This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, May 26-27, 2012

HOUR ONE:

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

For nearly fifty years, Frank Deford has been dissecting the sports world and interviewing some of the most famous and important athletes and coaches around.  He has covered just about every sport, in every medium, and he has written about it all in his new memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Michael Seifert.  We know that powerful people influence politics.  By comparison, it’s sometimes hard to believe that ordinary citizens with modest means can make a difference.  But inside the voting booth, everyone is equal.  Seifert is a Catholic priest from Cameron Park, Texas – the poorest place in America, according to the 2000 Census.  The rate of civic participation matched the economic description.  But, Seifert encouraged his neighbors to vote, and their actions resulted in more attention from local politicians, and better quality of life for the townspeople.

HOUR TWO:

Diana Henriques wrote the definitive book on Bernie Madoff, based on unprecedented access and interviews with more than a hundred people at all levels of involvement with the crime. The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust is now out in paperback.

The latest album by singer-songwriter Paul Thorn is called What the Hell is Goin’ On?  It’s a collection of songs by other writers that Thorn admires but who tell the same kind of straight-up, down-home stories that the always-entertaining Tupelo native is known for.

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