the Third Marine Division. They were based near the DMZ, closest to the enemy in North Vietnam. Four decades later, the doctors and corpsmen recount the horror (and humor) they can never forget, and reflect on the forces that drive men to war in the first place.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Writer and World War II specialist Robert Edsel’s new book is Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis. Edsel is the founder and current president of the Monuments Men Foundation.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Bob talks with guitarist Ben Harper and harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite about their new CD titled Get Up! The two musicians and occasional collaborators have wanted to record a full album together for over a decade and finally found the time after first clicking musically at a 1997 recording session with John Lee Hooker. Then, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinksy’s modernist classic The Rite of Spring, Symphony Hall host Martin Goldsmith walks Bob through what happened that fateful night and why 100 years later, this piece still packs an impressive musical punch.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Laurence Leamer’s book, The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption, tells the story of two lawyers’ attempt to hold Don Blankenship, the most powerful coal baron in American history, accountable for the death and destruction he has caused. Blankenship was head of Massey Energy, a company that provided nearly half of America’s electric power, since the early 1990s. Then, Eduardo Galeano is one of Latin America’s most prized writers. In 2009, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave a copy of Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent to President Barack Obama. Now, Uruguayan author and journalist joins Bob to discuss his most recent work, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for The Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, Bob talks with prolific documentarian Alex Gibney about his latest film. We Steal Secrets is a study of transparency and privacy in the information age. Gibney focuses the story on Julian Assange, the controversial founder of the website WikiLeaks and on the once anonymous source behind the largest security breach in US history. That source turned out to be a young Army Intelligence analyst named Bradley Manning, currently awaiting court martial in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Both he and Assange have been lauded as heroes of free speech…they’ve also been called a traitor and a terrorist. Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.