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THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – October 27 – October 31, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014: Bob visits with record collector Joe Bussard at his home in Frederick, Maryland. Bussard is the founder and proprietor of his own label, Fonotone records. He is a musician and a radio host and throughout his life he has tirelessly scoured Appalachia and the American south for classic 78 RPM records. Today, he maintains a collection of more than 25,000 of these rare records, primarily of American folk, country, gospel, and blues from the 1920s and 1930s, which is believed to be the largest such collection in the world. Then, Bob talks with Tracy McClard about the juvenile justice work she does in the memory of her teenaged son who was tried and convicted as an adult. In 2008, Jonathan McClard committed suicide in jail just days after his 17th birthday.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014: The Mississippi River splits the United States in two, but it also helped unite the country and make America what it is today. From its role in the fur trade, to the French and Indian War to the Louisiana Purchase and beyond, the Mississippi, and the rivers that feed into it, had an undeniable effect on our commerce and culture. Paul Schneider details the history of the Mississippi in his book, Old Man River. Then, about halfway down the length of the river stands the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis. Its smooth, serene lines of stainless steel belie the monument’s tumultuous history that includes election stealing, the destruction of historic buildings and ruthless businessmen. Historian Tracy Campbell tells the story in his book The Gateway Arch: A Biography. Campbell argues that the Arch is as much a symbol of westward expansion as it is failed urban planning.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014: 85 years ago today, The New York Stock Exchange crashed catastrophically, leading to the Great Depression. That era led to many hardships and struggles, but there were also a few bright spots of compassion and community. Ted Gup is a former investigative reporter for the Washington Post. A few years ago, he uncovered a lead right under his nose. Gup opened his grandfather’s old suitcase to discover a remarkable secret that had been kept for three quarters of a century. Gup writes about it in his book A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression. Then, folklorists Steve Winick and Nancy Groce from the Library of Congress share songs and stories of wealth and poverty.
Thursday, October 30, 2014: Writer Mitch Horowitz is a well-known scholar and expert on the occult. His new book Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation explains how the esoteric movement spread throughout America and what its impact is on our nation today. Then, the Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings chronicled the 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire, giving only supporting mention of the epic 12-hour, three-night concert show-casing prominent African-American musicians of the day. Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, who edited When We Were Kings, produced a documentary from the 40-year old footage of the concert called Soul Power. It features performances by Celia Cruz, James Brown, BB King, and Bill Withers, among other artists.
Friday, October 31, 2014: More than 20 years ago, Scholastic introduced young readers to a new series called Goosebumps. These creepy stories soon became one of the best-selling children’s series of all times, with over 300 million books sold. Often called the “Stephen King of children’s literature,” author R.L. Stine talks with Bob about the trick of scaring kids and getting them hooked on the treat of reading. Then, Bob speaks with director Wes Craven, the man who introduced Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven is also the creator of the Scream movies which managed to poke fun at the horror genre while managing to be plenty scary itself. He talks about those films - the remake of his 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes – and about making a career of frightening people.