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Saturday
Dec202014

Best Music of 2014

Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine. For a long time, he was a regular guest on our show, reviewing new music about once a month. Then we would conduct a special interview in late December about his favorite music of the year. We are happy to be able to continue that tradition this year. Here are the artists, albums and songs he discussed with Bob, in the order that we played them. Click on the artist for their webpage of more inofrmation about them. Click on the album for a link to the CD and click on the song to hear a sample.

Annie Lennox - Nostalgia - I Put a Spell on You

Vashti Bunyan - Heart Leap - Mother

Teddy Thompson - Family - Family

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence - Brooklyn Baby

Elbow - The Takeoff and Landing of Everything - New York Morning

Rosanne Cash - The River and the Thread - When the Master Calls the Roll

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music - Living the Dream

Midge Ure - Fragile - Are We Connected

Suzanne Vega - Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles - Portrait of the Knight of Wands

Jackson Browne - Standing in the Breach - The Birds of St. Marks

 

Friday
Dec192014

The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (December 22-26, 2014)

 

Monday, December 22, 2014: Bob talks with Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the husband and wife musicians from the band Over the Rhine. In a brand new interview, they’ll discuss the holiday-inspired music from their latest CD titled Blood Oranges in the Snow. It’s a concoction they call “Reality Christmas Music.” Then, we continue our own holiday tradition with Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Just in time for your last minute gift shopping needs, he’ll share a list of his favorite music of 2014.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014Dan O’Keefe was a writer on Seinfeld when he decided to incorporate some unusual family traditions into the show’s plot-less plot. And that’s how America found out about Festivus.  O’Keefe reminisces about his unique upbringing and the vision of his father.  Then Bob speaks with the public face of this holiday “for the rest of us.” Jerry Stiller played Frank Costanza on Seinfeld and is half of the legendary comedy duo Stiller & Meara. For this conversation, he’s joined by his wife, Anne Meara…a true Festivus miracle.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014: Bob talks with author and religious scholar Bruce Feiler about the roots of religion. He’s written several books on the intersection of Islam, Christianity and Judaism — including Abraham, Walking the Bible and Where God Was Born.  Then, Bob talks with former nun and comparative religious scholar Karen Armstrong. She’s the author of The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, which traces the kernels of today’s religious thought back 2,900 years.

Thursday, December 25, 2014: Merry Christmas and happy birthday to Jimmy Buffett.  He’s like a pied piper, but with a guitar, leading his Coral Reefer Band and his legion of fans known as Parrot Heads. Bob visits with Buffett in the state of mind called Margaritaville to talk about the song, the commercial enterprises, the Sirius XM satellite radio channel and about his connection to New Orleans. We caught up with Buffett during one of our two trips to Jazz Fest and this hour-long conversation is our present to you.

Friday, December 26, 2014: Today we focus on the ocean.  First Bob talks with oceanographer Sylvia Earle and with Robert Nixon, the co-director of their documentary Mission Blue.  Earle has spent thousands of hours underwater studying our planet’s marine life and is alarmed by what she’s seen.  After witnessing the glaring effects of pollution, overfishing and climate change, Earle says we must get past the mindset that our oceans are too big to fail. Then we go from someone who loves the ocean to someone who must despise it. Today is the 10 year anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami which killed nearly a quarter million people, including my next guest’s parents, husband and two children.  In 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family were vacationing in Sri Lanka when the tsunami swept them all away, leaving only her alive.  Deraniyagala’s powerful book is titled Wave, and was an Amazon and New York Times Best Book of 2013. 

 

Friday
Dec192014

Bob Edwards Weekend (December 20-21, 2014)

HOUR ONE:

First, we’ll remember longtime CBS News reporter Richard Hottelet.  For years, he was known as the last living “Murrow Boy” – one of the talented group of young men hired by Edward R. Murrow to help report the news of World War Two in Europe. Hottelet died on Wednesday at the age of 97.  He filed his first CBS Radio report during D-Day and was also the only American journalist captured by the Nazis and held prisoner.

Bob talks with Nando Parrado about his book Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home.  Parrado was one of the Uruguayan rugby players whose airplane crashed in the Andes Mountains in 1972. Those who didn’t die in the crash or the subsequent avalanches or the brutal weather conditions did their best to stay warm and eventually resorted to cannibalism to survive until they were rescued on December 23rd .

 

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks ith Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the husband and wife musicians from the band Over the Rhine. In a brand new interview, they’ll discuss the holiday-inspired music from their latest CD titled Blood Oranges in the Snow. It’s a concoction they call “Reality Christmas Music.”

Then, we continue our own holiday tradition with Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Just in time for your last minute gift shopping needs, he’ll share a list of his favorite music of 2014.

