Bob Edwards Weekend (November 29-30, 2014)

HOUR ONE:
 
Bob talks with long-time friend cowboy poet Baxter Black about his latest book, Poems Worth Saving. It’s a collection of Baxter’s favorite poems he’s done over the years.
 
New York Times reporter Michael Moss won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2010 investigation into the dangers of contaminated meat.  Then last year, Moss examined how multi-national corporations use food science and technology to create nearly perfect food-like substances.  He wrote about the laboratories where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary drinks and the “mouthfeel” of melted cheese in his book titled, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.
 
 
HOUR TWO:
 
This weekend we are giving thanks for the interviews we conducted over the past decade before it was too late. First Bob revisits his interview with “the granddaddy of folk music” Pete Seeger. He died in January at the age of 94. Then we’ll remember Studs Terkel. In the spring of 2005 Bob traveled to Chicago and to Terkel’s home to reminisce about his career as a writer, broadcaster, oral historian and story teller.
 
Next is the outspoken Molly Ivins. The Texas-based syndicated columnist died in 2007 at age 62.  Then, we’ll celebrate the life of renowned poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.  She died in May at the age of 86. Bob spoke with her in 2006 and we share their conversation on writing, aging, and being an American. Then we’ll remember the youngest member of our group.  Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February 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. 
 
We conclude our series with Phil Ramone, the legendary music producer who won over a dozen Grammys, and had more than 60 platinum records to his name.  He died in March of 2013 at age 79.  Next, we pay tribute to legendary guitarist and musical innovator Les Paul.  In 2008, Bob visited Paul at The Iridium Jazz Club, where he still played a weekly gig.  Les Paul died a year later at the age of 94.  Then Bob talks with Negro League baseball legend Buck O’Neil about his long and gracious life and career. The player, coach and masterful storyteller died in October of 2006. He was also 94.