The Bob Edwards Show, February 3-7, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014: This Friday, George Clooney’s film, The Monuments Men, opens nationwide. Based on the book by writer and World War II specialist Robert Edsel, it tells the story of the men and women who worked to save the art and antiquities of Europe during World War II. Edsel’s most recent book is Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis and is now available in paperback. Then, we remember Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday at the age of 46. In 2005, he spoke with Bob about his career and his film “Capote.” Hoffman won his only Academy Award for that role as Truman Capote.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014: Back when segregation still ruled the South, a totally integrated music studio in Memphis began making records, and launched the careers of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave and many more. Bob talks with writer Robert Gordon about his book, Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014: In his new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, John Rizzo writes that there was a moment early in the planning stages of the war against terror when he could have single-handedly ended the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” But he did not. Instead, as the CIA’s chief lawyer, he prepared the government’s legal case for their use. And he says now that he’d make the same decision he made then.
Thursday, February 6, 2014: Kim Fu’s debut novel For Today I Am A Boy tells the story of a Chinese immigrant family with four children. One of those little tikes is secretly transgendered. Fu talks to Bob about her book and her gender-bending imagination. Then, the first in our series honoring Black History Month, this time we cast an appreciative light on Ma Rainey, “The Mother of the Blues.” Finally, Israeli mandolin player Avi Avital titled his latest album Between Worlds, appropriate given both the musician’s and his instrument’s ability to move easily among musical genres. The 35-year old musician talks with Bob about his album’s blend of jazz, classical, and klezmer and the renaissance of the mandolin.
Friday, February 7, 2014: Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, actress, playwright, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan stars in director Jenee LaMarque’s new film, The Pretty One, as Laurel Audrey, a young woman who assumes her identical twin sister’s identity after her sister passes away. The Pretty One opens February 7th.