Monday, June 8, 2015: National Geographic explorer-in-residence Wade Davis takes readers along George Malloy’s ill-fated and harrowing attempt to climb Mt. Everest in his book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest. Mallory was last seen on this date in 1924, headed for the summit and his body wasn’t found until 1999.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015: It’s been nearly 70 years since the Hollywood Ten stood before the House Un-American Activities Committee. They refused to name their fellow screenwriters, directors, actors and musicians who were suspected of having communist ties. Bob talks with three blacklisted artists: publisher Victor Navasky, actress Marsha Hunt and screenwriter Walter Bernstein. Then, Dalton Trumbo was one of Hollywood’s most respected screenwriters when he was called before HUAC in 1947. Because he refused to comment on his political affiliations, he became one of the “Hollywood Ten” and was blacklisted from Hollywood. His son, screenwriter Christopher Trumbo and filmmaker Peter Askin discuss making their documentary called Trumbo.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015: Saul Bellow was a self-taught writer, whose prose remade American fiction in his own image and created many literary “sons” who were influenced by him. Now Bellow’s oldest biological son has written a memoir titled, Saul Bellow’s Heart, which seeks to enlighten the world about his father’s inner life. Bob talks with Greg Bellow about family stories, literary legacies and the man he loved and still misses today. Saul Bellow was born on June 10, 1915 – 100 years ago today.
Thursday, June 11, 2015: Bob talks with Emily Bingham about her brand new book. It’s a biography of her great aunt Henrietta who lived life to the fullest during the Jazz Age. She was both intoxicating and often intoxicated as she tore through love affairs with men and women of the 1920s. Then, Bob speaks with actor Gene Wilder about his novel, My French Whore: A Love Story set in Europe in 1918. They also discuss Wilder’s film career, collaborations with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, and the final illness of Gilda Radner, who was married to Wilder when she died of cancer in 1989.
Friday, June 12, 2015: 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 the most famous artists of the day. Now a writer, Selz looks back on the art and artists of her childhood in her memoir titled Unstill Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction. Then, Bob talks with artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude about their exhibit Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River, a Work in Progress. The exhibition of more than 150 photographs, collages, drawings, and maps, chronicled the artists’ process as they assembled and suspended massive panels of silvery fabric over the Arkansas River in Colorado. The exhibition traced the development of this ambitious project for over a decade. Both artists were born 80 years ago - June 13th in 1935. Christo’s partner Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.