The Bob Edwards Show, October 28 - November 1, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013: Miss Anne In Harlem: The White Women Of The Black Renaissance is the latest work from Northeastern University scholar Carla Kaplan. Kaplan joins Bob to discuss her book on these unconventional women and her interest in cultural studies. Then, Gary Lightbody is the lead singer of Snow Patrol and Peter Buck is a founding member of REM, but together they are two members of the Indy super-band, Tired Pony. The Ghost of the Mountain is the follow-up release to 2010’s The Place We Ran From. The album was recorded in just nine days, and woven throughout the songs is a narrative of two characters dealing with an unforgiveable act that has changed both their lives.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013: Bridget Jones is back. In Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, readers learn that the star of two best-selling books and two hit movies is now a mother of two and—gasp—a widow. Author Helen Fielding joins Bob to discuss her most famous creation, and what’s next for her character Bridget. Then, seventy-five years ago, on the evening of October 30, 1938, Americans tuned to CBS Radio and thought the world was ending. They were hearing a dramatization of H.G. Wells’s classic The War of the Worlds, performed by 23-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater on the Air. But thousands – perhaps millions – of listeners believed that America was under attack by Martians. Susan Douglas is the author of Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, and she’s featured in the American Experience documentary special War of the Worlds, airing Tuesday, October 29th at 9 p.m. on PBS.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013: A few states have imposed targeted regulations on abortion providers. These so-called TRAP laws discourage medical professionals from providing abortions and make it difficult for clinics to remain open. Bob discusses these laws and the anti-abortion rights movement with Elizabeth Nash, State Issues Manager at the Guttmacher Institute. Then, during his three decades in the music business, Warren Haynes has earned the reputation of a top class guitarist and songwriter. He was already renowned for his solo work and stints with David Allen Coe and The Allman Brothers Band, then when the surviving members of The Grateful Dead decided to go back on tour in 2004, they asked Haynes to be their lead guitarist. Now, his band Gov’t Mule is releasing their 16th album called “Shout!”
Thursday, October 31, 2013: Mary Louise Kelly has spent the last two decades as a producer, host and correspondent for NPR and the BBC. In 2004, she launched NPR’s intelligence beat, which covered wars and terrorism. Now she has drawn on all of that real-world knowledge to write her own spy thriller titled Anonymous Sources. Then, over 20 years ago, Scholastic introduced young readers to a new series called Goosebumps. These creepy stories soon became one of the best-selling children’s series of all times, with over 300 million books sold. Often called the “Stephen King of children’s literature,” author R.L. Stine talks with Bob about the trick of scaring kids and about him writing Red Rain, his latest novel for adults, which is now available in paperback.
Friday, November 1, 2013: Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, everyone’s favorite “little orchestra” is back with a new album of jazz standards from all over the world. Pink Martini’s Get Happy features guest artists who include comedian Phyllis Diller, Rufus Wainwright, and NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro. Shapiro and Pink Martini band leader Thomas Lauderdale talk with Bob about their new album and collaboration. Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.