The Bob Edwards Show, May 6-10, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013: NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me host Peter Sagal set out across America on a motorcycle to find out what we as citizens of this nation know – and how we feel – about our Constitution for the new PBS series Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. The series premieres May 7th on PBS.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013: British musician Billy Bragg is known for his folk-punk albums that run the gamut from protest to love songs. He returns to chat with Bob about his latest release, Tooth & Nail, and about the loss of one of his great sources of inspiration, Margaret Thatcher. Then, we talk about breasts. They’re the subject of reality TV shows, paparazzi shots, and halftime wardrobe malfunctions. They’re also the subject of Florence Williams’ informative first book Breasts: A Natural And Unnatural History and it’s now available in paperback.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013: Award-winning travel writer and historian William Dalrymple looks back to the first time the West invaded Afghanistan in his new book The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan: 1839-42. Then, Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, is the story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today. It’s now out in paperback.
Thursday, May 9, 2013: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returned to her earliest musical memories by recording 25 lullabies for her new album Violin Lullabies. Digging deep into classical music and traditional folk tunes, Barton Pine’s collection reminds us of familiar tunes as well as introducing listeners to never-before-recorded lullabies. Then, criss-crossing the continent, renowned geneticist Bryan Sykes provides a groundbreaking examination of America through its DNA. His book DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America is now out in paperback.
Friday, May 10, 2013: Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, sex with “no strings attached” is popular and common among millennials according to author and professor Donna Frietas. She joins Bob to discuss the “NSA” phenomenon, “hookup culture”, and more from her book The End Of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused about Intimacy. Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.