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Friday
Jul182014

This Weekend's Program (July 19-20, 2014)

Bob Edwards Weekend, July 19-20, 2014

HOUR ONE:

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss some of the books he’s reading this summer.

In the early decades of the 20th century, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin envisioned a Communist Western Europe, turning his attention first to the United Kingdom.  Writer Giles Milton tells the story of the men who stopped him in Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Plot for Global Revolution.

Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks with director Richard Linklater about his latest movie Boyhood which he filmed over 12 years. The only special effect is watching the main character grow up on screen…starting in elementary school and ending on his first day in college.  The story follows family moves, unfortunate stepfathers and broken hearts and stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane as Mason, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his biological parents.

Social worker Dan Cohen’s work inspired the documentary, Alive Inside, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.  It shows the remarkable power of music on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Cohen talks with Bob about the film and the experiences that inspired it.

Bob Edwards Weekend airs on Sirius XM Public Radio (XM 121, Sirius 205) Saturdays from 8-10 AM ET. 

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Tuesday
Jul152014

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In

Wind from the Sea, 1947 National Gallery of ArtThe National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In is on view until November 30, 2014 in Washington DC.

This painting, Wind from the Sea, was painted in the Olson house in Cushing, Maine, where Andrew and his wife Besty summered for most of their lives. The home is now a national heritage site, and is part of the Farnsworth Art Musuem, which has a large Wyeth collection. 

 

 

 

Spring Fed, 1967, The National Gallery of Art If you are in the DC area and want to see more of Andrew Wyeth’s work, as well as illustrations by his father, N.C. Wyeth, head north east to theBrandywine River Musuem.  The musuem houses original works by three generations of Wyeth artists, and visitors can tour N.C.’s studio, as well as the Kuerner farm, where Andrew painted Spring Fed.

Sunday
Jul132014

This Week on The Bob Edwards Show (June 14-18, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show, June 14-18, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014:   Bob talks to Anthony Marra about his novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which has just come out in paperback.  It was a New York Times bestseller when it was published in May 2013. This week it was shortlisted for the Pen Literary Award (for first fiction).  The novel is set in a small village in Chechnya, a breakaway republic in southern Russia during the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  During these years, Russian troops abducted anyone suspected of helping or sympathizing with Chechen separatists.  Marra’s characters in A Constellation of Vital Phenomena are not the soldiers, or partisans in the war, but ordinary people doing whatever they can to survive in a war zone.  Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014:  Just six weeks before Linor Abargil won the Miss World competition in 1998, she was kidnapped, raped, and stabbed by an Israeli travel agent in Italy.  Filmmakers Cecilia Peck and Inbal Lessner tell this story in Brave Miss World, a documentary on Abargil’s experience and her work to end sexual violence.  Brave Miss World is available on Netflix. Then, we remember world-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel.  In 2008, Bob visited Maazel’s Virginia home to speak about the opera camp he ran there, his time with the New York Philharmonic and their unusual trip to North Korea.  Lorin Maazel died Sunday at the age of 84.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014:  Once identified by art historian Robert Rosenblum as the 20th century’s “most overrated and underrated artist,” Andrew Wyeth’s work has long been a polarizing force in American art.  A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art titled Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In highlights the artist’s fascination with windows.  Curator Nancy Anderson talks with Bob about Wyeth’s work and life.   Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In is open until November 30, 2014.  Then, Jolie Holland was one of the founding members of the folk band The Be Good Tanyas. She’s been described as embodying “everything weird and wonderful in the history of American music.” Her new solo album Wine Dark Sea is now out. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014:  Documentary filmmaker Dan Cohen’s new film, Alive Inside, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.  It shows the remarkable power of music on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  Cohen talks with Bob about his film and the experiences that inspired it. The film opens tomorrow in New York City.  Then, Bob talks with Cowboy poet Baxter Black about his latest book, Poems Worth Saving, a collection of Baxter’s favorite poems he’s done over the years.

