This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend May 7-8, 2011

HOUR ONE:

By age 15, Bill Hicks already knew he would spend his life as a standup comedian. Less than twenty years later, he would pass away of cancer, but in the interim Bill Hicks made his name as one of the boldest and most original comics of all time. Known as a “comedian’s comedian,” no topic was too close or too weighty for Hicks to tackle: his own family, America, religion and eventually consciousness itself. Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock honor Hicks in their film, American: The Bill Hicks Story.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Suzanne Biemiller. These days, we have lots of ways to keep in touch with loved ones far away. Most of them involve quick notes and status updates. Biemiller says there’s no substitute for the sound of a familiar voice over the telephone. She began calling her mother regularly when she went away to college, and they still talk on the phone all the time, even though they now live in the same city.

HOUR TWO:

Caroline Kennedy is best-known as the only daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but she is also a well respected author and book editor.  In a new poetry collection titled She Walks in Beauty, Kennedy focused on poems that celebrate and honor womanhood.

Salon.com senior book critic Laura Miller offers a few book titles to add to your spring reading list.

Bob talks with Brian Setzer about his four decades in the music business, the hits in the 1980s with The Stray Cats, his 18-piece “orchestra” and his latest CD, Setzer Goes Instru-mental. The eleven tracks feature Brian Setzer on guitar and banjo playing a mix of original compositions and covers like Blue Moon of Kentucky, Be-Bop-A-Lula and Earl’s Breakdown.

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