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The Bob Edwards Show

April 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mohamed Bin Laden went from illiterate Yemeni bricklayer to a private-jet-traveling, multi-millionaire and patriarch of one of the world's most infamous families. Steve Coll won the Pulitzer for Ghost Wars , his book about the origins of Al Qaeda. Now he's written The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century.


Wednesday , April 2, 2008

Why Scott Huler decided to retrace the original journey of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca is a long story. But the result is a book called No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through 'The Odyssey." Then, Bob discusses the origins of some interesting words with regular contributor Michael Quinion of


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fayssoux McLean started out as the pretty voice backing up the early Emmylou Harris. Now she has a new cd with Emmy backing her. “Early” is McLean’s debut album. Then, Peter Cooper is the senior music writer for the Nashville Tennessean , but he’s also worked as a music producer and a session player. “Mission Door” is Peter Cooper’s first solo recording.


Friday, April 4, 2008

To mark the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Bob spoke with several Memphis residents who knew King and were active during the civil rights struggle of the 1960’s. All three guests touch on the city’s sanitation workers’ strike which brought Dr. King to Memphis. Maxine Smith led the city’s chapter of the NAACP from 1962 until 1996. Frank McRae was a local white minister who supported the sanitation workers marching for their rights and dignity. Benjamin Hooks was a close friend of King’s and went on to serve as executive director of the NAACP. Martin Luther King was killed 40 years ago today in Memphis, Tennessee.


Monday, April 7, 2008:


Our usual Monday morning news analyst David Broder is away, so Bob will talk politics with Doyle McManus, Washington Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times. Then, writer Tobias Wolff came to national attention with his1989 memoir This Boy's Life and has gone on to produce volumes of short stories and two novels. His most recent collection, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories combines some of Wolff’s classics along with 10 new tales.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008:

Stephen Root is one of Hollywood's hardest-working character actors. He is called on often by the Coen brothers, and is probably best known for his role in the cult comedy hit Office Space. Root joins George Clooney and Renée Zellweger in "Leatherheads," a comedy about football's early days. Then, music reviewer Anthony DeCurtis talks with Bob about two new CDs. We'll hear songs from Van Morrison's latest called "Keep it Simple" and from Wye Oak's "If Children."


Wednesday, April 9, 2008:

Louis Ferrante fought his way up the mafia ranks, earning himself a spot in the Gambino clan. Then as an inmate in federal prison, he experienced the thrills of a great piece of literature. In his memoir, Unlocked: A Journey from Prison to Proust, Ferrante has changed the names to "protect the innocent and conceal the guilty."


Thursday, April 10, 2008:

First, resident entertainment critic David Kipen discusses some new films, including 'Leatherheads,' 'Flawless,' and 'Smart People.'  Then, Full Frame is recognized as the top documentary film festival in the country, with more than 100 documentaries making their premiere. Managing Director Robyn Smith previews some of the new films including one about a chaplain who has presided over ninety-five executions. 'Body of War' is another film making its debut at Full Frame. It tells the story of 25-year-old Tomas Young, who was shot in Iraq less than a week into his tour of duty. Bob speaks with the co-directors of the film, Ellen Spiro and former TV talk show host Phil Donahue.


Friday, April 11, 2008:

Dissatisfied with the electric guitars sold in the 1930s, a young guitarist invented what he called "The Log," a 4" by 4" with a bridge, pickup and guitar neck.  Now hailed as one of the 20th century's guitar masters and innovators, Les Paul has influenced countless musicians. Bob visits the 90-year-old Paul at the club where he stills plays a weekly gig with the Les Paul Trio.  Then, Bob tours the factory where Les Paul's famous guitars are made, the Gibson guitar factory in Memphis, Tennessee.  Operations manager David Winter shows Bob the painstaking process involved in making of a guitar, from wood choice to technical specifics and ending with an inaugural test run.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Frontline correspondent T.R. Reid travels to the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan to see first-hand what the health care systems of other advanced capitalist democracies are like. "Sick Around the World" airs on PBS Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 9 p.m. EST.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Her first book was Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.  Next she wrote Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Her latest is Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and SexMary Roach discusses scientific research and facts about human reproduction unknown to many. Then, Dame Helen Mirren is known as "the Queen" thanks to her Oscar winning role playing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.  Mirren's new autobiography In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures chronicles her remarkable career on the stage and in film.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A recent study revealed that one in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease.  Among African Americans, it's worse: almost half between the ages of 14 and 19 have one of four common STDs.  Washington, DC also has the highest HIV rate in the nation, where one of every 20 adults is infected.  Dr. Shannon Hader of the DC Health Department's HIV/AIDS Administration discusses the problem and why sex education programs are failing. Then, James Carroll was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969, but left a few years later to become a writer.  His 2001 book Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History followed the violent history of church-sanctioned crimes against Jews, Muslims, and other religions. In a new documentary directed by Oren Jacoby, Carroll examines the consequences of religious influences on US domestic and foreign policy.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Deep in the heart of Dixie, just down the road from William Faulkner’s house, there sits a little independent book store. Square Books has been a fixture in the small college town of Oxford, Mississippi for almost thirty years. Bob talks with Square Books founder Richard Howorth about fending off challenges from the chain retailers, and nurturing the talent of local writers. We’ll also hear about the local political scene from Howorth, who’s serving his second term as mayor of Oxford.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bob talks with sports analyst King Kaufman about baseball and the NBA. Then, Errol Morris calls his new documentary a nonfiction horror movie. His starting point was the infamous photographs from the Abu Ghraib military prison. Many of the 270 photos given to the Army Criminal Investigation Division appear in the film. Morris says that people think they understand the photos, that they are self-explanatory. Standard Operating Procedure explores what the photos are really about. This is Morris's first investigative film since The Thin Blue Line. Some of his other films include The Fog of War, Gates of HeavenFast, Cheap and Out of Control, and Vernon, Florida.

