THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW, March 26-30, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012: Sarah Kliff is a health policy reporter at the Washington Post. She talks with Bob about the Supreme Court oral arguments on health care, which begin today. Then, David Healy says pharmaceutical companies have hijacked healthcare in America. He joins Bob to discuss the life-threatening consequences which he has described in his book, Pharmageddon.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012: David Unger is an editorial writer at The New York Times where he’s covered foreign policy, international economics, and the military for more than three decades. He’s been on the editorial board for 22 years and now has written a book called The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012: Humans have a natural desire to live with others, not alone. But Eric Klinenberg argues that during the past half century, our species has undergone a remarkable social experiment. For the first time in all of human history, vast numbers of people are living alone. In 1950, only 22 percent of Americans were single. Today, more than 50 percent are and about 1 out of every 7 adults live alone. Klinenberg explores what this means for our society in his new book Going Solo. Then, playwright and writer Craig Taylor spent five years interviewing scores of Londoners, compiling their stories and words in his book Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now—As Told By Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long For It. With the city on the brink of hosting the 2012 summer Olympics, Taylor’s book reveals the true face of the world’s most cosmopolitan city.
Thursday, March 29, 2012: Christopher Bram’s Eminent Outlaws chronicles fifty years of momentous cultural change through the lives and work of the gay writers who’ve lived it. Among others, Bram includes James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Allen Ginsberg – all notorious literary figures who’ve shaped the history of the American twentieth century.
Friday, March 30, 2012: Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, Jeff Flocken heads the Washington DC office of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He and Julia Scardina have compiled a written and photographic tribute to steadfast defenders of animal biodiversity titled Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They Are Committed to Saving. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Fred D’Aguiar. There are some things we do that have no purpose beyond bringing joy. Dance is one of those things. D’Aguiar is a poet, and a dancer. He says that dance is also magical and curative. D’Aguiar’s multicutural childhood, spread over two continents, taught his body to move in unique ways that inspire him to this day.