Bob Edwards Weekend (December 6-7, 2014)

 

HOUR ONE:

It’s estimated that as many as 49 million Americans do not get enough to eat each day and that almost as many citizens are living below the poverty line.  In a “Town Hall” interview before a live audience, Bob talks about efforts to change those numbers with Bill Ayres, co-founder of WhyHunger and with board member Jen Chapin, daughter of folk singer Harry Chapin, the non-profit organization’s other co-founder.

  

HOUR TWO:

Paul Williams is a well-known actor from television shows and movies of the past three decades. He has also written a range of hits for The Carpenters, Three Dog Night, Helen Reddy - and Kermit the Frog.  Bob talks with Williams about those aspects of his career – as well as his job as the president of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Then Bob talks with singer Yusuf Islam. When he was known as Cat Stevens, he was one of the most beloved songwriters of his generation. But at the height of his fame in 1977 and with eight gold records to his name, Stevens converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf, and left music to do philanthropic work in the Muslim community. He returned to music after two decades away, and is now in the middle of his first North American tour since 1976.