Friday, July 18, 2014:  First, Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times joins us each Friday for an analysis of politics, but this week he’s offering book suggestions appropriate for your day at the beach. Then, Bob talks with director Richard Linklater about his latest movie ‘Boyhood’ which he filmed over 12 actual years. The only special effect is watching the main character grow up on screen…starting in elementary school and ending on his first day in college.  The story follows family moves, unfortunate stepfathers and broken hearts and stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane as Mason, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his biological parents.

Sunday
Jul062014

This Week on The Bob Edwards Show (July 7-11, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show, July 7-11, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014:  Today, T.E. Lawrence is as much myth as he was man, but the conflict in which he was involved is still relevant in our modern times.  Journalist and author Scott Anderson’s best-selling book Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East looks at the historical impact of Lawrence’s military role.  It is now available in paperback.  Then, the film Dangerous Acts chronicles an underground theater troupe, the Belarus Free Theatre, which performs despite being barred from working for pay within the last surviving Communist dictatorship in Eastern Europe. Madeleine Sackler relied on a very brave camera person who smuggled footage out of the country and onto a plane for her.  Dangerous Acts airs today on HBO.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014:   Bob talks to Serhii Plokhy, director of Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute about his new book, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union.  Professor Plokhy grew up in Russia, and was educated in Ukraine and the United States.  He says, contrary to the conventional wisdom in the U.S., the collapse of the Soviet Union was triggered by internal political and economic factors, not American pressure.  Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014:  Brian Conaghan was an unlikely high school teacher.  Diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome as an adult, Conaghan spent years trying to deal with and even hide his disorder.  His new YA novel, When Mr. Dog Bites, is a funny and honest look at this misunderstood disorder.  Then, musician Glen Philips is best-known as the front man for the popular 1990s alt rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket.  After a solo career through the 2000s, Philips has reunited with Toad and they are touring this summer.  Philips talks with Bob about his work and the band’s latest album New Constellation.

Thursday, July 10, 2014:  Ted Olson is an unlikely champion of gay marriage. He built his career as a very conservative jurist, serving two republican presidents and successfully arguing the 2000 election case that put George W. Bush in the White House. But it was Olson who led the charge to overturn Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Olson tells the story of his work on the case in a new book titled Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality.

Friday, July11, 2014:  Ken Vogel is an investigative reporter for POLITICO who covers, among other things, the intersection between money and politics. His new book is titled Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp – on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics.  Then, in the turbulent summer of 1964, Martha and the Vandellas sang: “Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?”   Writer Mark Kurlansky looks at the impact of that invitation in his book Ready for a Brand New Beat: How “Dancing in the Street” Became the Anthem for a Changing America and it’s available in paperback.

Friday
Jul042014

This Weekend's Program (July 5-6, 2014)

Bob Edwards Weekend, July 5-6, 2014

HOUR ONE:

In his latest thriller, The Director, best-selling author and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius takes readers into the elusive world of the CIA, hackers and contemporary cyber espionage.

In these days of emails, texts and tweets, society as a whole is losing its ability to communicate in more old fashioned ways. Gone are the days of the carefully handwritten and deeply meaningful letter. Shaun Usher is doing his part to preserve the interesting letters that do exist.  He’s the editor of a new book titled Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience.

Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

HOUR TWO:

Dancer and choreographer Savion Glover made his Broadway debut at the age of 10, and won a Tony for Bring in ‘D Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk when he was 23. Glover’s latest show is “Savion Glover’s OM” at New York City’s Joyce Theater, and he joins Bob to talk about his life and career.

Bob talks with director Steve James about his latest documentary, Life Itself.  It tells the remarkable story of the late, great film critic Roger Ebert, and is based on his 2011 memoir of the same name. Ebert died last April following a decade-long battle with cancer.

Bob Edwards Weekend airs on Sirius XM Public Radio (XM 121, Sirius 205) Saturdays from 8-10 AM ET. 

Visit Bob Edwards Weekend on PRI’s website to find local stations that air the program.