This Weekend

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – October 31 – November 1, 2009




Beginning in the late 1960s, Charles Kuralt headed out with a small crew to document unusual and overlooked stories from America’s back roads.  Logging more than a million miles and going through several motor homes, the resulting vignettes became On the Road, and dozens of those segments are now available on DVD for the first time.  Isadore (Izzy) Bleckman was Kuralt’s cameraman for most of those 25 years, and he shares his stories from the road.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from Robbins Milbank. A Princeton graduate and son of a prominent New England family, Milbank worked as a logger in British Columbia for six years. He later moved into advertising, becoming a vice president at McCann-Erickson, and wrote docu-dramas for television.





The 2010 Census is slated to begin soon. And 18 months ago, as required by law, the Census Bureau submitted to Congress the exact wording of each of the ten questions that would be included on the survey. But now Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has introduced an amendment that would require an 11th question: Are you an American citizen?  Patricia Murphy writes “The Capitolist” column for Politics Daily and explains the controversy over the proposed 11th question.


With everyone from the environmental movement to big business “going green,” oceanographer Sylvia Earle urges us to remember the blue. In her new book, The World is Blue, Earle describes the deteriorating health of our oceans and how their decline affects other animals – including humans. Earle is a National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence and she led the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 1990-1992.