Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – December 1-2, 2012
Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
American historian Harlow Giles Unger takes a fresh look at our nation’s sixth president in his new biography John Quincy Adams. Raised by John and Abigail Adams to be a great leader, Quincy Adams’ political career spanned the administrations of George Washington to Abraham Lincoln.
Then, in our latest This I Believe essay, we’ll conclude our month long series on the sacrifices made by service members and their families. This time we hear from Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Their son Beau was deployed to Iraq in 2008. Her major initiative as second lady is a group called Joining Forces which supports veterans and their families.
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.
When an author dies, usually our only way to peek into his personal life is by parsing lines of prose. Then there’s Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote enough personal letters, when he wasn’t writing novels and short stories, to fill decades, and more than 400 pages, in the new book, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. The volume is edited by Dan Wakefield, a friend of Vonnegut, and fellow writer and native Hoosier.