Coming Up This Weekend

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – April 10-11, 2010

 

HOUR ONE

A Human Terrain Team is a relatively new concept in the military.  The idea is to incorporate social scientists and cultural anthropologists into military units on the front lines to help better understand and solve the conflicts and misunderstandings that arise between the local population and the troops.  Bob sits down with Montgomery McFate and Steve Fondacaro to discuss the past and future of the program.  We’ll also introduce you to the members of a Human Terrain Team during their classroom training in Kansas and their time at the Army’s National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, California. The team deployed to southern Afghanistan last September. Our documentary is titled Kansas to Kandahar: The Making of a Human Terrain Team.

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of film actor, writer, director and producer Hugo Haas.  He was born in Czechoslovakia, his father and brother died in Nazi gas chambers, but Hugo escaped to America. He became active in Hollywood making numerous low-budget movies.

 

HOUR TWO

 

Bob talks with Michael Lewis about his new book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. It’s a look at the mortgage crisis and the few visionaries who saw it coming and made a fortune.

 

Actress Ellie Kendrick stars in a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank from PBS’s Masterpiece series.