Monday, December 29, 2014: Bob talks with author and neurologist Oliver Sacks about many things including his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, where Sacks investigates the power of music to move, heal and haunt us. Then, Bob visits with the top-selling rock duo of all time, Daryl Hall and John Oates. After more than 40 years of recording together, the Philadelphia musicians have enough songs to fill up a four-CD, 74-track collection, 28 of them Top 40 hits. The boxed set is called, Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall and John Oates.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014: Peter, Paul & Mary sounded better than Peter, Noel & Mary. But Noel or Paul, it’s the same guy. Noel Paul Stookey talks about being in the middle of the 60’s folk music movement. He talks about that with Bob and about his 2008 solo CD titled Facets. Today is Stookey’s 77th birthday. Then Bob is serenaded by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. Yarrow brought his guitar to the studio and they discuss Yarrow’s picture book for children – based on his classic song Puff the Magic Dragon – which he insists is NOT a metaphor for drug use. Finally, we hear from Peter, Paul and Mary Travers from 2004, one of our very earliest interviews, when they were at XM promoting their 5-CD boxed set titled Carry It On.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014: Bob talks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Maraniss about his new book, Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero. Roberto Clemente was a legendary athlete who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win two World Series championships. Clemente died in a plane crash 42 years ago today – on New Year’s Eve 1972 - as he led an effort to deliver aid to Nicaragua after an earthquake.
Thursday, January 1, 2015: As the nation turns its attention today to the first ever college football playoff games, we take a look at the treatment of athletes in big-time college sports and the impact of big-money sports programs on higher education. We learn about the recent academic scandal at the University of North Carolina with whistleblower Mary Willingham and UNC professor Jay Smith. Bob’s investigation features SiriusXM’s own Dave Zirin and includes the voices of Len Elmore and other former players; college officials like University of West Virginia president Gordon Gee, who had a controversial tenure at Ohio State; and journalists who have covered college sports, including John Feinstein. It’s a replay of our documentary titled Dropping the Ball: The Shady Side of Big-Time College Sports.
Friday, January 2, 2015: In 1968, Stanford ecologist Paul Ehrlich published the best-selling book The Population Bomb. He was criticized for making false, doomsday predictions although Ehrlich maintains that, if anything, his book was overly optimistic. Now in his 80s, Ehrlich is still teaching, researching and publishing. He talked with Bob about his 2010 book titled Humanity on a Tightrope, which examines ways to create a sustainable society capable of preserving the planet. Then, Bob speaks with cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession.