Bob Edwards Weekend (November 1-2, 2014)

 

HOUR ONE:

 

Writer Mitch Horowitz is a well-known scholar and expert on the occult.  His latest 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, in his memoir, Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi goes well beyond his on-court wins and losses to reveal some big secrets, like how much he hated tennis during the early years of his career. The former tennis star writes about his demanding father, the hairpiece he wore during tournaments, the shoe lifts Brooke Shields made him wear to their wedding, and much more. Agassi won eight Grand Slam singles titles before retiring in 2006.

 

 

HOUR TWO:             

    

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 poked fun at the horror genre while managing to be plenty scary themselves. Craven talks about those films, the remake of his 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes and about a career of frightening audiences.