Bob Edwards Weekend – March 21-22, 2009

HOUR ONE

 

  • Public radio reporter Pat Duggins updates us on NASA and Space Shuttle Discovery’s launch. Part of its mission is to pick up astronaut Sandy Magnus from the International Space Station. She's been up there since mid-November following the launch of Endeavour, which we covered on this program.Duggins’ latest book is Final Countdown. It’s now out in paperback and chronicles the history of the Space Shuttle program. Then Bob talks with astronauts Sandy Magnus and Mike Fincke as they orbit the Earth aboard the International Space Station.

 

  • Michelle Perchonok of the Space Food Systems Lab joins Bob to chat about how foods are prepared, stored, re-heated and eaten during space travel. Bob will also taste some of NASA’s astro-delicacies.

 

  • Scientist Alan Boss is a researcher at the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and one of the world's leading scholars on the formation of stars and planets. His latest book, The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets, details the strides contemporary science has made in locating life on other planets.

 

HOUR TWO

 

  • Writer and literary commentator Elaine Showalter tackled the daunting task of compiling the first comprehensive history of American female writers from 1650 to 2000. A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx is a remarkable collection which includes the famous and the obscure.

 

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble was founded by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995 and is based in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. McCorvey and twenty-five members of the Ensemble discuss and perform examples of the American Negro spiritual -- music created by slaves with African roots and biblical text.