 

Wednesday
Dec172014

Bob On The Border

(all black and white photos by Michael Hyatt)

NOTE: This blog entry originally appeared in August of 2008.

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

Way back in January of 2006, Bob, our technical producer/recording engineer Geoffrey Redick and myself traveled to the southwest to gather tape for a documentary on illegal immigration and border issues.  On consecutive days, we rode first with Border Patrol Agent Gustavo Soto from Tucson down to Nogales, Arizona. The second day, we rode with Michael Hyatt and Dr. Bob Cairns, two Samaritan volunteers, towards Arivaca, Arizona.  We were able to witness an arrest each day, first from the Border Patrol’s perspective in downtown Nogales and then in the middle of the desert along with the volunteers who patrol the border area looking for illegal immigrants in need of water or in medical distress.  Bob looks on as Border Patrol agents process an illegal immigrant (photo by Chad Campbell)Even in early January, it warms up nicely in the afternoon and the terrain in the Sonoran Desert is extremely rugged.  No matter what time of year, it’s always a dangerous four-or-five day crossing on foot.  These ride alongs originally aired on XM back in March of 2006 and kick off a week of the documentaries we’ve produced since the show started on October 4, 2004.  This material has never been on our public radio weekend show.  My biggest regret on the trip was forgetting my camera for the first ride along with Border Patrol agent Soto to the border itself in Nogales, Arizona.  Directly across the 20-foot metal wall was the much larger Nogales, Mexico.  The sight of this wall essentially bisecting a city was very striking.  (Click here for some descriptions and photos.)  And then to drive a quarter of a mile along the border, away from downtown, to see the solid metal wall turn into chain link fencing, then to a few strands of barbed wire is something else entirely.  I did however take plenty of pictures the next day with Samaritan volunteers Dr. Bob Cairns and Michael Hyatt.  Hyatt is a volunteer driver and also a documentary photographer.  In the photo below, he captured this moment of Bob, me, Geoffrey and Dr. Cairns at a Humane Borders water station.  Hyatt helps maintain this and other sites that include three 55-gallon drums of water, marked by a bright blue flag atop a forty-foot pole (which appears to be coming out the top of my head).

Here’s Michael Hyatt’s photo of the unnamed migrant being taken into custody by the Border Patrol.  Before we arrived, the man suffered a gash on the top of his head.  It’s unclear how he was injured.  One agent said he fell while being chased. The man was examined by Samaritan volunteer Dr. Bob Cairns who suggested a few stitches were needed to close the wound. Pictured below are Bob, Geoffrey, Dr. Cairns, the migrant and a Border Patrol EMT.  The migrant’s 11 other traveling companions would soon join him on the idling Border Patrol bus waiting on the other side of Highway 286.

Michael Hyatt’s photos are featured in a book called “Migrant Artifacts: Magic and Loss in the Sonoran Desert.”  To see more of his photos, click here.

Click here for more amateur photos of our Samaritan ride along.


Click here for an interactive map from the Border Patrol.  We were in the Tucson sector which is the busiest in the country in terms of illegal immigrant apprehensions and drug seizures.  That sector covers 262 linear miles of border between Arizona and Mexico.

 

Wednesday
Dec172014

The Invisible--Children without Homes

That’s the title of a one-hour special running Wednesday, August 13th. It’s a documentary about the 1.3 million homeless children in America. There are many ways to become homeless—-loss of job, a medical emergency, foreclosure, domestic violence, bad luck, bad decisions, bad habits. Most homeless children are the victims of their parents’ circumstances.   Others are runaways, escapees from violence or sexual abuse in the home. Still others are throw-aways, kids who are thrown out of their homes because they’re gay or somehow don’t measure up to parents’ standards. Our program includes may heartbreaking stories and some amazing tales of what children have to do to survive on the street. Fortunately, we also have a couple of success stories—a pair of onetime homeless 12-year-olds who fell about as low as one can go, but who are now thriving as young adults.
 
The Invisible—-Children Without Homes was produced by Ariana Pekary, who worked on it for many, many hours of her personal time late at night and on weekends. I am in her debt—-and you will be too when you hear our program.
 
eviction
 
Evictions in Washington, DC, supervised by United States Marshalls, have a Charles Dickens quality to them.  Landlords give contracts to eviction companies that hire day laborers assembled on a corner just blocks from the U.S. Capitol dome.  Many of those day laborers, who are paid just $5 per eviction, are homeless—-homeless men about to make some other people homeless.   With the marshalls watching, the laborers empty the house or apartment of all possessions and set them down on the curb near the street, where strangers might decide something is worth taking. 
 
-Bob