August 7-8, 2010
Bobby Bare Sr. and his son Bobby Bare Jr. join Bob to discuss a new CD they co-produced which celebrates the songwriting of Shel Silverstein. It’s called Twistable Turnable Man and features contributions from artists such as My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Todd Snider, Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith. The Bares each sing a song as well with Sr. covering “The Living Legend” and Jr. now singing the grown-up lead vocals with his daughter on “Daddy What If.”
In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Roger Baldwin. Baldwin founded the American Civil Liberties Union, and helped defend John T. Scopes, the Scottsboro Boys, the Ku Klux Klan, and many others. Born into a wealthy Boston family, Baldwin started his career as a social worker in St. Louis.
Today we begin a new series about coastal Louisiana, examining the special challenges faced by that region, as Mother Nature and man continue to test its resilience. Bob talks with Mark Schleifstein, a reporter for the Times Picayune, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his post-Katrina coverage, and who has been writing about the effects of the oil and gas industry on the Louisiana marshland. Then, Bob talks with Shirley Laska, the founder of the Center for Hazards Assessment Response and Technology at the University of New Orleans. She predicted the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina, and her center studies coastal communities, examining the ways people cope with frequent disasters.