Coming Up This Weekend



Based on Thomas Frank’s best-seller, the new documentary film What’s the Matter with Kansas? shows how the state transformed from an outpost of progessive politics to a bastion of hard-core conservatism.  Bob talks with Frank and the film’s co-director Joe Winston.


In 2006, Bob visited the Santa Fe, New Mexico home of former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall for a long and wide-ranging discussion. Udall was a staunch conservationist and is responsible for helping to preserve much of this country’s public lands and national parks. We’ll re-run some of their conversation to mark Stewart Udall’s passing. He died last Saturday at the age of 90.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Alexander Forbes, a pioneering doctor in the field of neurophysiology. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1910 and devoted himself to research on the human nervous system. Forbes served as professor emeritus of physiology at Harvard for many years.




David Kessler is one of the most driven and successful doctors of his generation. He fearlessly took on the tobacco industry as head of the FDA, was dean of a premier medical school in California and has done path breaking research in pediatrics. But there is one part of his life where he has always struggled: his weight.  In his book The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Kessler analyzes why more American every year are losing the battle to control their waistlines and how that affects the overall health of the country.


The day before his senior year in college began, singer-songwriter Joe Pug packed up his belongings and headed for Chicago. Working as a carpenter by day, Pug’s friend snuck him into a studio to record his songs. That was the beginning of the 25-year-old’s music career which now includes a well-received EP and a new full-length CD called Messenger.