This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend - September 24-25, 2011


Two years ago, Dan Baum, wrote a book called Nine Lives about what happened in New Orleans between the twin catastrophes of Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Baum covered those 40 years by telling the stories of nine citizens. Colman deKay and Paul Sanchez took those stories and set them to music. Their CD is titled Nine Lives: A Musical Adaptation and features New Orleans musicians and singers. They will perform the songs live at a concert in Los Angeles this weekend and hope to turn the project into a Broadway musical someday soon.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Leah Ollman.  Every Friday, Ollman bakes challah, the bread eaten on the Jewish Sabbath. The weekly ritual takes a lot of time, and it reminds her to step out of the hectic pace of life, slow down, and savor the process of creating something meaningful for her family.


Jane Goodall is largely responsible for changing our perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Now 77-years-old, and still on the road 300 days of the year, the famed chimpanzee researcher will appear in theaters nationwide via satellite on Tuesday, September 27, presenting Jane Goodall Live. This one-night-only cinematic event commemorates the half century that has passed since Goodall first traveled to Africa to study wild chimps, and it will include never-before-seen footage shot during those first years that she recently discovered in her attic.

Best-selling author Lev Grossman returns to the fictional land of Fillroy in The Magician King, the sequel to his 2009 hit novel The Magicians.  The story picks up with Quentin Coldwater as now king of the magical land he discovered in The Magicians, in this dark and modern mash-up of Narnia, Oz, Hogwarts and beyond.

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