THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW – May 10-14, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Writer Ruth Reichl was the last editor-in-chief for Gourmet, former food critic for both the New York and Los Angeles Times, and the author of three bestselling memoirs. Her latest memoir, Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way, is a tribute to her mother, Miriam Brudno, whose larger than life personality dominated Reichl’s younger years. Then, Bob speaks with fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain, mother of five and sudden environmentalist Diane Wilson about her book An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas. She recounts some of her more radical acts of civil disobedience like embarking on hunger strikes, chaining herself to a 74-foot tower, and deliberately sinking her own shrimp boat.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Bob talks with environmental writer Bill McKibben about his new book Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. McKibben has been offering suggestions about how to avoid problems associated with climate change for more than two decades. With climate change now upon us, McKibben’s new book lays out our limited choices to save our planet and ourselves. Then, Dmitry Orlov grew up in Russia in the waning years of communism, attended high school in America, and regularly returned to Russia as it collapsed into debt. Unfortunately, he sees an awful lot of similarities between the USSR and the USA and he talks about it in his new book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has spent the last two decades taking pictures of North America’s endangered animals and plants. His new book titled, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species is intended to inform, caution, and inspire people to stem the decline of Earth’s biodiversity. An exhibit of Sartore’s photographs is on display at National Geographic Museum through October. Then, philosophy in America is alive and well and slapped on the back of our cars. In less than 140 characters, the humble bumper sticker has been a platform for a national conversation about the human condition. Bob speaks with philosopher and water polo coach Jack Bowen about his new book If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Yisrael Campbell was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a Catholic household. He was known as Christopher back then. As a teenager, he got hooked on drugs, and recovery led him not just to sobriety, but also to Judaism. Campbell became an actor and stand-up comic, touring with the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour, which seeks to reduce tensions in the Holy Land. Campbell has a one-man show off-Broadway. It’s called Circumcise Me. Then, singer-songwriter Dan Reeder’s imagination, humor and honesty are what led John Prine to sign him to his label. Reeder is known for his blunt lyrics about what irritates him in life. His new CD titled This New Century is Reeder’s most polished effort, complete with his signature mix of multi-tracked harmonies with himself and played on homemade instruments. Reeder is now on tour with John Prine.
Friday, May 14, 2010
David Broder of The Washington Post joins Rebecca Roberts to talk politics. Next, mystery pervades the career of singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, the most successful artist that many Americans have never heard of. He’s never had a song hit the Top 10 of a major chart, and yet he consistently plays sold-out shows for audiences that number in the thousands. Bob sits down backstage at The Birchmere to talk with Keen about his life and career in music. His latest CD is titled The Rose Hotel. Then, another installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.