This Week




Monday, December 22, 2008

Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Next, CBS reporter Don Hollenbeck was a colleague of Edward R. Murrow and created contemporary media criticism. Hollenbeck was attacked by Hearst columnist Jack O'Brien as a Communist---which he most assuredly was not. Hollenbeck couldn't take the accusations and gassed himself in his kitchen. Bob talks with author Loren Ghiglione about his biography, CBS's Don Hollenbeck. Then, etymologist Michael Quinion returns to share his insight of English words and phrases.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dan O'Keefe was a writer on Seinfeld when he decided to incorporate some O'Keefe family traditions into the show's plot-less plot. And that's how America found out about Festivus (FES-tih-vus). O'Keefe reminisces about his unique upbringing and the vision his father, who founded the holiday for “the rest-of-us," had for it. Then, Bob speaks with the man who personified Festivus, Jerry Stiller. Stiller is half of the legendary comedy duo Stiller & Meara and he's joined by his wife, Anne Meara.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Traditionally, it's the A-list films that get all the attention. But here, national movie critic David Sterritt highlights cinema's best of the B-list. Next, Entertainment critic David Kipen talks about new movies and holiday favorites. Then, Sirius XM classical music host Martin Goldsmith explains some of George Frideric Handel's musical trickery in his masterpiece "The Messiah."


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bob talks to historian Michael Kazin about his book, A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. It explores Bryan's role as a leader of the Christian left in the United States, and asks why that movement has all but disappeared from the political scene. Then, Bob talks to Karen Armstrong, one of the worlds most highly regarded authors on religion about her book The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions.


Friday, December 26, 2008


Bob speaks with etiquette expert Judith Martin about her book Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior. Then, Bob speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer in front of a live audience at The Smithsonian Institution. Feiffer is a member of the Comic Book Hall of Fame and has written respected screenplays, books and plays. In 2006, Feiffer received the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Award.