THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – October 25-29, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
John Adams worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office when he and fellow lawyers teamed up to form a grassroots environmental group, which began with a layer of soot on a windowsill in New York City. The Natural Resources Defense Council now has more than 1.2 million members and 350 attorneys with a mission to protect the earth. John and his wife Patricia Adams discuss their new book, A Force for Nature: The Story of NRDC and the Fight to Save Our Planet.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We finish off our series “Shhhh… Libraries at Work!” by exploring the library’s role in society. Why does the library hold a special place in our hearts? Who should determine what books are on— and off—the library shelves? And what happens when the “public” library becomes “private?” The trend to privatize public libraries is growing but when it happens, communities often fight back. We’ll talk to Stephen Klein and Jackie Griffin, two librarians who are fighting to keep their counties from outsourcing their public libraries. Then, we talk with Barbara Jones, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The OIF tracks formal requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book’s content.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Bob talks with Robin Nagle, who has one of the more interesting jobs out there. She’s the anthropologist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation, a position she’s held since 2006. When she’s not studying the city’s trash, Nagle directs the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, initially planned to write a book about “postracial” America after President Barack Obama’s election in 2008. As Norris began to research America’s racial past, she was surprised to discover that her real story was much closer to home. Her book is titled The Grace of Silence. Then, Salon.com book critic Laura Miller dishes on fall books and what titles are worth your time as the days grow shorter.
Friday, October 29, 2010
David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, Bob talks with David Kindred, author of Morning Miracle. The book is an insider’s account of the workings of the Washington Post. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Robin Mize. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works with individuals, couples and groups. She writes about learning to respect differences in political opinions, saying she is uncomfortable with the mob mentality of marches and protests.