THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – April 26-30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Bob talks with former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and current Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Simon Johnson about his new book 13 Bankers. Johnson argues that the fundamental causes of our financial crisis are still with us and that a second financial shock is inevitable unless the six largest banks are broken up. Then, in 1958, Kris Wilski was a young man living in his native Poland when U.S. jazz ambassador Dave Brubeck stopped in Warsaw for a memorial round of concerts and goodwill. Bob talks with Wilski about his experiences in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Master novelist Ian McEwan’s new book Solar tells the story of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who, at this mid-point in his career, is happy to coast along on his famous name, even while his personal life falls apart around him. McEwan is the Booker Prize winning author of the novels Atonement, Saturday, and Amsterdam. Then, Dr. Arthur Burnett, director of the Male Consultation Clinic at Johns Hopkins, is an authority on prostate cancer. Journalist Norman Morris, former CBS News producer, is a prostate cancer survivor himself. Co-authors of the book Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak Their Mind, they’ll talk honesty about the latest in diagnosis, treatment, and after effects. The book features personal stories from famous prostate cancer survivors like Sen. John Kerry and golf legend Arnold Palmer.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Actress Carol Burnett hosted The Carol Burnett Show for 11 years, winning an outstanding 25 Emmys along the way. Her book This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection recounts some of Burnett’s most memorable stories and beloved roles over her 55 year career. Then, Brothers Willy and Cody Braun grew up touring and playing with their father’s western swing band. Then they moved from Idaho to Austin, Texas to form their own band and named it after a brazen Australian bank robber. Reckless Kelly has just released its seventh studio album called Somewhere In Time. The Braun brothers and drummer Jay Nazz join Bob to discuss the band’s career arc and the new CD.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thomas Jefferson is revered as one of the visionary founding fathers of our country, but his tenure as governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War nearly derailed his legacy. Led by Benedict Arnold, the British took Virginia with relative ease and Jefferson was forced to flee his beloved home. The memories and lessons gleaned from these events had a profound effect on the rest of Jefferson’s life. Michael Kranish is a reporter in the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau and the author of Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War. Then, private eye Leonid McGill is a suspect in a murder case in award-winning novelist Walter Mosley’s latest book Known to Evil. Translated into over 20 languages, Mosley is best known as the author of the popular Easy Rawlins’s detective series. This is Mosley’s second novel about McGill, a bad-guy turned good-guy contemporary detective working the means streets of New York City.
Friday, April 30, 2010
David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, Bob talks with brothers Benjamin and Peter Bratt about their new feature film, La Mission. Benjamin plays a father struggling to come to terms with his son’s homosexuality in this loving portrait of San Francisco’s gentrifying Latino neighborhood. The film was directed and written by Peter Bratt. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Walter Lanier “Red” Barber. Red Barber was a play-by-play announcer from 1933 – 1966, working for the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. In retirement, he wrote seven books and appeared in weekly conversations with Bob Edwards on NPR. Barber was among the first broadcasters honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame.