The Bob Edwards Show, November 19-23, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012: In his new book Deadlines and Disruption, Stephen Shepard examines how the most endangered journalism species — the newspaper — might prevent extinction. Shepard is the founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Then, Irish singer-songwriter Susan McKeown pays homage to her adopted homeland with her latest album Belong. McKeown moved to New York City from Ireland in the 1990s, building a successful music career that has taken her from Klezmer to African sounds, and earned McKeown a Grammy along the way.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012: Pulitzer Prize winner Tina Kelley and Covenant House President Kevin Ryan partnered to share the stories of six young people who became homeless. “Creionna” is one of those, a teen mother and Katrina refugee who left home when her son was six weeks old to protect him from her damaging family. They will discuss how to overcome the violence and neglect, as told in their new book, “Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope.”
Wednesday, November 21, 2012: Oscar-winning director, author, and illustrator William Joyce’s most recent film, Rise of the Guardians, sprang from a single question his daughter asked him 14 years ago: “do Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy all know each other?” Actors Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, and Isla Fisher provide the voices for childhood’s most famous three, with Jude Law as the villain Pitch. Then, Donald Fagen is best known as the front man for Steely Dan, the band Rolling Stone magazine called, “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies.” After hits like Rikki Don’t Lose That Number and Peg, Fagen went out on his own and has now released his fourth solo album, Sunken Condos. Fagen is joined by Michael Leonhart who served as co-producer for the new album, and has performed with Steely Dan since their comeback in the 90s.
Thursday, November 22, 2012: On this Thanksgiving Day we dip into our archives. First it’s Bob’s interview with Nantucket resident Nathaniel Philbrick about his book Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War. Then, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva have been producing some of the best stuff on radio since 1979. They are the creators of two Peabody Award winning NPR series Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Bob talks to The Kitchen Sisters about their project, an audio book based on their radio series Hidden Kitchens: Stories and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters.
Friday, November 23, 2012: Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, Katherine Boo won the 2012 National Book Award for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, a book that chronicles the story of people struggling to live in one of contemporary India’s most notorious slums. Then, in our latest This I Believe essay, we’ll continue our series this month focusing on sacrifices made by military families.