This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, November 3-4, 2012


 Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news on the final weekend before election day.

Like so many children in Uganda’s capitol city, Phiona Mutesi was poor, had little education, and was often hungry.  In 2005 a local missionary taught her how to play chess.  Within a few short years, Mutesi became Uganda’s national junior chess champion and just this summer competed in the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.  Writer Tim Crothers, a former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, tells Mutesi’s remarkable story in his book The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Susie Green.  After they have children, some parents decide they have even more love to give. Green was divorced, with two birth children, when she adopted a two-year-old boy who had been living in homeless shelters and foster homes. He needed lots of attention and love, and Green says that as he grew physically, she grew spiritually and emotionally. Green says that when considering adoption, many people do not fear whether the child will love them, but whether they have the capacity to understand and to love the child.


When Lynn Povich joined the staff of Newsweek in 1965 as a secretary, there were no women reporters.  “If you want to be a writer, go somewhere else —- women don’t write at Newsweek,” she and her colleagues were told. But Povich and forty-five of her female colleagues including Ellen Goodman, Jane Bryant Quinn and Nora Ephron stayed and filed an EEOC complaint charging their employer with “systematic discrimination.” She tells the story in a new book titled, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.

Bob Balaban is an instantly recognizable actor, with roles in Seinfeld on TV and in so many movies, including those hilariously improvised movies from Christopher Guest - Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Balaban also writes children’s books.  He’s here to discuss some of his movie roles as well as his most recent book titled The Creature from the Seventh Grade.

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