Bob Edwards Weekend – May 30-31, 2009

HOUR ONE

For his editorial cartoons, Mike Luckovich has won two Pulitzer Prizes – which he calls “the ultimate coloring contest.” Luckovich is the staff editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution but his work is also syndicated to hundred of papers nationwide and regularly appears in Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Writer Ruth Reichl is editor in chief for Gourmet magazine, former food critic for both the New York and the Los Angeles Times, and the author of three best-selling memoirs. Her latest, Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way, is a tribute to her mother, Miriam Brudno, whose larger than life personality dominated Reichl’s younger years.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from Herbert Lehman. He co-founded the Lehman Brothers investment banking firm in 1908 and served in the Army during World War I, rising to the rank of colonel. Lehman, a Democrat, was Governor of New York from 1933 to 1942, and served as U.S. Senator from 1949 until 1957.

 

HOUR TWO

A third of all pet owners admit to buying birthday presents for their furry friends. Many pet groomers now offer pedicures as part of their routine service. And if your dog is deemed to be suffering from separation anxiety, your vet might prescribe puppy Prozac. It’s all part of the $43 BILLION a year pet care industry. Michael Shaffer has written a new book about our pet-obsessed culture called One Nation Under Dog.

Author and journalist Peter Laufer tells Bob all about his new book The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists. It touches on the relationships between butterflies and organized crime, ecological devastation, species depletion, the integrity of natural history museum collections and the role butterflies play in the art world.