Monday, November 17, 2014: Victor Wooten is perhaps the most important bassist of his generation. He’s from a musical family and best known for his work as a member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, but Wooten has also released several albums of his own. Wooten is also an author. His first book, The Music Lesson, a Spiritual Search for Growth through Music, prompts readers to re-consider traditional notions of music, instruments and knowledge.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: On this day in 1978, 909 people killed themselves in a jungle in Guyana. In her book titled A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown, Julia Scheeres tells the story of five of those who willingly followed pastor Jim Jones to South America and to their own demise.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014: Imagine Janis Joplin chatting with Gloria Swanson or Debbie Reynolds alongside Sly and the Family Stone. No, you’re not delusional, you’re watching “The Dick Cavett Show”. From 1969 to 1975, Cavett’s nightly program treated audiences not only to the day’s top celebrities but also to interactions among them. As Newsweek said, Cavett “mixed guests like a chemistry professor.” To help celebrate his 78th birthday, Dick Cavett joins Bob to discuss one slice of his remarkable life.
Thursday, November 20, 2014: Historian and author Thurston Clarke talks with Bob about the lessons we can learn from Robert Kennedy’s presidential bid in 1968. Clarke’s book is titled The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. Today would have been RFK’s 89th birthday. Then we’ll hear about his big brother from presidential scholar Chuck Wills. His book is titled Jack Kennedy: The Illustrated Life of a President featuring Intimate Photos, Personal Memorabilia, and History-making Documents. It features a CD of JFK’s most famous speeches, replicas of his handwritten letters and medical exams, an agenda for his meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, and of course, many photos.
Friday, November 21, 2014: Bruce Hornsby has sold more than 11 million records, drawing from a wide-range of American musical traditions. He was schooled in bluegrass, folk, rock, pop, country, blues and jazz, although the “adult-contemporary” label has plagued him ever since his hit, “The Way It Is,” became the most-played song on American radio in 1987. Bob speaks with Rosanne Cash about her first new album in four years. The River & The Thread was released earlier this year. The record was inspired by her trips to Dyess, Arkansas to participate in the restoration of her father’s boyhood home.