Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – October 3-4, 2009
Journalist Allison Hoover-Bartlett became friends with a rare book dealer and John Charles Gilkey, the thief who stole from him. Bartlett’s book The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession ties all of their stories together, and offers a glimpse into the exclusive world of book collectors.
In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from William O. Douglas. He was an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1939 to 1975. As a boy, he hiked the Cascade Mountains near his home in Washington to strengthen legs weakened by polio. Douglas’ prolific career on the bench was marked by controversy and two attempts to impeach him.
Juan Gabriel Vasquez grew up in Colombia, was educated in his home country, and in Paris at the Sorbonne. The 36-year old writer has been translated in nine languages and now for the first time published in the United States. The Informers is a novel set in World War II Colombia and tells the story of a man who publicly betrays his son and how long buried family secrets come to light.
Mike Fay is an explorer and conservationist who specializes in long journeys. In 1999, he hiked 2,000 miles across the Congo River Basin to take an ecological census of the area. His latest journey was through the magnificent Redwood forests of the Pacific coast. Along the trek, Fay met loggers, environmentalists and ecologists who are developing “enlightened forestry.” Photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols accompanied Fay on the journey and their work is being showcased in October’s edition of National Geographic Magazine. The journey is also being featured in “Climbing Redwood Giants” on the National Geographic TV channel’s “Explorer” program.
Bob talks with entertainment critic David Kipen about new movies in theaters this weekend.