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Friday
Jun192015

The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (June 22-26, 2015)

Monday, June 22, 2015: Today we begin a week-long series of interviews about books for kids. Bob talks with writer Kate DiCamillo whose young adult novels works have been honored with some of the genres most prestigious awards, including the Newberry Award.  DiCamillo’s third novel, The Tale of Despereaux, was even turned into an animated film.  Next, Bob talks with William Joyce. He’s the author and illustrator of many beloved children’s books, including George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie, both of which are Emmy Award winning TV shows.  He is also a commercial illustrator whose has graced multiple New Yorker covers and a filmmaker who contributed to Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Robots.   He also wrote The Man in the Moon, the first in a series called The Guardians of Childhood.  Joyce turned that book into a film for DreamWorks Animation.  Then, Bob talks with the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner Jon Klassen, author and illustrator of This Is Not My Hat and 2011’s I Want My Hat Back

Tuesday, June 23, 2015:  Caldecott award-winning illustrator Brian Selznick is the author of 2007’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was turned into a movie by director Martin Scorsese.  Selznick talks with Bob about that book and about Wonder Struck, which tells two congruent tales, one in illustrations and the other in words. Then, Bob talks with illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, a three-time Caldecott winner and the creator of a number of classic children’s books, including Jumanji, The Polar Express, and The Z Was Zapped.  In 1984, Van Allsburg drew The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a series of illustrations that hint at stories.  More than a dozen notable writers – Sherman Alexie, Jules Fieffer, Gregory Maguire among them – along with millions of school children – have written short stories to go with each illustration in a book titled The Chronicles of Harris Burdick.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015: Bob talks with British author Neil Gaiman about his career of writing for kids and his many award-winning books, including Coraline and The Graveyard Book, which follows the story of young Nobody Owens who lives, where else - in a graveyard. Next up is Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, the author of the popular “children’s” tales A Series of Unfortunate Events. Then Bob talks with Irish writer Eoin Colfer about his famous series, the highly popular Artemis Fowl books for young people.

Thursday, June 25, 2015: Beloved writer Judy Blume has been the voice of young people’s literature for over 40 years.  The author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, the Fudge books, and many others, Blume has added screenwriter to her resume.  Based on her 1981 novel, Tiger Eyes follows a young woman forced to cope with the aftermath of her father’s murder.  Then, Bob talks with children’s book author Norton Juster. He’s the author of the classics The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and The Line.  In 2011, he teamed up again with friend and illustrator Jules Feiffer for the book titled The Odious Ogre.

Friday, June 26, 2015: As an ex-felon, writer Jack Gantos might have seemed like an odd choice to win the 2012 Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature.   But Gantos has been writing acclaimed books for young people for years, including his popular Joey Pigza series.  Now he’s written two novels Dead End in Norvelt and the sequel From Norvelt to Nowhere.  Gantos talks with Bob about these two almost-but-not-quite true books, as well as his own surprisingly true tales from his unusual past.

 

Friday
Jun192015

Bob Edwards Weekend (June 20-21, 2015)

 

HOUR ONE:

We begin with a brand new interview with jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli.  He tells Bob about his latest album, a tribute to the songs of Johnny Mercer.  Then, more with Pizzarelli.  He grew up surrounded by music royalty, including his father, Bucky.  Benny Goodman and Les Paul were regular guests in their home, and John has played with some of the most memorable artists of the past half century: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, James Taylor and Paul McCartney to name a few.  Pizzarelli will share the stories of his life. His book is titled World on a String: A Musical Memoir.

 

HOUR TWO:

For Father’s Day weekend, Bob talks with bestselling author Michael Lewis – not about the latest financial scandal on Wall Street, but about the unexpected joys and challenges of being a dad. Lewis is the author of Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.

Bob talks with Bobby Bare and his son Bobby Bare Jr. They’ll discuss their relationship, as well as the CD they co-produced which celebrates the songwriting of Shel Silverstein. It’s called Twistable, Turnable Man and features contributions from My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Todd Snider, Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith. The Bares each sing a song as well with Sr. covering “The Living Legend” and Jr. singing the grown-up lead vocals with his daughter on “Daddy What If.”

Friday
Jun122015

The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (June 15-19, 2015)

 

Monday, June 15, 2015: We begin with a brand new interview with jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli.  He tells Bob about his latest album, a tribute to the songs of Johnny Mercer.  Then, more with Pizzarelli.  He grew up surrounded by music royalty, including his father, Bucky.  Benny Goodman and Les Paul were regular guests in their home, and John has played with some of the most memorable: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, James Taylor and Paul McCartney.  Pizzarelli will share the stories of his life as he wrote in his book World on a String: A Musical Memoir.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015Garret Keizer opens his book with the admission that “noise is not the most important problem in the world.” But by examining noise in history, in culture, in our own backyards, Keizer argues that we can find answers to some of the big questions. His book is titled The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise.  Then, for the millions of fan who didn’t get to see the Beatles, there’s 1964: The Tribute, The Grateful Dead were honored with the Dark Star Orchestra; and for the Rolling Stones, there’s Sticky Fingers, who bill themselves as the “leading international Rolling Stones tribute show.” Writer Steven Kurutz explores this odd world by focusing on Sticky Fingers and their fans in his book, Like A Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute Band.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015: On this date in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse “public enemy number one” in the United States.  That began this country’s costly and ultimately unwinnable war on drugs.  Bob talks with filmmaker Eugene Jarecki about his remarkable documentary titled The House I Live In. The film explores every level of the “War on Drugs” – from the dealer, the narcotics officer, the inmate, the prison guard to the federal judge and offers a sobering view of our criminal justice system.

Thursday, June 18, 2015: Today is the 73rd birthday of Paul McCartney. To celebrate, Bob spends the hour with Sir Paul’s music and with his biographer. Peter Ames Carlin argues that McCartney was always the Beatles’ musical director – even teaching John Lennon how to play guitar chords and tune his instrument properly. Carlin’s book Paul McCartney: A Life is based on years of research and presents a textured portrait of one of music’s living icons.

Friday, June 19, 2015: On this date 51 years ago, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed following an 83-day filibuster in the Senate. Bob speaks with two journalists and authors who tell the story behind the creation of the landmark legislation.   Clay Risen is an editor at The New York Times op-ed section and the author of The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. And Todd Purdum is a senior writer at Politico and the author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Then, to prepare you for Father’s Day, Bob talks with Bobby Bare and his son Bobby Bare Jr. They’ll discuss their relationship, as well as the CD they co-produced which celebrates the songwriting of Shel Silverstein. It’s called Twistable Turnable Man and features contributions from My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Todd Snider, Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith. The Bares each sing a song as well with Sr. covering “The Living Legend” and Jr. singing the grown-up lead vocals with his daughter on “Daddy What If.”

Friday
Jun122015

Bob Edwards Weekend (June 13-14, 2015)

 

HOUR ONE:

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 100 years ago – June 10, 1915.

 

HOUR TWO:

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 and 30s. Bingham’s book is titled Irrepressible and it will be released next week.

Then, Bob talks with artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude about their life together and their bigger-than-life art projects. During their decades together, the couple wrapped bridges and temporarily draped massive amounts of fabric over mountains, valleys, coastlines, rivers and parks. Both artists were born 80 years ago - June 13th in 1935. Christo’s partner Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.

Friday
Jun052015

The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (June 8-12, 2015)

 

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.