This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, February 4-5, 2012

HOUR ONE:

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

Jonathan Gruber served as a health care reform advisor to Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts and to President Obama as he worked to pass the national Affordable Care Act.  The legislation has confused many people and it’s an issue that is sure to be at the center of the presidential campaign.  To help sort through the misconceptions and confusion, Gruber has distilled the very complicated bill into a very simple format: Health Care Reform: the comic book. 

Lori Andrews became a consumer activist when she was seven and her Ken doll went bald. She wrote a letter to Mattel and got results. Now Andrews’ attention is focused on online privacy. Her new book is titled I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Opal Ruth Prater.  When a marriage ends early because of an unexpected death, the surviving partner is often devastated. Prater’s husband died 15 years ago, and she’s never stopped loving him. Prater says her husband’s death affected their family greatly, but his life impacted it more. She finds his spirit both in her memories and in the eyes of their four children. Her essay is included in the book This I Believe: On Love.

HOUR TWO:

National Geographic explorer-in-residence Wade Davis takes readers along George Malloy’s ill-fated and harrowing attempt to climb Mt. Everest in his book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.

The new Muppet movie is a box office smash, reconfirming that Jim Henson knew what he was doing when he created the beloved characters decades ago. Tale of Sand is a Jim Henson-written screenplay that’s just been released as a graphic novel. Stephen Christy is the editor of the project and he joins Bob to talk about Henson’s surprising and unexpected work.

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