Bob Edwards Show, 1/5 to 1/9



Monday, January 5, 2009:  Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, as part of our ongoing series about education reform, Howard Gardner discusses how students learn. Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of numerous books including, The Disciplined Mind: What All Students Should Understand.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009:  Bob talks with Jay Parini about Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009:  These days we hear about the imminent demise of the printed newspaper, but in 1835, when most Americans were not daily readers, the fledgling New York Sun printed a remarkable story that made newspapers a must read for millions. Author Matthew Goodman's new book is The Sun and The Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York.  Then, Bob talks with legendary performer Boz Scaggs about his expansive career and his new CD Speak Low.


Thursday, January 8, 2009:  About 68-percent of newspaper articles, TV shows, blogs and radio programs can't get through a topic without quoting a few statistics. Joel Best, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, has created a guide for seeing through faulty stats, with his book Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data. Then, Bob talks to Edward Zwick, director of the new film Defiance.


Friday, January 9, 2009:  David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob live with the latest from the capital and beyond. Then, there is a new six-part television series and book about the history of comedy in America.  Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor are two of the people behind Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America. The book is out now and the PBS series premieres January 14th. Both feature stories, interviews and jokes with this country's funniest people.  Malson and Kantor help us get to the bottom of the question: "What makes us laugh and why?"