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THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – October 20 – October 24, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014: Bob talks with one of his musical favorites, Chuck Leavell, the pianist whose buoyant sound has graced records from The Allman Brothers Band in the 1970s to The Rolling Stones of today. Leavell wrote a book about his experiences on the road and in the studio called Between Rock and a Home Place. From November of 2004, just seven weeks into our decade of interviews, Chuck Leavell was the first of many guests to visit with Bob for a full hour.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014: Bob talks to StoryCorps founder and radio producer Dave Isay about his book Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First 10 Years of StoryCorps. Then, brothers David and Joe Henry examine the life of comedian Richard Pryor in their book Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Both books are now available in paperback.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Today, we look back at The Cuban Missile Crisis. On this day in 1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, after the U.S. discovered evidence of Soviet missile installations on the island just 90 miles from mainland America. First, Bob talks with Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, who spent years carefully researching the Cuban missile crisis, unearthing new material for an hour-by-hour account of the Cold War’s apex. Dobbs’ book is titled One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War. Then, Bob talks with professor James Blight whose book and film The Armageddon Letters is a mutlimedia storytelling project about the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Blight is an expert on those 13 tense October days in 1962 when nuclear war nearly broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Thursday, October 23, 2014: Bob spends the hour with Father Gregory Boyle in East Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Boyle has helped thousands of gang members trade a life of violent crime for an honest day’s work. Father G-Dog, as he’s been nicknamed by the community, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to find and create jobs for ex-gang members. Homeboy Industries runs five businesses of its own, including a tattoo removal parlor, a landscaping service and a cafe. Ever since conducting this original interview with Father Greg in 2005, Bob has called it his favorite conversation.
Friday, October 24, 2014: We’ll mark United Nations Day with a sampling of interviews dealing with the important, but misunderstood and perhaps outdated world body. First, Bob discusses the UN Security Council with American University professor David Bosco, author of the book Five to Rule Them All: the UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World. Next a visit from Jan Egeland. He was in charge of coordinating humanitarian relief for the United Nations during some of the world’s most horrific recent events: the tsunami in Asia, the crisis in Darfur, the aftermath of the Iraq war. Egeland’s book about his experience is called A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity. Then, Michel Gabaudan is a former member of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. He shares his stories of conducting field missions around the world to gather information about the basic needs of displaced people.