This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, January 28-29, 2012

HOUR ONE:

Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

Television news and prime time police dramas make us feel like the world is an extremely dangerous place. Steven Pinker says the world is actually safer than it’s ever been before. Murder rates are down, and warfare causes fewer casualties than in the past. Pinker’s latest book is titled, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Cande Iveson. With the approaching presidential election, political news is heating up. Iveson will not be choosing sides, though. In politics, as in religion and just about every other issue with extreme and opposing viewpoints, Iveson finds herself squarely in the middle. She says being in the middle is not just a non-position, but has its own, legitimate, truth.

HOUR TWO:

Bob speaks with Thomas Frank, author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas? and now,  Pity the Billionaire.  His latest book chronicles the story of how the American Right has been reinvigorated by the recession.

Meshell Ndegeocello has built a devoted audience by pairing deeply funky grooves with liltingly beautiful lyricism. She visits with Bob to discuss her career in music and perform a few songs from her latest album titled Weather.

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