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Forthcoming on The Bob Edwards Show (May 12-16, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show, May 12-16, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014:  On May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a house in West Philadelphia, starting a fire that would destroy three city blocks and kill 11 people, 5 of them children.  It was the culmination of a botched attempt by city leaders to root a controversial radical group called MOVE out of their urban compound.  Jason Osder revisits the tragic story in a new documentary, Let the Fire Burn, premiering on PBS’s Independent Lens, Monday, May 12, 2014 (check local listings).  Then, best-selling writer Francine Prose found inspiration for her most recent novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, in the well-known Brassai photograph “Lesbian Couple at Le Monocle, 1932.”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014:  75 years ago today, the MS St. Louis set sail for Cuba and freedom with some 900 Jewish refugees aboard.  Dubbed “the saddest ship afloat” by the New York Times, the St. Louis was denied entrance by Cuba, the United States, and Canada before returning to Europe.  Martin Goldsmith, the author of Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance, shares with Bob the tragic tale of St. Louis.  Next, Bob talks to award-winning journalist Caroline Clarke, the long-lost granddaughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole, about her memoir Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail.  Then, with graduation season in full swing, Bob looks at commencement addresses that have become subjects in their own right.  To end today’s show, he talks with Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough Jr. (son of the famous historian) about his 2012 commencement speech titled “You are not Special.”  McCullough Jr. expanded it into his new book You are Not Special: … and Other Encouragements.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014:   Continuing our look at notable commencement addresses, Bob talks with best-selling writer George Saunders about his new book, Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.  It’s an expanded version of Saunders’ 2013 Syracuse University speech that went viral.   Then, writer David Foster Wallace’s 2005 speech at Kenyon College has been called the best commencement address ever.  It might have been all but forgotten, but after he took his own life in 2008, the text surfaced on the internet. It was later published as a book, called This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.

Thursday, May 15, 2014:   A Short History of Decay is the first feature film written and directed by long-time journalist Michael Maren.  Starring Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, and Harris Yulin, story follows a struggling Brooklyn writer who goes to Florida to visits his ailing parents.  Bob talks with Maren and Lavin about the film, which opens May 16th.  Then, Bob sits down with Tony award-winning actress Linda Lavin to discuss her long career.  And finally, Bob talks with award-winning novelist Brian Doyle about his book, The Plover, a harrowing tale of a man stranded on the high seas with only ghosts for company.

Friday, May 16, 2014:  Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Then, it’s been twenty years since the Rwandan genocide. Bob talks to survivor Edward Kayihura and co-writer Kerry Zukus about their book, Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story…and Why It Matters Today.


This Weekend's Program (May 10-11, 2014)

May 10-11, 2014


Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

75 years ago today, the MS St. Louis set sail for Cuba and freedom with some the 900 Jewish refugees aboard. Dubbed “the saddest ship afloat” by the New York Times, the St. Louis was denied entrance by Cuba, the United States, and Canada before returning to Europe. Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex’s Wake: a Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance, shares with Bob the tragic tale of the St. Louis.


Steve Winter has been taking photographs for National Geographic since 1991, and his latest book is entitled Tigers Forever: Saving The World’s Most Endangered Big Cats. His stunning images are accompanied by the writing of Sharon Guynup, who illuminates the people and organizations fighting to defend this noble creature. 

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

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Tigers Forever

by Dan Bloom, producer

© Steve Winter/National Geographic

The Tiger is one of the most beautiful and powerful animals from the earth, inspiring awe in cultures around the world, but its value on the black market makes it an attractive target for poachers.
In the book ‘Tigers Forever,’ photographer Steve Winter and writer Sharon Guynup present stunning images of these majestic creatures and lay out the challenges faced by tigers in today’s world, including degradation of their natural habitat. The book also highlights the work of intentional organizations, government groups and local individuals who devote their energies to preserving big cats.
To look upon the beautiful pictures taken by Winter while reading the words penned by Guynup, one is struck by an affection for these wonders of nature and a desire to aid the efforts for their conservation. 
For more information on how to do so, visit the website of Panthera, a leading big cat conservation group: They tweet at @pantheracats.
For more information on the book and to see photos, visit:
To learn more about the work of Steve Winter, his website is: and Sharon Guynup’s is:
Steve Winter tweets at @swfoto, Sharon Guynup tweets at @sguynup.
For a gallery of pictures from ‘Tigers Forever,’ click here.
Preview video for ‘Tigers Forever’ book:


The Last of the Doughboys

by Andy Kubis, producer

Ten years ago Richard Rubin set out to interview every last living World War I veteran. There were only a few dozen left, aged 101 to 113. Rubin says that those who fought in World War II are now celebrated as “The Greatest Generation,” but there was no such honor for veterans of the previous world war. He hopes his book, The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World Warwill  help change that.

On the book’s website, you can watch several videos from Rubin’s interviews with the veterans. This one was conducted in July of 2006. 106-year-old Laurence Moffitt recalls the experience of getting gassed and shelled in the trenches of France 85 years earlier.

For more videos like this, visit The Last of the Doughboys YouTube page.

For more information on Richard Rubin, visit his website.

**This entry originally appeared on July 23, 2013**


Forthcoming on The Bob Edwards Show (May 5-9, 2014)

The Bob Edwards Show, May 5-9, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014:  Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson knows something about rock and roll. As a long-time music journalist, Robinson has interviewed just about everyone in the business from Led Zeppelin to Michael Jackson to Kanye West. She writes about her experiences in her new memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll. Then, Jason Padgett acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia after he was attacked outside a karaoke club twelve years ago. He talks to Bob about his experience and his book, Struck By Genius: How A Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014:  In 2003, Richard Rubin set out to interview every last living World War I veteran. There were only a few dozen left, aged 101 to 113. The result is a unique tribute to the men who shared their memories and heart-wrenching stories. Rubin’s book is titled, The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War and it’s now available in paperback. Then, Bob talks with bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld about her new novel. Sisterhood tells the story of identical twin sisters with psychic abilities. It sounds like Stephen King’s latest idea, but Sittenfeld doesn’t go for creepy thrills, instead the ESP seems perfectly normal. Sittenfeld’s book is available in paperback.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014:  The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression celebrates the ideals of its namesake by recognizing those who, in the past year, forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson’s admonition that freedom of speech ‘cannot be limited without being lost.’ Announced on or near April 13 — the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson — the Jefferson Muzzles are awarded to the most egregious subverters of the First Amendment. Bob talks to the Director of the Center, Josh Wheeler. Then, George Howe Colt explores the complexity of fraternity in his book Brothers. The book is part memoir – Colt grew up in a family of four brothers — and part history of iconic brothers—the Booths, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx Brothers, and the Thoreaus. Colt’s book has just been release in paperback.
Thursday, May 8, 2014:   Once upon a time in the United States, people flocked to sold-out arenas to watch star athletes with endorsement deals… . walk. Matthew Algeo tells the peculiar story in his new book, Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport. Then, thanks to the centuries of bad press the Borgia name is synonymous with duplicity and immorality— a family that would go to any lengths to retain its power. But historian G.J. Meyer challenges what we know about this Italian papal family in his book The Borgias: A Hidden History which is now available in paperback.
Friday, May 9, 2014:  Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, although it’s been over 70 years since the start of World War II, it’s not unusual to read in the news about people recovering art and valuables stolen by the Nazis from European Jews. Writer Ayelet Waldman’s new novel, Love and Treasure, uses this history to tell the stories of seemingly disparate characters brought together by objects that they thought were long gone.