Bob Edwards Show 12/29 to 1/2

THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – December 29, 2008 – January 2, 2009

 

Monday, December 29, 2008

Rarely does the public get a glimpse inside the United States Supreme Court. However, Jeffrey Toobin was granted access to interviews and insiders of the nation's highest court. He explains to Bob the politics and cliques that dominate many of the court's decisions. His most recent book is The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. Then, James Patterson is the author of Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush V. Gore. Politics are well represented here, but Patterson doesn't skimp on the cultural and social events that defined that span. Madonna and Ice-T share pages with the Moral Majority and Timothy McVeigh.

 

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Author Michael Lewis talks about his book The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game. Lewis looks at the business of football by following the career of Michael Oher who just completed his senior season at the University of Mississippi as a first team All American and will likely be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Then, Bob travels to Fort Missoula, Montana to talk with Bert Benedetti and Alfredo Chipolato. Both men were detained during World War Two for the crime of being Italian.

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bob visits with cowboy poet, rancher, late-life environmentalist Wally McRae about his work and life at his ranch outside of Forsyth, Montana. McRae's family has been raising cattle near Little Big Horn for four generations. McRae is also the founding member of the Northern Plains Research Council, an advocacy group whose work led to the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. In 1990, McRae became the first Montanan and the first cowboy poet to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship.

 

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Author Malcolm Gladwell talks to Bob about rapid cognition, the kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye in his book Blink.

 

Friday, January 2, 2009

Frank Langella won the Best Actor Tony Award in 2007 for his performance in the acclaimed play Frost/Nixon. Bob talks to Langella about his film Starting Out in the Evening. He stars as Leonard Schiller, an out-of-print New York writer whose solitary existence is interrupted by a young, beautiful graduate student writing her thesis about his novels. The student is played by Lauren Ambrose, the redhead from Six Feet Under. Then, Bob talks to Philip Seymour Hoffman about his leading role in Capote which he won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2006. The actor has nailed some of the coolest roles Hollywood has had to offer...he's stolen scenes from Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights, Tom Cruise in Magnolia, and Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly. Capote covers the tumultuous period in Truman Capote's life leading up to the publication of his true-crime masterpiece In Cold Blood.