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The Bob Edwards Show

November 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Today, there are 27 million people living in real slavery around the world. Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves, talks to Bob about his new book Ending Slavery, where he shares stories about contemporary slavery. Then, Bob talks to historian Marcus Rediker about his book The Slave Ship: A Human History , a compilation of forgotten stories about the “sordid wooden world of violence and terror that had dramatic effects on the course of history.” And finally, a few years ago, Tony Cohen crammed into a two-foot wooden crate and mailed himself from Philadelphia to New York, to recreate the fear and anguish of runaway slave, Henry "Box" Brown; Brown shipped himself north as freight 150 years earlier. As a result, Cohen established the Menare Foundation, a slavery-immersion program, whose patrons include Oprah Winfrey.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Bob talks with writer/director Ted Braun and activist Adam Sterling about the film Darfur Now. Braun explored Darfur's political unrest through the eyes of six individuals working in very different ways for peace in Darfur. Then, Bob speaks with film director Julien Temple about his film 'Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.' The film centers on the life and times of Joe Strummer, the lead singer of The Clash.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then Bob talks to writer Bill Bryson about his work, life on both sides of the Atlantic, and his most recent book William Shakespeare, the World as Stage. Bryson, a well-known Anglophile, writes about the personal life of Britain’s most beloved writer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bob talks with musician David Crosby about the considerable ups and downs of his life.

Wednesday , November 7, 2007

Bob talks to Tom Brokaw, the former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. In his first major book since The Greatest Generation, Brokaw addresses the 1960’s in Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the ‘60s and Today. Then, Bob talks to Jan Scruggs, the founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He conceived the idea of building a memorial dedicated to all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam and took $2,800 of his own money and launched the effort. The memorial was dedicated in November 13, 1982.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A.E. Hotchner’s close, 14-year friendship with Ernest Hemingway resulted in the landmark biography, Papa Hemingway . In more recent years, he’s partnered with Paul Newman on various charities. Bob spends the hour talking to Hotchner about his life, his writing and his legendary collaborations.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Bob talks with reporter Thomas DeFrank about the Gerald Ford the public never knew. DeFrank covered President Ford's White House years and, over time, developed a close friendship with the former commander-in-chief. DeFrank complied their 16 years of interviews in his book Write It When I'm Gone, revealing Ford's funny, candid, and sometimes even gossipy side. Anita Hollander is an actor, singer, director and teacher and her one-woman-show about living with one leg is called 'Still Standing.'

Monday, November 12, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then Bob chats with Michael Ian Black about his career in comedy. Black is an actor, pop critic and comedian who recently released his first stand-up album titled "I Am a Wonderful Man." He's a member of The State comedy sketch group, is one of the guys trying to sell you Sierra Mist on TV and was the voice of the pets.com sock puppet. Lately, Black has been moving towards writing and directing films and will also update us on those projects.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bob talks with one of "the bad boys of environmentalism," Ted Nordhaus . Along with his co-author, Michael Shellenberger, Nordhaus has spent his life working in and with environmental organizations, but earned his nickname after turning on the movement's approach to solving problems. In their book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, the authors criticize everyone from the Sierra Club to Al Gore. Then, Bob talks with one of his favorite singers, Jennifer Warnes. She had a run of Academy-Award worthy songs from films such as Norma Rae, Ragtime, An Officer and a Gentleman and Dirty Dancing. In 1977, Warnes produced and recorded a Famous Blue Raincoat - a tribute to Leonard Cohen. The remastered 20th anniversary CD was released last month.

Wednesday , November 14, 2007

Bob talks with the husband-and-wife team behind the band Over the Rhine, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The duo have released three albums this year and their latest CD is titled “ The Trumpet Child.”
Then, Bob talks to Julia Child's grandnephew Alex Prud'homme about their bestseller My Life in France . Prud'homme completed his Aunt's memoirs after her death in 2001. It is now available in paperback.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bob talks to nonagenarian and radio genius Studs Terkel about his new memoir Touch and Go . It chronicles his life and career as a writer, broadcaster, oral historian and story teller. Terkel won a Pulitzer Prize for The Good War: An Oral History of World War II .


