This Week's Show



Monday, November 17, 2008 


Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, much like the bear who went over the mountain, 25 years ago writer William Least Heat-Moon set off across America to see what he could see.  He recorded his findings in Blue Highway, putting his work on the literary map.  Now, after all these years, he ventured out again to see how small town America has changed.  His new book is calledRoads to Quoz: An American Mosey.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Musician Elvis Costello is adding television host to his resume. Beginning December 3rd, the Sundance Channel will air a series called Spectacle in which Costello talks and performs with celebrities including Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel and Bill Clinton. Then, New York Times diplomatic correspondent Helene Cooper talks with Bob about her new book, The House at Sugar Beach. Cooper was born into a society of wealth and privilege in Liberia, as a descendent of one of the first settlers in the African country.  In 1980, her life was forever changed when the Liberian government was overthrown and her family was forced to flee to America.  Cooper tells the story of how she reconnected with her Liberian roots years after she left the country.


WednesdayNovember 19, 2008  


Denis Leary started his career as a stand-up comedian, but has developed into a respected film and television actor.  He leads his own award-winning dramatic series Rescue Me on the cable network FX. Leary also still loves performing and writing comedy.  His new book is called Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.  Then, as chancellor of Washington, DC public schools, Michelle Rhee is one of the most controversial government workers today. Since her appointment in the summer of 2007, Rhee has fired nearly 800 teachers, principals and assistant principals. She also took the teachers union and the city council to task.  Clay Risen interviewed Rhee and parents, teachers, and school staff for his article in The Atlantic and will discuss what he learned as part of that investigation.


Thursday, November 20, 2008 

Bob talks with legendary composer, producer and musician Quincy Jones.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Writer Michael Lewis compiled an anthology of the best contemporary financial articles in the book Panic! He talks with Bob about America's history of financial catastrophes and contextualizes the latest economic crisis.  Then, Bob talks with historian and business scholar Niall Ferguson.  Ferguson is author of the upcoming book The Ascent of Money:  A Financial History of the World.