This Weekend

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – August 21-22, 2010



Gene Weingarten is so good at what he does that he’s won a Pulitzer… twice. As a feature writer for the Washington Post, Weingarten muses about whatever strikes his fancy. One of his most well-known pieces was about an experiment he set up with the violin virtuoso, Joshua Bell. Weingarten stationed Bell and his violin outside of a busy subway stop to see if anyone noticed the beautiful music he played. Hardly anyone did.  Weingarten talks with Bob about his favorite pieces from a new collection of his columns titled The Fiddler in the Subway


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of writer and lecturer Ruth Cranston.  She was born in Cincinnati, lived in 18 different countries during her life, including 10 years in Switzerland where she worked for the League of Nations. She wrote World Faith: The Story of the Religions of the United Nations.



This week in our series No Place Like Home, we’ll focus on wildlife. While oil was still gushing out of the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico, and even now that the well is sealed, birds, turtles and many other animals are coated with goopy brown crude. Bob talks with Emily Guidry Schatzel of the National Wildlife Federation about how her group is working alongside government agencies. Bob also talks with state and federal wildlife biologists Todd Baker and Sharon Taylor about the efforts to rescue, clean and relocate animals threatened by the oil spill. And we’ll visit the bird rehabilitation center at Fort Jackson, Louisiana where dozens of brown pelicans have been cleaned and nursed back to health. Many have been relocated to safer areas in other states and dozens more wait in outdoor pens for their new home to be found.