This Week on The Bob Edwards Show (June 2-6, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show, June 2-6, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014:  There’s a good chance you’re sitting at one as you read this.  Cubicles, whether we like it or not, are part of many of our jobs.  Writer Nikil Saval looks at the week-day setting of many of our lives in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace.  Then, as the daughter of the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art during the 1960s and ‘70s, Gabrielle Selz grew up surrounded by most famous artists of the day.  Now a writer, Selz looks back on the art and artists of her childhood in her new memoir Unstill Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014:  For your summer reading enjoyment, we feature authors whose books have just been released in paperback. First, in Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, readers learn that the star of two best-selling books and two hit movies is now a mother of two and—gasp—a widow.  Author Helen Fielding joins Bob to discuss her most famous creation, and what’s next for her character Bridget. Then, motherless at the age of two, Alysia Abbott lived with her bisexual father in the aftermath of San Francisco’s Stonewall riots. She recounts her unique adolescence in her book titled Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014:   Ezekiel Emanuel is a professor of medical ethics and health policy, and was a special adviser to the White House on health-care reform, working directly on the Affordable Care Act.  His new book is Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Inefficient, Error Prone System.  Emanuel was labeled “Dr. Death” after several conservative commentators twisted his words to make it seem as though he supported “death panels.”

Thursday, June 5, 2014:  Phillipe Petit captured the world’s attention in 1974 when he secretly strung a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers and went for a walk —-  a quarter of a mile above the ground. The very-illegal stunt was the subject of the 2008 documentary Man on Wire.  Petit still practices the high wire three hours a day, six days a week. But he’s also a busker, juggler, pick-pock artist and author.  His newest book is Creativity: the Perfect Crime.   Then, Bob talks to author and Columbia University professor Stacey D’ Erasmo about her fourth novel Wonderland.

Friday, June 6, 2014:  Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Then, Bob talks to journalist Daniel Schulman about his new book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.