This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, August 18-19, 2012

HOUR ONE:

Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to talk politics.

Bob talks with documentary filmmaker Anthony Baxter about his new film titled You’ve Been Trumped.  It tells the David and Goliath story of Donald Trump’s quest to build a high-end golf course and resort on protected sand dunes in Scotland, despite strong local opposition from residents.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Bob Barret.  Each of us has private hopes and desires, thoughts and feelings.  Sometimes, our public personalities are a close match to our private selves.  Other times, they are in conflict.  When he was 48 years old, Barret made the difficult choice to tell his family that he is gay.  He worried about hurting them, but decided that he had to be honest about his true self.

HOUR TWO:

Yellowstone National Park turns 140 years old this year, and thousands of people are wrapping up their summers with a trip to see Old Faithful.  But what those tourists may not realize is that America’s first national park has a very dark past. George Black tells the violent story in his book Empire of Shadows.

When Anthony Heilbut was growing up in New York City in the 1950s, he’d often go see R&B shows at the Apollo Theater. One day an usher urged him to check out the gospel shows, too. Heilbut did and “became obsessed with proselytizing” for God’s music.  Over the next five decades, Heilbut wrote the definitive history of gospel music, assembled many anthologies, wrote liner notes and produced several albums.  His latest book is a collection of essays titled, The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations.

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