Friday, July 31, 2009
David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, most people would have found Julie Klam’s childhood enviable; her mother would repeatedly take her out of school to spend the day shopping at Bloomingdale’s and having lavish lunches. But Julie would soon learn that her glamorous life growing up in New York’s wealthy Westchester County did little to prepare her for the real world. In her memoir, Please Excuse my Daughter, Klam records her successes and failures making it on her own with humor, wit, and self-effacing grace. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from Eleanor Roosevelt. She was the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, was active in Democratic politics and helped shape her husband’s New Deal programs while he was president. Considered one of the most active and influential First Ladies in U.S. history, she advocated for racial equality, women’s rights and world peace.