The Bob Edwards Show highlights – September 12-16, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011: Matt Taibbi’s writing makes the powerful squirm. In one of his Rolling Stone articles he compared Goldman Sachs to a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” In his book, Griftopia, Taibbi argues it’s a new, powerful grifter class that is creating a redistribution of wealth in this country — taking it out of the hands of the working class and putting it into the coffers of the super rich. His book is now out in paperback. Then, Richard Buckner makes beautifully haunting music, but it’s been five years since his last CD. He does have an excuse for the creative delay – actually several excuses. There were technical glitches with a crucial bit of equipment, a stolen laptop and a suspicious murder. Finally, Buckner has released Our Blood and his fans won’t be disappointed. He talks with Bob about the new music and about choosing better neighborhoods.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011: Last year, the Obama administration presented a blueprint for education reform – an issue of great concern to Diane Ravitch. She’s Research Professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Ravitch will discuss the proposed changes and her book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Her book is now out in paperback. Then, in one of the summer’s most anticipated new novels, first time novelist Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers tells the story of a now-grown woman raised as a foster-child who uses age old flower symbolism to communicate and make sense of her troubled past.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011: David Rakoff describes his book of essays Half Empty as a look at “the positive side of pessimism.” Then, writer Michael David Lukas takes readers into the decline of the Ottoman Empire, as young Eleonora Cohen finds herself in Stamboul, Turkey and becomes an advisor to the Sultan. The Oracle of Stamoul is now out in paperback.
Thursday, September 15, 2011: Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, the director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center, argues in his book A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness that when the world is in crisis, mentally ill leaders are our best hope. Then, Peter Carlson isn’t sure which anecdote it was that turned him into a self-described Khrushchev-in-America buff. It could have been the one about the irascible Soviet leader throwing a fit because he wasn’t allowed to go to Disneyland. Or it could have been Khrushchev’s suspicion that Camp David was really a leper colony. Or it could have been Khrushchev arguing with Nixon over which kind of animal dung smelled the worst. But Carlson synthesized the stories into K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist.
Friday, September 16, 2011: Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times joins Bob to talk about politics and other news. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Andrew Flewelling. He grew up outside of Boston. His parents were a mixed race couple, and even his father’s role as a minister couldn’t protect Flewelling from feeling marginalized. He says that as he grew older, he learned to shut out the preconceived notions of society and listen to his inner voice.