THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW – November 22-26, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
We kick of our new series called Music City Mondays with an overview of Nashville from mayor Karl Dean. He takes Bob on a driving tour of downtown to discuss the devastating flood the city suffered this past spring. Mayor Dean also shows off some of his Green initiatives, the bustling construction site for Nashville’s new convention center and he takes us backstage at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Then we’ll give you a sneak preview of the rest of the series, including interviews with musicians Guy Clark, Jim Lauderdale, Marshall Chapman and Marty Stuart.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Matt Taibbi’s writing makes the powerful squirm. In one of his Rolling Stone articles he compared Goldman Sachs to a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” In his new book, Griftopia, Taibbi argues it’s the grifter class that is creating a redistribution of wealth in this country —— taking it out of the hands of the working class and putting it into the coffers of the super rich. Then, serious mythology surrounds Cleopatra but the truth is just as exciting: Married twice, each time to a brother, the Queen of Egypt slept with neither. Instead, she waged a civil war against one and poisoned the other. She had sex with only two men: Mark Antony and Julius Caesar. Cleopatra was the richest and most powerful woman in the world for a time, and all this before her death in her late 30s. Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff reconstructs one of history’s most famous lives in her new book, Cleopatra.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp recorded his latest album, No Better Than This, in Savannah’s First African Baptist Church, Sun Studio in Memphis, and the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio (site of blues master Robert Johnson’s historic 1936 recordings). The album recently enjoyed a number 10 spot on the Billboard 200, making this the 10th Top 10 album of Mellencamp’s career.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
On this Thanksgiving Day we dip into our archives. First it’s Bob’s interview with Nantucket resident Nathaniel Philbrick about his book Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War. Then, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva have been producing some of the best stuff on radio since 1979. They are the creators of two Peabody Award winning NPR series Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Bob talks to The Kitchen Sisters about their project, an audio book based on their radio series Hidden Kitchens: Stories and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters.
Friday, November 26, 2010
David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, when England’s King Edward VIII abdicated to marry an American, his younger brother George suddenly found himself not only king of England, but the symbolic head of a nation on the brink of World War II. The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, follows George’s (Colin Firth) personal battle as he struggles to overcome his stutter and connect with his people. Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush costar. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Shannon Lee Denney. She is an attorney in Milwaukee, but her first love is cooking. The kitchen is the most important room in her house. Denney began learning to cook at her mother’s side when she was a child, and she is teaching her daughters to cook the same way, passing along treasured family recipes.