This Weekend's Program (Sep 21-22, 2013)

Bob Edwards Weekend, September 21-22, 2013


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

The “Human Terrain System” is a military experiment that operates on the premise that soldiers need to understand the enemy and its culture. The teams incorporate social scientists and cultural anthropologists with frontline troops to discover and provide commanders with that knowledge. But the program has been surrounded by controversy and proven difficult to implement in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Vanessa Gezariwrites about the Human Terrain System in her new book, The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.


In reviews of her new book, Lara Feigel is being praised for capturing the mood of wartime London when “each moment had the exhilarating but unreal intensity of the last moment on earth.”  The Love-Charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War chronicles the love lives of five prominent writers: Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Rosa Macaulay, Henry Yorke (aka Henry Green), and the Austrian exile Hilde Spiel.

Bob talks with Gloria Estefan about her long music career…from her early days with the Miami Sound Machine and their hit Conga to her brand new album of jazz standards. Estefan has won seven Grammy Awards during her three decades of recording.  The Cuban-born singer has also won the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award given to a naturalized US citizen.

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