Monday, December 15, 2008: Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham discusses his latest book which chronicles the life of Andrew Jackson. American Lion sheds light on the myth surrounding America's seventh President and examines Jackson's personal struggles and political philosophies.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008: Bob spends the hour with Annie Leibovitz one of the world's best known photographers. She's been the featured portrait photographer for Vanity Fair magazine since 1983, and her images of celebrities and public figures have reached an iconic status. Washington DC's Corcoran Gallery is exhibiting images from Leibovitz's latest book Annie Leibovitz At Work.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008: According to a recent Gallup poll, four out of ten Americans say they dislike Muslims -- but they might not know just how much influence Arabic culture has had on our nation. San Francisco Chronicle journalist Jonathan Curiel explains how The Doors, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the French Quarter were influenced by Muslims. Curiel's book is titled Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots.
Thursday, December 18, 2008: The Iranian-born photographer Reza has spent his professional life viewing the beauty of humanity and the horror of war through his camera lens. These days, he takes pictures for National Geographic and a retrospective of his career has recently been published in the form of a stunning new book, it's titled Reza War + Peace. Then, Salon.com book critic Laura Miller recommends books for holiday gift giving.
Friday, December 19, 2008: Bob talks with writer Kate DiCamillo who has written just four young adult novels. Her works have been honored by some of the genres most prestigious awards, including the Newberry Award. DiCamillo's third novel, The Tale of Despereaux, is being released as an animated film this December. Then, Bob talks with SIRIUS XM's Mike Abrams and Randi Martin about this year's Radio Hannukah.