This Weekend's Program (August 9-10, 2014)

Bob Edwards Weekend, August 9-10, 2014

HOUR ONE:

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. 

Late summer is a perfect time to talk to the authors of The Songs of Insects. Naturalists Lang Elliottand Wil Hershberger join Bob to talk about the chirps, trills and buzzes made by the bugs found in your own backyard. 

The title of science writer Marc Abrahams’ new book says it all: This Is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors, and More WTF Research.  Abrahams is the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and in his new book shares with readers his odd collection of strange scientific findings. Then, the latest essay from children’s author and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks to actor Brendan Gleeson and John McDonagh who wrote and directed their new film,Calvary. Both men were raised Catholic and Gleeson stars as a beloved but besieged priest in a small Irish village who offers to sacrifice himself for the sins of others.

Bob talks with Roger Blevins Jr. about the music of his oddly named soul band, Mingo Fishtrap.  They combine the sounds of Memphis and New Orleans, with a little north Texas thrown in, to create a funky sound all their own. The group’s latest album is titled On Time.

Bob Edwards Weekend airs on Sirius XM Public Radio (Channel 121) Saturdays from 8-10 AM ET. 

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