This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – June 18-19, 2011

HOUR ONE:

Dean Faulkner Wells is the niece of William Faulkner, the last Faulkner in her generation and the only living member to spend some of her formative years at Rowan Oak, Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Mississippi. Now 75-years-old, Wells has written a book about the family called Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi.

We’ll get a tour of the home where William Faulkner lived in Oxford, Mississippi. Rowan Oak was built in the mid-1800s, but Faulkner made extensive renovations during the 40 years that he lived there. We’ll hear description’s of Faulkner’s office, bedroom, and kitchen – which was his favorite room in the house.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Corey Harbaugh.  Every parent knows the day is coming. The day your child asks whether Santa Claus is real. When Corey Harbaugh’s eight-year-old son asked him that question, Harbaugh recognized it as a momentous occasion.

HOUR TWO:

American jazz icon Gerald Wilson started his professional music career in 1939, playing trumpet for the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra.  Since then, over the course of his seven decade career, Wilson has had great success as a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, writing music for and playing with jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Nancy Wilson, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn to name just a few. Gerald Wilson is about to release a brand new CD called Legacy, which also features the work of his son and grandson.