This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend, November 5-6, 2011

HOUR ONE:

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times joins Bob to talk about the country’s looming budget battles and how that will affect politics in this election year.

Journalist Bill Vlasic is the Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times and author of Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America’s Big Three Auto Makers – GM, Ford, and Chrysler.  In his new book, Vlasic chronicles the behind the scenes drama that began in 2005, culminating with the bailout of 2008.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Erin Blakemore.  When Blakemore joined the local roller derby league, she was an inhibited and buttoned-up woman, but full-contact skating gave her confidence and strength. She heard a similar story from her fellow skaters, who meet four times a week to beat each other up, and build each other up.

HOUR TWO:

Scholar, literary critic and best-selling writer Stephen Greenblatt’s book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern examines the ancient Roman document that helped inspire the Renaissance.   But that two thousand year old poem by Lucretius - On the Nature of Things - was lost for hundreds of years, then found and copied by an Italian scholar in the 15th century. Greenblatt contends that the ideas it introduced have since inspired countless artists, statesmen and scientists.

In modern society, the idea of privacy is rapidly becoming extinct. The feelings and actions we share online – intentionally or otherwise – are unthinkable to previous generations. In his second novel, The Visible ManChuck Klosterman explores the titillation of peeping into private lives through the story of a therapist and one of her patients, a man who uses secret government technology to make himself invisible. Klosterman is the author of Downtown OwlSex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and Eating the Dinosaur.

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