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August 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

It's a special week of some of Bob's favorite interviews. First, it’s Bob’s visit to Big Sur, California. This isolated and beautiful stretch of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean is visited by millions of people each year, although few are lucky enough to live there. Author Henry Miller was one of the lucky ones, escaping what he called “The Air Conditioned Nightmare.” Bob visits the Henry Miller Memorial Library located in Big Sur to learn more of this iconoclastic writer.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Today we replay Bob's visit to the Santa Fe, New Mexico home of Stewart Udall. Udall was the Interior Secretary under President Kennedy and he continued to serve under President Johnson. Udall was a staunch conservationist and is responsible for helping to preserve much of this country's public lands and national parks.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

We're visiting our archives again and came up with one of Bob's favorites. In this encore, Bob spends the hour with Bruce Dern. Over the last 50 years, Dern has worked with just about every iconic actor and director . . . and he's not afraid to say what he thinks about all of them in his book, "Things I've Said, but Probably Shouldn't Have."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

It's a week of Bob's favorite interviews so we're bringing back his visit with Farmer John Peterson at an organic restaurant in New York City. Farmer John is a quirky character who runs a community supported enterprise dedicated to growing organic foods in Northern Illinois. He's chronicled his life - the discrimination, harassment, and success - in a documentary called "The Real Dirt on Farmer John."

Friday, August 8, 2008

Today we revisit two of Bob's favorite interviews. First, Bob's highly entertaining conversation with musician Paul Thorn. Thorn's first paying gig was as a four-year-old at a tent revival led by his Pentecostal minister father. Now called the "best kept secret in the music business" Thorn's latest CD is called "A Long Way from Tupelo."

Then, Bob chats with the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas about how Hurricane Katrina affected her family, friends and her nightclub.

Monday, August 11, 2008

This week we're featuring some of the documentaries we’ve produced over the past four years. First, we replay our look at illegal immigration. Bob speaks with Border Patrol agent Gustavo Soto who drives us down to the border at Nogales, Arizona where we witness an apprehension. Then, we join Samaritan volunteers Michael Hyatt and Dr. Bob Cairns, as they drive Highway 286 towards Sasabe, keeping an eye out for dehydrated migrants in need of medical attention. Twelve miles from the border, we witness another arrest. One of the dozen migrants appears dazed and has a bloody wound on the top of his head.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Today we replay Bob’s documentary which won the Gold Medal for Environmental Programming at The New York Festival. We addressed the controversial issue of mountaintop removal in the south-central Appalachian Mountains with this documentary called “Exploding Heritage.” The method of extracting coal by blowing the tops off of mountains is devastating plant and animal life and causing trouble for the people who live nearby. Bob explored how mountaintop removal is leveling the oldest mountain range in America -- leaving the landscape, the local economy and the local culture ravaged.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bob Edwards spent hours interviewing homeless men, women and children, social workers and government officials to learn about the growing problem of homeless families and kids. The resulting documentary, “The Invisible – Children without Homes,” presents how economics, education, healthcare, and culture impact those lives. This piece won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best national radio documentary.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

It’s been forty years since many Americans were shipped to and died in the jungles of Vietnam. We take a look at our service men and women with stories of the Navy’s Third Medical Battalion, which served alongside the Third Marine Division. Four decades later, the doctors and medics recount the horror they can never forget, and reflect on the forces that drive men to war in the first place.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Today we revisit Bob’s interview with Father Greg Boyle in East Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Father Boyle has helped thousands of East L.A. gang members trade a life of violent crime for an honest day’s work. Father G-Dog, as he’s been nicknamed by the community, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to find and create jobs for ex-gang members. Homeboy Industries runs five businesses of its own; the newest is Homegirl Cafe.

Monday, August 18, 2008

First, Bob talks with Bev Harris, a grassroots organizer and Hugh Thompson, a computer security expert. Both appeared in the HBO "Hacking Democracy," a documentary on electronic voting machines. Then, veteran journalist Helen Thomas has been part of the White House press corps for decades - covering every president since John F. Kennedy. Bob sits down with Thomas in her Washington office to discuss her long and impressive career. Her latest book called “Watchdogs of Democracy?” is now out in paperback.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Today Bob talks with Matthew Continetti, writer for “The Weekly Standard” about his book, “The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine.” His book shows what happens when you go to Washington to do good politically – but end up staying to do well financially. Then, Bob speaks with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bob speaks with former Washington insider Lee White, who served in both the JFK and the LBJ administrations. White worked as Kennedy’s assistant special counsel, advising the president on a number of domestic issues. After Kennedy's assassination, White stayed on to serve as Lyndon Johnson's special counsel. Then, Bob talks with Rachel Boynton, director of the 2006 documentary "Our Brand is Crisis." It follows political strategist James Carville and his team as they travel to South America to help Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado become President of Bolivia.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

We continue this week of political interviews with Bob’s conversation with America’s first female Secretary of State. Madeleine Albright spends the whole hour offering an assessment of current events, reflecting on her time in office, and discussing her book “The Mighty & The Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs.”

Friday, August 22, 2008

To conclude political week, Bob talks with Michael Beschloss. Dubbed ‘the nation's leading Presidential historian' by Newsweek and 'the handsomest political historian I've ever seen' by Jay Leno, Beschloss joins Bob to talk about his book, “Presidential Courage: Brave New Leaders and How They Changed America.”

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bob talks with filmmaker David Lynch about transcendental meditation and his new memoir, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. Lynch has been a devotee of meditation for 30 years and in 2005 launched the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. He explains how finding inner harmony helped him craft “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart” and “Twin Peaks.” Then, Bob talks with movie director and Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam. As the only American member of the Python troupe, Gilliam is best known for quirky and elaborate animation sequences between live action sketches. His latest film as a director is "Tideland."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bob talks to Daniel Sheehy the Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recording about the music collection of Moses Ash. Moses handed his collection over to the Smithsonian before he died in 1986. The Smithsonian has expanded he legacy by making his entire collection available on line. Then, Bob visits with record collector Joe Bussard at his home in Frederick, Maryland. Bussard is the founder and proprietor of his own label, Fonotone records. He is a musician and a radio host and throughout his life he has tirelessly scoured Appalachia and the south for classic 78 RPM records. Today, he maintains a collection of more than 25,000 of these rare records, primarily of American folk, gospel, and blues from the 1920s and 1930s, which is believed to be the largest such collection in the world.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bob talks with Australian writer Tim Winton about his award-winning collection of connected short stories, The Turning: New Stories. In 1998, Australia declared Winton a "national living treasure” and in 2005 the book won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. Then, Mike Birbiglia is a comedian living in New York City. He has a fear of bears and a habit of sleepwalking, and he's Italian -- the Olive Garden kind. He won a comedy contest during his sophomore year at Georgetown, then waited tables for three years at the Washington, D.C. Improv. Eventually he got on stage there, opening for Dave Chappelle and is now a regular on the late night talks shows and Comedy Central.

Thursday, August 28, 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. Bob talks to Ferrante about his memoir, Unlocked: A Journey from Prison to Proust, and why he changed the names to "protect the innocent and conceal the guilty."

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bob talks with director Kenneth Branagh and actor Michael Caine about their new film “Sleuth.” It’s a remake of the 1972 thriller in which Caine played the younger of the only two characters in the movie opposite Sir Laurence Olivier. Then, Bob is joined by Anthony Hopkins who writes, directs and stars in his film “Slipstream,” billed as a story about the implosion of a man's mind. The movie also stars Christian Slater, John Turturro, Michael Clark Duncan, Camryn Manheim and Jeffrey Tambor.