This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, March 24-25, 2012



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

Clay Johnson says we not only suffer from information overload, but we have lost the ability to filter the average eleven hours of data we ingest every day.  He describes the problem and offers some advice in a new book, The Information Diet: a Case for Conscious Consumption.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Matt Rizzotti. Paramedics and firefighters see people during the worst moments of their lives. The strangers they meet are watching their possessions turn to ash, or sitting by while a loved one dies unexpectedly. Rizzotti is a volunteer firefighter and an emergency medical technician. He says it’s deeply rewarding to help people in such vulnerable circumstances, and that his job has taught him to treasure every moment he shares with loved ones. 


Bob talks with Mark Johnson, the founder of Playing for Change and the producer of two albums recorded by the musicians Johnson has met since he started the organization in 2004. The group’s breakout hit was a cover of “Stand by Me” recorded by many different musicians around the world and in their own style. Johnson’s video mixed all the performances together and has more than 40 million views on YouTube. There is also a Playing for Change non-profit organization which helps build music schools in developing countries and aims to connect the world through music.

Bob talks with Clarence Bekker, “Grandpa” Elliott Small and Jason Tamba, just a few of the international musicians affiliated with Playing for Change. Those three will sing a few songs for us in our performance studio. The band’s latest recording is PFC 2: Songs Around the World and group member Clarence Bekker also has a brand new solo CD called Old Soul.


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