This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, July 28-29, 2012

HOUR ONE:

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

Harvey Weinstein is the co-founder of Miramax Films and co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.  He joins Bob to discuss their latest releases and some Miramax classics.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of John Warner.  Science has created many wonderful things for us.  Plastics, medicine, and many synthesized chemicals have made modern life possible.  But sometimes, our bodies react to these newly created chemicals in tragic ways.  Warner is a chemist, and the death of his son from a birth defect left him asking for the first time, why do we need so many new chemical compounds?  Warner says chemists need to take a look at their relationship with the community they serve, focusing on the cumulative effects of the compounds they release into the environment.

HOUR TWO:

We remember Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Ride inspired a generation of young girls to cultivate and maintain their interest in science.  In 2001, the astronaut founded Sally Ride Science, a company that creates entertaining programs and books for kids, with a particular focus on girls.  Sally Ride died this week at the age of 61.

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 hosting the 2012 summer Olympics, Taylor’s book reveals the true face of the world’s most cosmopolitan city.

John Feinstein previews the Olympics, and discusses his new book, Rush for the Gold, which is set at the summer games.

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