Monday, April 21, 2008:

Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, being the son of a famed historian and presidential speechwriter has its perks.  For Robert Schlesinger, one such perk was having access to all living presidential speechwriters. His new book, White House Ghosts, draws on more than 100 hours of interviews with more than 80 of them, examining how presidential speechwriting has changed over the years.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008:  

Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Eric Dyson evaluates the fate of Black America -- how it has advanced, where it hasn't, and how black leaders can best affect racial justice going forward. Dyson speaks with Bob about the candidacy of Barack Obama, the comments of Bill Cosby and Rev. Jeremiah Wright and about the history and legacy of hip-hop culture and rap music. Dyson’s most recent book is titled April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008:

The Colorado River starts high in the Rocky Mountains and ends seven states later as it trickles into the Gulf of California.  Tim Folger traveled that distance, talking to scientists, landowners, and water authorities about how the river has changed in the past 80 years.  He shares those stories and explains how global warming might be taking effect on cowboys and casinos. Then, Bob visits the Virginia estate and theater of New York Philharmonic maestro Lorin Maazel, where young opera and symphony performers rehearsed and performed Benjamin Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera.  Maazel spoke with Bob about the New York Phil’s recent trip to North Korea.

Thursday, April 24, 2008:

British comedian Eddie Izzard's big break came when his stand-up routine Dressed to Kill aired on HBO; it won him two Emmy awards and an American audience.  This spring, Izzard starts his second season on FX'sThe Riches with actress Minnie Driver and begins a nation-wide stand-up tour.  Then, to draw the impossible: that is what Maryland artist Billy Pappas set out to do in the early '90s. For the next eight years, Pappas worked to capture what is normally unseen in portraiture- each pore, each individual strand of hair. His obsession was matched only by his obsessive pursuit to show his opus to the acclaimed modern artist David Hockney. Julie Checkoway is the director of a film about Pappas. It's called 'Waiting for Hockney.'

Friday, April 25, 2008:  

Broadcasting pioneer Edward R. Murrow was born 100 years ago today.  Bob remembers his journalistic hero with an essay, complete with clips of some of Murrow’s best-known reports. Next, two-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe has starred in Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Shadow of the Vampire, The English Patient, Mississippi Burning, and many, many more.  His most recent film is Anamorph.  He talks about that role, the many roles he's portrayed over his 30 year career, and his experiemental theater company, The Wooster. Then, Bob O'Neil is the Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.  He discusses this year’s winners of the Jefferson Muzzles, “awarded” to people and institutions who have tried to silence free expression. 


April 28 - May 2, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008: Bob talks politics with David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Viktor Bout, one of the world's most notorious arms dealers, was recently captured in a sting operation in Bangkok. Journalists Stephen Braun and Douglas Farah co-wrote a book about him called Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008:

Writer, editor, and political commentator Michael Kinsley is the creator and former editor of the on-line journal Please Don't Remain Calm: Provocations and Commentaries is a collection of 127 of his best political essays. Then, Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis talks with Bob about two new CDs -- Flying Upside Down by Griffin House and the latest album from Langhorne Slim.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008:

A new public radio morning news program is premiering on Monday, April 28th. It's called The Takeaway and hosts John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji join Bob to talk about their plans for the program.  Then, Miss Lillian joined the Peace Corps at the age of 70. She was also a registered nurse, a pecan farmer, fraternity houseparent, and gave birth to an American president. Jimmy Carter shares his favorite memories about his unique mother as well as his opinions on current events.