Bob Edwards Weekend (April 25-26, 2015)


We’ll mark the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill with our own original reporting from southern Louisiana in the wake of the accident. On April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and the crippled well began leaking the first of an estimated 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the next three months. We’ll hear from journalists, biologists, hunters, shrimpers, fishermen and other local experts about how their region was affected by the twin calamities of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and by the oil spill in 2010.                               



Ninety-percent of the developing world’s sewage is dumped - untreated - into oceans, rivers and lakes. Almost half of the world’s population has no access to a toilet. Inadequate sanitation kills more people in developing nations than AIDS, tuberculosis, or malaria and dirty water remains the world’s number one health risk. In her book, The Big Necessity, journalist Rose George argues that the way a society disposes of its sewage tells you a lot about its economy, politics and religion.

Actress and comedian Carol Burnett hosted her own network comedy program for 11 years. The Carol Burnett Show won an astounding 25 Emmy Awards along the way.  Her book This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection recounts some of Burnett’s most memorable stories and beloved roles over her 60-year career. Burnett shares some of those stories with Bob as she turns 82 this weekend.