This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, September 1-2, 2012

HOUR ONE:

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

Writer Stephan Talty new book Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day chronicles Barcelonan poultry farmer Juan Pujo’s strange but true tale as one of World War Two’s most important double agent.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Nora Lupi.  We say that every vote counts, come election time.  But often, the voices behind those votes are ignored, unless politicians think they represent a powerful constituency.  Our youngest voters sometimes feel invisible, but Lupi is twenty-something and politically opinionated – and she’s ready to be heard.  Lupi says elected representatives should remember that she and her peers represent the future of the country. 

HOUR TWO:

In his new book Freedom’s Forge, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Arthur Herman tells a little-known story from World War II: how two American businessmen—the President of General Motors William Knudsen and construction giant Henry Kaiser—oversaw an output of war materials (weapons, tanks, planes, guns, and ammunition) that almost defies imagination. Herman calls it the greatest industrial miracle in history, and makes the case that these men changed the face of not only American business and industry but of American society.

Bob talks with Charlie Schroeder, who spent two years reenacting his way through 2,000 years of Western civilization.  He wrote a book about the experience called Man of War.

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