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The Bob Edwards Show

April 2007

Monday, April 2, 2007

For the full hour, Bob’s guest is America’s first female Secretary of State. Madeleine Albright offers an assessment of current events, critiques her time in office, and discusses her book The Mighty & The Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Bob talks to Christopher Buckley about his new book, Boomsday. This time, the satirist Tom Wolfe calls "one of the funniest writers in the English language," takes on what he sees as the next great fissure in America, the clash between Baby Boomers and younger Americans stuck paying for their care. Then Bob talks to singer John McEuen (mik-YOO-in) of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and two of his sons, about their music – and about a new documentary produced and directed by McEuen called “The Dillards: A Night in the Ozarks.”

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Bob talks to author Jonathan Lethem ( LEE-thum) about his new novel You Don't Love Me Yet , which finds a West Coast alternative band struggling against their own ineptitude. Then Bob talks to Mac McCaughan (mik-CON) about running a very successful independent record label and heading up two bands that are darlings of college radio. McCaughan is a co-founder of North Carolina’s Merge Records and his two bands are Superchunk and Portastatic.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Andrew Roberts is a conservative historian whose work always raises controversy and his latest book is no different. Roberts is here to talk about A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. Then As Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the TV series M*A*S*H, Mike Farrell played a man with a quiet voice of reason, preferring to watch drama unfold from a distance. In real life, Farrell is an outspoken political activist, advocating against the death penalty and the war in Iraq. His new no-holds-barred memoir is called Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist

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Friday, April 6, 2007

Bob talks with Jill Norgren about her new book, Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President. In 1884, Belva Lockwood was the first woman to run for president.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, the curious history of the polygraph machine. They don't measure whether or not someone is telling the truth as much as they register feelings of guilt or shame. But America - from the CIA to suspicious spouses - became obsessed with the device. Bob talks to Ken Alder (AWL-der) about his book The Lie Detector: The History of an American Obsession.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by recognizing those who in the past year forgot Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech “cannot be limited without being lost.” Bob talks to the Director of the Center, Bob O'Neil , about The Jefferson Muzzles which will be announced today. Then Bob talks to reporter and poet David Tucker. Tucker was part of the news team for the New Jersey Star-Ledger that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, but this year it's his poetry that is being recognized. And finally we hear from cowboy poet Baxter Black.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Starting Sunday, April 15, PBS will air a week-long series of independently-produced documentaries called “America at a Crossroads.” Each episode explores the challenges confronting the world post 9/11, including the war on terrorism; the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; the experience of American troops; the struggle for balance within the Islamic world and Muslim life in America; and perspectives on America’s role globally. Bob talks with the series host, journalist Robert MacNeil.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Peter Mandler thinks his native England is going through an identity crisis. Are they supposed to be the posh, cucumber-sandwich serving, tea-sipping elite? Or have Keith Richards and Sid Vicious ruined all that? Bob talks to Mandler about his latest book, titled The English National Character: The History of an Idea from Edmond Burke to Tony Blair. Then, Bob’s joined by Michael Quinion (KWIN-yun), who seeks the derivations of odd phrases as the editor of the web site

Friday, April 13, 2007

On April 15th, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play Major League Baseball and shattered the sport's color barrier forever. To help mark the 60th anniversary of the momentous event, Bob speaks with Steve Jacobson author of Carrying Jackie's Torch: The Players Who Integrated Baseball -- and America. Then Bob talks to Todd Robinson, the director of Lonely Hearts, a film starring John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Selma Hayek and Laura Dern. It’s based on the true story of Todd Robinson's grandfather, Detective Elmer Robinson, who captured and convicted the "Lonely Hearts" serial killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Bob sits down with veteran broadcaster, Larry King. Larry’s celebrating 50 years in broadcasting. Bob and Larry had a chance to visit together at Larry’s favorite deli in LA. XM will also celebrate this golden milestone from April 16-April 20 with a whole Larry Channel -- XM 130.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

 Writer Allan Gurganus (gur-GAY-nis) welcomes Bob into his North Carolina home for an hour-long visit. Gurganus lives in the novelist-rich town of Hillsborough, North Carolina and the ground floor of his Victorian house serves mostly as a library/art museum. Gurganus is the author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. He is currently working on a novel called The Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

 Bob talks with Chris Eldridge and Jeremy Garrett of the acclaimed bluegrass outfit The Infamous Stringdusters. Their debut album is called “ Fork in the Road .”

Thursday, April 19, 2007 

 Bob speaks with journalist Bill Moyers about the role of the press and the lack of skepticism prior to President Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Bill’s new series, “Bill Moyers Journal,” will debut a special 90-minute documentary called "Buying the War” on April 25th on PBS. The show will continue on Fridays starting April 27th.

Friday, April 20, 2007

 Bob talks to musicians , John Prine and Mac Wiseman . They’ve paired up to record a new collection of country classics called “ Standard Songs for Average People .”