This Week on The Bob Edwards Show

The Bob Edwards Show, October 1-5, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012:   Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, celebrated writer Michael Chabon turns his attention to San Francisco’s bay area, centering his new book Telegraph Avenue around a vinyl record store. 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012  Investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk writes about the ongoing development of the Keystone XL pipeline in Canada which will cross hundreds of salmon rivers and other protected lands.  His article on the subject appears in the Fall edition of OnEarth Magazine.  Nikiforuk will also discuss his new book, The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude.  Then, Voice of Witness is a nonprofit book series founded by author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen that focuses on human rights crises around the world. Bob speaks with journalist Sibylla Bzodinsky and Human Rights Watch researcher Max Schoening about the latest title in the series, Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced By Violence.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012:  Bob talks with filmmaker Eugene Jarecki about his latest documentary The House I Live In. The film explores every level of the “War on Drugs” – from the dealer, the narcotics officer, the inmate, the prison guard to the federal judge and offers a sobering view of our criminal justice system.  Then, nine years ago, 462 people went to see a small rock concert in Rhode Island. In less than 10 minutes, an on-stage pyrotechnic stunt went terribly wrong and claimed 100 lives; 96 burned alive in the club. John Barylick was one of the lead attorneys representing the victims and their families. He writes about the lessons to be learned from the tragedy in his new book Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire: America’s Deadliest Rock Concert.
Thursday, October 4, 2012:  We’re celebrating our eighth anniversary by replaying some of Bob’s best conversations with big-name guests.  First, Bob talks with, “The CEO of Hip Hop,” Russell Simmons.  He has helped create such ground breaking ventures as Def Jam Records, Phat Farm and Def Comedy Jam.  Simmons talks about his book titled Do You!: 12 Laws To Access The Power In You To Achieve Happiness And Success.  Next, Robert Duvall’s filmography features some of the greatest movies to come out of Hollywood: To Kill A Mockingbird, The Godfather I & II, Apocalypse Now, Lonesome Dove, and Tender Mercies, for which he earned an Oscar.  In his film Get Low, Duvall portrays the town recluse who stages his own “living funeral.” Duvall chats about his fifty-plus-year-career in-studio with Bob.  Then, in his memoir, Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi goes well beyond his on-court wins and losses to reveal some big secrets, like how much he hated tennis during the early years of his career. Agassi won eight Grand Slam titles before retiring in 2006.
Friday, October 5, 2012:  To celebrate our eighth anniversary, we’ll hear from a great humanitarian and the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. He has appeared on this program four times; we’ll discuss his early life, political career and the peacemaking efforts president Carter has undertaken since leaving office.  Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Leslie Guttman.  Sometimes, the letter of the law is wrong. No policy is appropriate for every situation in life, which is why people have to make judgment calls.  When Guttman encountered a would-be shoplifter in her bookstore, she realized the woman was more than a thief. Guttman put herself in the woman’s place, and their encounter altered her perspective.