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The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (October 20-24, 2014)


Hi everyone. Going forward, I will try to get these posted every Wednesday for the next week’s programming and for the weekend. But there is a better way for you to get this information in a timely manner. Send an email to and request to be added to our mailing list. It’s just our schedule compiled by me and sent in a simple email, usually on Fridays.


Chad Campbell | Senior Producer


THE BOB EDWARDS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – October 20 – October 24, 2014


Monday, October 20, 2014: Bob talks with one of his musical favorites, Chuck Leavell, the pianist whose buoyant sound has graced records from The Allman Brothers Band in the 1970s to The Rolling Stones of today. Leavell wrote a book about his experiences on the road and in the studio called Between Rock and a Home Place.  From November of 2004, just seven weeks into our decade of interviews, Chuck Leavell was the first of many guests to visit with Bob for a full hour.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014:  Bob talks to StoryCorps founder and radio producer Dave Isay about his book Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First 10 Years of StoryCorps.  Then, brothers David and Joe Henry examine the life of comedian Richard Pryor in their book Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him.  Both books are now available in paperback.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014:  Today, we look back at The Cuban Missile Crisis. On this day in 1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, after the U.S. discovered evidence of Soviet missile installations on the island just 90 miles from mainland America. First, Bob talks with Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, who spent years carefully researching the Cuban missile crisis, unearthing new material for an hour-by-hour account of the Cold War’s apex.  Dobbs’ book is titled One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War.  Then, Bob talks with professor James Blight whose book and film The Armageddon Letters is a mutlimedia storytelling project about the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Blight is an expert on those 13 tense October days in 1962 when nuclear war nearly broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union.


Thursday, October 23, 2014: Bob spends the hour with Father Gregory Boyle in East Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Boyle has helped thousands of gang members trade a life of violent crime for an honest day’s work. Father G-Dog, as he’s been nicknamed by the community, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to find and create jobs for ex-gang members. Homeboy Industries runs five businesses of its own, including a tattoo removal parlor, a landscaping service and a cafe.  Ever since conducting this original interview with Father Greg in 2005, Bob has called it his favorite conversation.


Friday, October 24, 2014:  We’ll mark United Nations Day with a sampling of interviews dealing with the important, but misunderstood and perhaps outdated world body.  First, Bob discusses the UN Security Council with American University professor David Bosco, author of the book Five to Rule Them All: the UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World. Next a visit from Jan Egeland.  He was in charge of coordinating humanitarian relief for the United Nations during some of the world’s most horrific recent events: the tsunami in Asia, the crisis in Darfur, the aftermath of the Iraq war. Egeland’s book about his experience is called A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity. Then, Michel Gabaudan is a former member of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. He shares his stories of conducting field missions around the world to gather information about the basic needs of displaced people.



Ruben Martinez and When Worlds Collide

by Chad Campbell, senior producer
NOTE: This blog post is from 2010
Go to this address to watch the entire film online.

Ruben Martinez is a successful author, a professor of literature and writing at Loyola Marymount University and the host of a new documentary premiering tonight on PBS. It’s called When Worlds Collide: The Untold Story of the Americas After Contact and it focuses on what the Spanish Conquistadors found in the “New World” and on how civilizations on both sides of the Atlantic were changed. The film makes the argument that the average American in 1490 was healthier and better off than the average European. The natives of North and South America enjoyed a much better climate and consumed a far more varied diet which included potatoes, chocolate, tomatoes and corn - all “discovered” on this side of the ocean. We also learn that Americans were mass producing red dye from an insect that lived on a local cactus. This knowledge was revolutionary to Europe’s fashion trends, textile manufacturing and to artists like Rembrandt who used the dye in his painting “The Jewish Bride.” 


Martinez was a guest on our show several years ago to discuss immigration and in fact has written a trilogy of books on the subject: The Other SideCrossing Over and The New Americans.


