This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, May 12-13, 2012


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

For a relatively young country, Israel and its supporters wield immense power in shaping United States government policy. Peter Beinart is a former editor of the New Republic who lays out his criticism of the Jewish State in a new book called The Crisis of Zionism. Among Beinart’s more controversial ideas is a proposed boycott on products made in Israeli settlements. 

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Lauren LeBlanc.  Americans like to dream big – for the country, and themselves.  Teenagers imagine a future for that includes throngs of adoring fans, and photographers tracking their every move.  LeBlanc was no different, but life hasn’t worked out that way.  Instead, she’s a mother of two, living in the suburbs.  Her life is simple, and she couldn’t be happier.  LeBlanc says that she may never make an impact outside her community, but that’s okay because inside her home, she is irreplaceable. 


Studs Terkel was a noted writer, broadcaster, oral historian and story teller.  He died in 2008, but shared several lengthy conversations with Bob.  We honor Terkel’s centenary by re-airing portions of their chats.  Terkel was born on May 16, 1912. 

For his latest album, singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright reflects on his life … this time on the sunny topics of aging, decline and demise. He also brings in his family to help: all of his kids and most of his ex-wives appear on the album. Wainwright joins Bob in the studio to perform a few songs and to talk about his CD titled Older Than My Old Man Now.

Bob Edwards Weekend airs on Sirius XM Public Radio (XM 121, Sirius 205) Saturdays from 8-10 AM EST.

Visit Bob Edwards Weekend on PRI’s website to find local stations that air the program.