This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – October 1-2, 2011

HOUR ONE:

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted in December 1791 yet to this day, it can spark a controversial debate.  Adam Winkler is a law professor at UCLA and his most recent book is Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.  Winkler discusses this country’s past, present and future of gun rights and gun control.

Calvin Trillin has been on the program to talk about his last four books and he still manages to make Bob laugh out loud.  Now Trillin is back to talk about his latest title, a compendium of funny stuff he’s written over the last forty years. It’s called Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Allan Barger.  He is uncertain about many things — and he thinks more people should admit that their views might not be correct. Barger was an Evangelical pastor with hard-and-fast beliefs. He also happened to be gay. Eventually, Barger let go of his religious certainties and learned to become more humble and more willing to question his own beliefs.

HOUR TWO:

Jeff Tweedy founded the band Wilco in the mid-‘90s. And for the past 15 years, the group has been either recording albums or touring virtually non-stop.  Their new album is titled The Whole Love. But before the band began work on this eighth record, they tried something new – they took a long vacation.  Tweedy joins Bob to talk about those news songs from the Loft, the group’s Chicago recording studio.

Artist and children’s book illustrator Allen Say won the Caldecott medal for The Boy of the Three-Year Nap (1987) and Grandfather’s Journey (1994).  The latter is about his grandfather’s voyage from Japan to the U.S. and back again.  Say’s latest book is Drawing from Memory, an autobiographical account of his own journey as an artist.

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