Coming Up This Weekend

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – March 13-14, 2010

HOUR ONE

The Pacific is a 10-part miniseries that portrays the real-life journeys of Marines fighting across the Pacific Theater during World War II.  Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are the producers of the HBO program which is based on the book also titled The Pacific by historian Hugh Ambrose. He talks with Bob about the stories from his book, which is the official companion to the miniseries premiering this weekend on HBO.

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Robert A. Heinlein.  He won four Hugo Awards during his 50-year career as a science fiction writer. Born and raised in Missouri, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929 and did aeronautical engineering for the Navy during World War II. Heinlein’s books include Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land.

 

HOUR TWO

 

For the first time, the best essays of Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss have been collected into a single volume. Into the Story brings together essays about Bill Clinton’s childhood in Little Rock, Barack Obama’s rise through the dreams of his mother, Jesse Jackson’s relationship with Martin Luther King and many other stories by Maraniss about his journey through life, politics, sports and loss. 

 

Suzi Ragsdale has sung background vocals on more than 60 albums including Whisper My Name by Randy Travis, but recording her own music has been a slower process.  This year, the songwriter, vocalist and pianist has released a double album.  The project and the first CD is titled Best Regards, an eclectic set of Ragsdale’s most recent tunes. Disc two, Less of the Same, is a mix of songs written over the course of her career.