This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, December 24-25, 2011

HOUR ONE:

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the rational model of judgment and decision making. He’s the author of Thinking, Fast and Slow and he talks with Bob about the two systems that drive the way we think: the fast, emotional system and the slower, logical system.

American conceptual artist Mel Bochner becomes the first living artist to show in the National Gallery of Art’s Tower Gallery with the new show In the Tower: Mel Bochner.  One of the last remaining important American conceptualists, Bochner’s work examines the political and social consequences of language. The exhibit will be on display through April 8, 2012.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Becky Sun. Most kids believe in Santa Claus, and lose their faith as they get older.  Sun has followed the opposite trajectory. An early childhood disappointment had her convinced Santa didn’t exist — a belief she held into adulthood. Then a friend with a big heart and a bearded father helped change her mind.

HOUR TWO:

Scholar, writer, and BBC host Adam Nicolson is the author of the book God’s Secretaries: the Making of the King James Bible.  Celebrating its 400th anniversary this year, the Bible has—more than any other book in English—shaped our language and beliefs. Nicolson tells Bob about the good book’s creation, legacy and some of the men who translated it.

William Joyce is the author and illustrator of many beloved children’s books, including George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie, both of which are Emmy Award winning TV shows.  He is also a commercial illustrator whose work has graced multiple New Yorker covers and a filmmaker who contributed to Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Robots.   His most recent book, The Man in the Moon, is the first in a series called The Guardians of Childhood.  Joyce is currently directing an animated film version of the series for DreamWorks Animation.

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