Bob Edwards Weekend May 16-17, 2009

HOUR ONE

Bob talks with political strategist and author James Carville about his new book 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh is best known for working with the plays of Shakespeare, but now he’s starring as the scruffy Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in the new Masterpiece Mystery! miniseries. Wallander is based on the bestselling novels by Henning Mankell and it airs Sunday evenings on PBS until the end of the month.

For the latest installment in our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from Marty Mann. Born into a wealthy Chicago family, Mann worked as a magazine editor, art critic and photographer. She was the first woman to join Alcoholics Anonymous and she also created the National Committee on Alcoholism.

 

HOUR TWO

E. Ethelbert Miller is a poet and a champion of his fellow poets—though “literary activist” is the term he uses to describe himself. He’s also a baseball fan, and nearing 60 years of age, figures he’s in The Fifth Inning of his life. That’s the title of his second memoir in which he uses baseball as a metaphor for measuring his life so far.

Mike Tyson was boxing’s biggest star in the 1980s. He was dominant in the ring, but the same inner-demons that propelled Tyson’s ferocity eventually led to his downfall. After serving time in prison and falling into bankruptcy, Mike Tyson contritely tells his own story in the new documentary, Tyson. Bob speak with director James Toback about Mike Tyson and his fascinating life journey.

One simple question sent journalist and running enthusiast Christopher McDougall across the globe: Why does my foot hurt?  In his quest, McDougall ran endurance races across America, visited science labs at Harvard, and spent time with a tribe in Mexico’s Copper Canyons, whose speed and health could match any Olympic marathoner.  McDougall’s book is titled Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.