Bob Edwards Weekend April 25-26, 2009



  • At the end of 2006, more than 1 million highly skilled immigrant professionals and their families were waiting for permanent resident visas. But only 120,000 visas are given out every year. A new study shows that instead of continuing to wait, the foreign-born engineers, scientists and doctors are returning home. Bob talked with Vivek Wadhwa, the researcher behind the study who explains what’s causing the reverse brain drain and why it matters to the US economy.


  • Franz Wisner became famous when his fiancé dumped him just before their wedding. Wisner wrote a best-selling book about the experience called Honeymoon With My Brother. Now Wisner has taken his younger brother Kurt on another global adventure and written How the World Makes Love: … And What It Taught a Jilted Groom.


  • Singer-songwriter Elliott Murphy has released 29 albums since his debut in 1973 with Aquashow. But he’s not a household name here, maybe because he was one of the first American artists to go independent — and because he’s lived in France since 1989. Murphy talks with Bob about his music, his life on the road and his books. Murphy has written five including a semi-autobiography, Cold and Electric, and the novel, Where the Men are Rich and the Women are Naked.



  • Andrew Bacevich is a unique observer of American politics. He is a retired Army colonel, a self-described conservative Catholic, a history professor at Boston University and the father of a soldier who was killed while fighting in Iraq. Bob talks with Bacevich about his book titled The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. It comes out in paperback April 28th.


  • Bob talks with Laura Waters Hinson, director of the documentary, As We Forgive. The movie tells the stories of survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide as they prepare to face the men who slaughtered their families and test whether reconciliation can really work.


  • In honor of Holocaust Awareness Month, Martin Goldsmith, host of Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall, talks about the musicians and composers who died in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin.