This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend, November 12-13, 2011


Dominic Fredianelli signed up for the National Guard after graduating high school, not so much out of a sense of patriotism, but because it seemed like the best opportunity around: one weekend of training a month, a $20,000 signing bonus, and much-needed college tuition support. Soon, 10 of Dominic’s friends also joined up. Heather Courtney’s new documentary Where Soldiers Come From follows the effect one National Guard Unit’s Deployment has on this group of lifelong friends and the town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that they leave behind.

Jan Scruggs is the Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.  He’ll discuss the significance of the memorial, a book about it, Dreams Unfulfilled: Stories of the Men and Women on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the future “Education Center at the Wall.”

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Major Peter Godfrin.  He has served in the Army for 14 years, including tours of duty in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Godfrin writes about the sacrifices made by members of the military throughout American history, and he remembers one of the soldiers in his command who died in Iraq in 2004.


Bob talks with Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, a three time Caldecott winner and the creator of a number of classic children’s books, including Jumanji, The Polar Express, and The Z Was Zapped.  In 1984, Van Allsburg drew The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a series of illustrations that hint at stories.  Now 14 notable writers – Sherman Alexie, Jules Fieffer, Steven King among them—have written short stories to go with each illustration in The Chronicles of Harris Burdick.

Famed writer Margaret Atwood has just written a treatise on science fiction called, “In Other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human Imagination.” She talks with Bob about her relationship with the genre and its subtleties.

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