This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – August 20-21, 2011

HOUR ONE:

Privately or in public, few people enjoy being embarrassed. Poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum examines humiliations’ various forms and settings in the latest from Picador’s BIG IDEAS, Small Books series. It’s simply and appropriately titled Humiliation.

The 1980s conjure happy nostalgia for some, while others remember it as a low point in American history. For the good and the bad, author David Sirota claims that the decade of Ronald Reagan and Bill Cosby has an outsized influence on our national perspective today. His book is titled Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now – Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything.  

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Mark Olmsted. Every morning as he walks his dog, Olmsted fills several garbage bags with trash from the street. He’s not a neat freak — he’s a recovering drug addict. Picking up trash from the street is Olmsted’s way of making amends and putting the Serenity Prayer into action. 

 

HOUR TWO:

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times joins Bob to talk about politics and other news.

Legendary guitarists George Harrison, Pete Townshend and Brian Setzer all wailed on the same axe, the Gretsch 6120. First sold in the 1950s with the endorsement of Chet Atkins, the 6120 has since become a favorite of musicians and collectors the world over. Author and guitar aficionado Edward Ball and his fellow guitarist Fred Stucky play selections on the renowned instrument and explain why the Gretsch is so well loved.

 

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