This Weekend

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – July 17-18, 2010




Bob talks with musician Paul Thorn about the dual influence his father and uncle had on him. Thorn’s father was a fire and brimstone preacher and his uncle was a working pimp. Appropriately, Thorn’s latest CD is called Pimps and Preachers.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of foreign correspondent William L. Shirer.  He wrote the acclaimed World War II histories The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and Berlin Diary.  Shirer reported from numerous European cities including Paris, Vienna and Rome, and had the distinction of being bombed in Berlin by the British and bombed in London by the Germans.           




We continue our series of music interviews recorded during this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest, this week with Jimmy Carter, a founding member of theBlind Boys of Alabama. Bob spoke with Carter in a classroom at the New Hope Baptist Church in New Orleans before the group performed for a packed house. Every chair, seat and pew was filled and fans from the neighborhood and beyond lined the aisles to experience the Blind Boys brand of gospel music. Their latest CD is titled Duets and features the group performing with the likes of Randy Travis, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Charlie Musselwhite and Asleep at the Wheel.