The Bob Edwards Show, August 11-15, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014: Bob talks to Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, Sean Hemingway, about a new edition of Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises. Sean Hemingway compiled and edited this new edition, which includes deleted chapters and rare archival material. Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in l954, and died in l961. Then, Bob revisits Ben Eldridge (founding member/banjo) and Dudley Connell (lead vocal/guitar) of the iconic bluegrass band The Seldom Scene. Smithsonian Folkways just released their new record, Long Time. . .Seldom Scene, and it features newly recorded staples from their catalog, live show favorites, one previously unreleased song, and a collaboration with longtime friend Emmylou Harris on a cover of The Byrd’s tune, “Hickory Wind.”
Tuesday, August 12, 2014: Today, Bob talks with two authors about the challenges of writing the third volume of their trilogies. The Magician’s Land is the final installment of best-selling author and Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman’s Fillory books. Then, Bob welcomes back famed author Margaret Atwood to discuss MaddAddam, the conclusion to her trilogy which started with her Booker Prize shortlisted novel Oryx and Crake. MaddAddam is now available in paperback.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: Bob talks with Ken Turan, a film critic for the Los Angeles Times, about his new book. Not To Be Missed blends cultural criticism with historical anecdote, and charts Turan’s fifty-four favorites from a lifetime of film. Then, the Berlin Airlift has been called the first battle of the Cold War. For almost a year, young men flew old planes over Berlin dropping food, fuel, medicine — even candy — to the two million people below. In his book, Daring Young Men, historian Richard Reeves tells the stories of the civilian airmen who carried out one of history’s largest humanitarian campaigns.
Thursday, August 14, 2014: Oceanographer Sylvia Earle has spent thousands of hours underwater studying our planet’s marine life and is alarmed by what she’s seen. After witnessing the glaring effects of pollution, overfishing and climate change, Earle says we must get past the mindset that our oceans are too big to fail. Bob talks with Earle and with co-director Robert Nixon about their new documentary Mission Blue. Mission Blue will be available tomorrow on Netflix. Then, Salon.com senior book critic Laura Miller shares with Bob books to help us through the final dog days of summer, and she offers a preview of this year’s best fall books.
Friday, August 15, 2014: Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, one of the most legendary moments in rock & roll history started with an ad placed in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal: “Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions.” To mark the 45th anniversary of what was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition,” Bob talks with Greg Walter, who worked Woodstock backstage and came away with more than his share of stories. They feature in his book, Woodstock: A New Look, along with photographs he shot during the festival. And finally, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.