Friday, November 16, 2007

Bob talks to former NFL player and current Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Alan C. Page. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978 while working full-time---as a professional football player with the Minnesota Vikings. In 1971, Page became the first defensive player in NFL history to receive the "Most Valuable Player" award. In 1988, Page and his wife founded the Page Education Foundation, which helps minorities go to college.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Bob talks to Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, the stars of a new documentary, "King Corn." It's about the pervasive influence of corn on our nation's food production. Think you don't eat all that much corn? ...think again.

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bob talks with author Greg Behrman about America's unprecedented and audacious policy to help rebuild Western Europe after World War II. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which cost more than $100 billion in today's dollars. President Bush has compared the U.S.'s post-reconstruction plans in Iraq and Afghanistan to the Marshall Plan, but many have criticized the administration for not learning the lessons from the first time around. Behrman's book is called The Most Notable Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe. Then, Bob talks with actress Shirley MacClaine about growing older and her views on what happen after we die. Her new book is Sage-ing While Aging.

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Before national censorship suppressed the documentation of harsh social realities at the turn of last century, American filmmakers turned their camera on all aspects of American life. The National Film Preservation Foundation has restored 48 rare artifacts from major U.S films titled “Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934,” now available on DVD. Bob talks to the collection's curator Scott Simmon. Then, Frank Langella won the Best Actor Tony Award this year for his performance in the acclaimed play "Frost/Nixon." Bob talks to Langella about his new film "Starting Out in the Evening." He stars as Leonard Schiller, an out-of-print New York writer whose solitary existence is interrupted by a young, beautiful graduate student writing her thesis about his novels. The student is played by Lauren Ambrose, the redhead from Six Feet Under.

 

Thursday, November 22, 2007

On this Thanksgiving Day we dip into our archives. First it’s Bob’s interview with Nantucket resident Nathaniel Philbrick about his book Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War. Then Bob chats with Ray Davies, a founding member of The Kinks about his first solo album, which includes a song about his first experience with the Thanksgiving holiday. His CD is called "Other People's Lives."

 

Friday, November 23, 2007:

Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva have been producing some of the best stuff on radio since 1979. They are the creators of two Peabody Award winning NPR series, “Lost & Found Sound” and “The Sonic Memorial Project.” Bob talks to The Kitchen Sisters about their most recent project, an audio book based on their ongoing radio series about how communities come together through food. It’s called "Hidden Kitchens: Stories and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters."

 

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Bob talks to director Brett Morgen about his new documentary, “Nimrod Nation.” It explores life in the isolated frontier town of Watersmeet, Michigan. Life there revolves around family, hunting, and the local high school, home of the Watersmeet Nimrods. “Nimrod Nation” premiers November 26 on the Sundance Channel. And finally, Bob talks to wordsmith Michael Quinion who discusses an alternate use for the word “bottle” -- and other idioms related to drinking alcohol.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sharon Olds earned literary respect with her raw and intense poetry. She earned activists’ respect by denouncing the war in Iraq. Bob talks to the NYU professor about her writing, her teaching, and her refusal to dine with First Lady Laura Bush.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Craig Silverman, creator of the blog RegretTheError.com, has compiled the best and worst mistakes from today's newspapers in his book Regret The Error. He talks with Bob about contemporary society's insatiable appetite for media coverage and why journalistic mistakes are on the rise. Then, cultural critic Judith Thuman's latest book "Cleopatra's Nose" is a collection of some of her finest essays culled from her 20 year career at The New Yorker. She talks with Bob about her mostly female, and often imperious subjects, from Madame du Pompador to Jackie Onassis.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bob talks with first time screenwriter Diablo Cody & actress Ellen Page about their new film “Juno,” opening December 5. Page plays Juno MacGuff, who is 16, pregnant, and "dealing with things far beyond her maturity." Juno's dark comedic charm and witty dialogue will make it this year's indie hit. Then, the Beatles influence on music, fashion, and taste began in the 1960s and never really let up. Writer Jonathan Gould talks with Bob about an era heavily affected by the group, in his book "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America."

Friday, November 30, 2007

Bob is joined by our regular sports commentator King Kaufman and then Bob talks with actress Laura Linney about her career and her latest movie. Linney stars opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman in "The Savages" as siblings from a dysfunctional family. Finally, another installment of our regular chat with folklorists at the Library of Congress Folklife Center. This time it's stories and songs about bad weather.