This Weekend

January 22-23, 2011




Gary Noesner worked for 30 years at the FBI. For 23 of those years he was a hostage negotiator and he retired as the chief of the Bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group.  Noesner has written about his former high-stress job in the book Stalling For Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Mary Anne Mrugalski, an award-winning radio reporter in Chicago. When adversity creeps into her life, Mrugalski camps out in her kitchen, making loaves of whole wheat bread. She says the activity of making hearty food from scratch clears her mind, and her problems no longer seem insurmountable. 




Thomas McGuane is the author of nine novels including The Sporting Club, The Bushwhacked Piano, and Ninety-two in the Shade. He talks with Bob about his first novel in eight years. Driving on the Rim is about a small-town Montana doctor and his many relationships.  


The members of The Turtle Island Quartet talk with Bob and perform the music of Jimi Hendrix in our studio.  The group’s latest CD is an homage to the rock guitar legend called Have Your Ever Been…? The Quartet won a Grammy for their previous release, a tribute to John Coltrane’s music.