Click here to read Ruben Martinez’s essay on his own personal colliding worlds.

Here’s a link to a timeline with notable events from the old world and the new.

Click here to learn more about historical figures featured in the documentary.

Here’s a link to purchase a DVD copy.




Bill Siemering

Bill Siemering is a child of radio having grown up listening to the country’s first station in Wisconsin, then going to school in Madison and working his way through WHA.  But it’s really not a stretch to call him a “father” of public radio. He was there for the very beginning of National Public Radio, responsible for writing its first mission statement. He was there for the launch of All Things Considered as NPR’s first Director of Programming. Later, at member station WHYY in Philadelphia, Siemering nurtured Fresh Air with Terry Gross and helped it reach a national audience. These days, Siemering helps launch radio shows and nurture independent radio stations in developing countries like Mongolia and Sierra Leone as the president of Developing Radio Partners. This interview originally aired in September of 2007 and includes examples of early programming produced by Siemering, as well as more recent productions from some of the distant radio stations he helped launch. Bill Siemering called this the definitive interview of his career and I am proud that we can present it to you again today.



Sean Ono Lennon

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

NOTE: This is the blog post I originally wrote in December 2009 for Bob’s full hour interview with Sean.

When I opened a package last winter to find Sean Lennon’s soundtrack for an unreleased, independent, small-budget Shakespearean vampire comedy called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, I was doubtful. It even featured this very “artsy” cover photo. I listened to the music and thought it would be good for future use as background music on our show. Then I started thinking, he is the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, so maybe it would be worth an interview. Again I feared the worst, imagining a quiet, pretentious artist mumbling about little else besides his own navel. But Sean Lennon is not what most people expect. Bob enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion with Lennon about the record label he runs out of his kitchen (Chimera Music), writing, composing and recording the score for his friend’s aforementioned movie, producing his mom Yoko Ono’s latest CD (Between My Head and the Sky), her art (like the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland), the vivid memories of his dad, even though John Lennon was murdered when Sean was just five years old, the fact that he can’t really help LOOKING like his famous father, forming a band called The Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger with his model girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl (click here for some photos of the very stylish couple), on commonly being mistaken for his half brother Julian, on seeing posters of his naked parents hanging in friends’ apartments. Sean and girlfriend Charlotte recreated another iconic photo of John and Yoko. Click here to see and read a bit about that.

Click here to see a trailer of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead.

The movie is in limited release now and will be available on DVD September 21.


The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

NOTE: This blog post was written in March 2011…and sadly it appears that the promised video links no longer work.

Sean Lennon, Bob and Charlotte Kemp Muhl As the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon really needs no introduction. Actually, neither does Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Without knowing it, you’ve probably seen the 23-year-old fashion model in commercials for Maybelline, or in the pages of your favorite glossy magazine. Together, they are surely one of New York’s most artsy and fashionable couples. Aside from forming a romantic relationship, they also started Chimera Music together and they formed a band called The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (often abbreviated GOASST and pronounced “Ghost”). Bob and I took the train from to New York to interview them at Sirius. For their recent tour, and for the studio performance GOASTT gave us, Sean and Charlotte were joined by horn player CJ Camerieri who can do amazing things with a trumpet and a french horn. To their regret, CJ does not appear on The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s debut CD called Acoustic Sessions. After a late start, the three played most of the cuts from the album plus a few new songs. Sean sang, while playing guitar and a kick drum at the same time. Charlotte sang and alternated between an electric bass, an accordion and melodica, while CJ added beautifully strange textures by electronically altering his horn playing. I saw this same trio perform flawlessly live on stage a few weeks before but for this studio session, we indulged Sean and Charlotte’s competitive perfectionism so recording the songs took longer than expected, but we were still able to record a 40 minute interview with them before Bob and I said thank you and rushed back to Penn Station to catch our train to DC.

Here are a few more photos.

Here is their video for Schroedinger’s Cat.

And here is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show from January.