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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.

This Weekend's Program (May 3-4, 2014)

May 3-4, 2014
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
In a memorable episode of the hit TV show Seinfeld, a frustrated Elaine tracks down The New Yorker’s cartoon editor to get him to explain a particularly perplexing cartoon. Turns out, he didn’t get it either – he just “liked the kitty.” Elaine is not alone. In their annual Cartoon issue, The New Yorker runs a feature titled “I Don’t Get It” where the year’s most confounding cartoons are explained. Many of those cartoons were likely drawn or edited by Bob Mankoff. He published his first cartoon in The New Yorker in 1977 and is now that magazine’s cartoon editor. His new memoir is titled How About Never – Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons
Paul Schomer of the blog shares some new music discoveries with Bob. This time we’ll hear songs from Old Hours, Land Lines, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Will Phalen and Holy Wave.
Bob talks with Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody, actors from Fiasco Theater.  They’ll discuss their production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and why William Shakespeare’s work is still relevant today - nearly 400 years after his death.
For ten months, Kevin Spacey toured the world performing Richard III in a production directed by Sam Mendes.  Cameras went along for the ride and the result is a film that feels like the Shakespeare version of a behind-the-scenes concert tour video, minus the groupies. NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage will be released Friday in theaters and will be available for download.  Spacey joins Bob to talk about the film, the experience, and his acting career.

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.

Rebecca Frazier and "When We Fall"

by Dan Bloom, producer

There was a time when Rebecca Frazier wanted nothing more than to be a ski bum. Once she go to Colorado, Frazier’s songwriting background and training at Berklee College of Music got the best of her and she ended up spending more time practicing guitar than on the slopes. At a bluegrass jam, she met mandolin player John Frazier, who became her romantic and musical partner. The Fraziers started a band, ‘Hit & Run,’ and began touring the bluegrass festival circuit.
After achieving a good deal of success and notoriety, the pair’s ambitions changed again: John Cowan and later, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers came calling for the expert mandolin of John Frazier, and Rebecca decided that she was ready to start a family, so the pair moved to Nashville for the next stage of their life. Steve Martin with lil’ Jack Frazier
Rebecca Frazier gave birth to her first son, Jack, who brought the couple tremendous joy, but tragically, the couple’s second son, Charlie, was born prematurely and passed after only a half hour of life. The loss devastated Rebecca, as it would any mother, but after a deep depression, she re-animated by playing with Jack and began writing songs about the experience.
There came a point when Rebecca Frazier doubted whether she would ever have another child or record again, but within a year she was doing both, becoming pregnant with her daughter Cora, or ‘C-Biscuit’ as she calls her, and recording with renowned producer and musician Brent Truitt.
Producer Brent Truitt with recording assistant Cora Frazier AKA ‘C-Biscuit’
The resulting album is a lyrical, rollicking bluegrass romp called “When We Fall” which marks Rebecca Frazier’s return to recording for the first time in a decade. Bluegrass fans will find a lot to love about this quintet, and Frazier’s songs will lay you low and lift you back up. Knowing her back story makes Frazier’s lyrics all the more profound, and the music that carries them is expertly delivered.
Rebecca Frazier and ‘Hit & Run’ are touring in support of “When We Fall” beginning on May 14 in Abingdon, Virginia. You can find more information at, Frazier tweets at @RebeccaFlatpick, and her blog is called bluegrass guitar mama.

John, Cora & Rebecca Frazier at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival
 Here’s a list of upcoming show dates:
05/14/14 - Abingdon, VA
05/15/14 - Ashland, VA
05/16/14 - Warrenton, VA
05/17/14 - Gettysburg, PA
05/18/14 - Washington, DC
05/18/14 - Gettysburg, PA
05/23/14 - Cumberland, MD (DelFest)
05/24/14 - Haleyville, AL