This Weekend's Program (Sep 7-8, 2013)

Bob Edwards Weekend, September 7-8, 2013

HOUR ONE:

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

In her latest book, Rose George once again chronicles a little-known world that we’d prefer to know little about. Her previous book, The Big Necessity, was an anthropological study of human waste. George’s new book is titled Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate. George explains why you should care about the men who steered your breakfast cereal through winter storms.

New music enthusiast Paul Schomer joins us again with another batch of artists you’ve probably never heard of.  Schomer runs the new music discovery blog called RadioCrowdfund.com and shares new songs by Jack Wilson, Lo Fine, Northern Hustle and Huxlee. He’s also here to spread the word about the fundraising campaign to commission a memorial gravestone for the blues singer Mamie Smith.

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

HOUR TWO:

On June 10th of this year, Army veteran Daniel Somers left behind a grieving family and heartbreaking letter that began, “I am sorry that it has come to this.  The fact is, for as long as I can remember my motivation for getting up every day has been so that you would not have to bury me.”  Unfortunately, Daniel did commit suicide, adding to this appalling statistic: on average, 22 U.S. military veterans take their own lives every day.  Considering that figure, coupled with the massive backlog of veterans waiting for help from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bob wanted to find out if there is a connection.  In this documentary, “End of Watch: What Happens to US Veterans Waiting for Help,” we hear from former Veterans Affairs workers who resigned in protest of VA practices and procedures.  Bob also talks with a few of the more than 700,000 veterans currently waiting in line to get the benefits they were promised upon enlisting.

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