This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, June 9-10, 2012

HOUR ONE:

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

Bob talks with banjo player Bela Fleck and the Original Flecktones, who have reunited for their latest tour and CD called Rocket Science. Howard Levy is back on piano and harmonica, joining bandleader Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten and his brother Futureman on percussion.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Andrew Riutta. Raised to be tough, Riutta’s ancestors were farmers, miners and lumberjacks – and he followed them into that work force. Riutta believed he could muscle his way out of any problem and around any obstacle, until he learned he would be a father. Riutta says fatherhood is the hardest job he’s had, and that it has softened his disposition and rounded his rough edges.

HOUR TWO:

There’s an old adage that only two things in life are certain: taxes and death. But modern medicine has made the latter less certain. These days, dead people can live for a long time on life support. For instance, stroke victims are regularly kept alive long enough to donate their organs, and brain-dead pregnant women are sometimes kept alive long enough to deliver their babies. Dick Teresi details the long, complicated history of the changing definition of death in his new book titled The Undead.

Geneticist Bryan Sykes has provided a groundbreaking examination of this country through the genes of its citizens. His book is titled DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America.

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