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August 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Paula Coughlin was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy who became a whistleblower in 1992, launching the investigation into what is known as the “Tailhook scandal.”  Now a board member for Protect Our Defenders, she’ll discuss the ongoing problems of sexual assault in the military as an update to the award-winning radio documentary, “An ‘Occupational Hazard’: Rape in the Military.”  Then Bob talks with Dr. Stephen Hanks.  In November 2012, Lt. Col James Wilkerson was convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a civilian contractor, Dr. Hanks’s sister.  Wilkerson was dismissed from the Air Force and sentenced to one year in jail, but his commander overturned the conviction and freed the star pilot, reinstating him back into the Air Force.  Dr. Hanks discusses the case and the ongoing humiliation of his family.  Lastly, after the recent events related to sexual trauma in the military, Bob revisits Ariana and Ben Klay who were officers in the U.S. Marine Corps when Ariana was sexually assaulted in her home by two men, one a fellow Marine officer.  Ariana attempted suicide before both husband and wife resigned from the Marines.  The Klays give their insights following the recent events related to sexual assault in the military.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Next, Jimbo Mathus played mandolin in his family band, did the South Memphis early punk scene, co-founded the Squirrel Nut Zippers, been nominated for two Grammys, worked as a river barge deckhand, and wandered the US alone to get a feel for its music and its people.  All of those experiences have contributed to his new album, White Buffalo.  Mathus says it’s an album that could not have been made anywhere other than the Deep South – it’s steeped in the mythology, culture and language of the Mississippi Delta, where the Mathus family has lived for generations.   Jimbo Mathus and his entire new band, The Tri-State Coalition, join Bob in the performance studio for some songs and conversation. Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Of the more than two dozen assassination attempts on U.S. Presidents, only four have been successful.  In his new book The Fifth Assassin, best-selling author Brad Meltzer has created a serial killer who is methodically trying to recreate the crimes of those four assassins with historical accuracy: John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau, Leon Czolgosz and Lee Harvey Oswald.  Some of the research for the book was done at The Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, which holds many artifacts and oddities related to presidential assassinations including John Wilkes Booth’s spleen, pieces of the skull of Abraham Lincoln and the probe that was used to remove the bullet from Lincoln’s brain.  Meltzer is also the host of the program Decoded on The History Channel.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dan Balz covers all the high-drama details about the 2012 election in his new book, Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013:  In America today, SWAT teams violently break into private homes more than one hundred times a day, and armored vehicles designed for battlefields are common in police department fleets. These are just two examples Huffington Post investigative reporter Radley Balkogives to make his case that this country’s police forces are becoming more and more militarized. His new book is titled Rise of the Warrior Cop.  Then, listening to musician Pokey Lafarge is a little like stepping back in time.  With slicked back hair and a natty pin stripped suit, Lafarge and his band play a blend of old timey blues, ragtime and Americana roots music—all of it written in the last 10 years.  Lafarge and his band mates join Bob in our performance studio to play and discuss their latest album,Pokey Lafarge. 


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ever wonder what it’s like to be queer in the Middle East?  First-time novelist Sara Farizan spent years contemplating her sexuality and Iranian heritage.  Her novel If You Could Be Mine is the finished product.  Then, many of us haphazardly click “yes” to accept new online accounts and other virtual contracts, but unless we’re prompted by Paypal for credit card information, we ignore the fine print. Bob talks to documentarian Cullen Hoback about this and more from his film Terms and Conditions May Apply.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Next, in the turbulent summer of 1964, Martha and the Vandellas sang: “Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?”   Writer Mark Kurlansky looks at the impact of that invitation in his new book Ready for a Brand New Beat: How “Dancing in the Street” Became the Anthem for a Changing America.  Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Orson Welles was one of the 20th century’s greatest film directors, actors, writers, and producers.  He was also one of the last century’s true raconteurs: a storyteller and wit who could expound on almost any subject.  Proof of his ability – and his sharp tongue— is found in the new book My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles.  Film historian Peter Biskind edited this collection of transcripts.   Then, she’s been called “the sexiest violinist since Thomas Jefferson.”Amanda Shires joins Bob to talk about her new album Down with the Doves which includes the reverential and flirty A Song for Leonard Cohen. The song concerns Amanda’s fantasy about “comparing mythologies” with her favorite songwriter over a drink or 12.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ralph Nader joins Bob in studio to talk current events, past events, and his confidently titled new book,Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns.  Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mario Livio reports on colossal mistakes made by great scientists that led to changing our understanding of life and the Universe in his new book, Brilliant Blunders.  Then, Bob talks with Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler about founding the No BS Brass Band.  With four trombones, three trumpets, a sax, a tuba and drums, the band can really make some noise. They’ve been rocking fans in the Richmond, Virginia area for years, now the band is hoping to introduce its sound to the rest of the country. They will start by blowing the windows out of our performance studio.  The No BS Brass Band has two new CDs out now, RVA All Day and Fight Song: A Tribute to Charles Mingus.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Writer Uzodinma Iweala follows up his critically acclaimed novel Beasts of No Nation with a nonfiction account of the AIDS crisis in Nigeria titled Our Kind of People: A Continent’s Challenge, A Country’s Hope.  He interviewed scores of people whose lives have been touched by the disease.  Then, Bob talks with Susan Richards Shreve, the author of fourteen novels.  Her latest is You Are The Love Of My Life and it’s now out in paperback. 


Friday, August 16, 2013

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Next, hidden behind the long shadows of the World Wars, Otto Von Bismarck is a largely unknown figure to most Americans outside the study of history.  David Wetzel illuminates Bismarck’s qualities in his books and lectures, calling him “the very model of diplomacy” and “a statesman of a wholly superior order.” Wetzel is the author of 2003’s A Duel of Giants and the recent follow-up A Duel of Nations, both about the Franco-Prussian war of the early 1870s. Wetzel is a popular lecturer in the history department of UC Berkeley, where his classes are podcast on iTunes University.Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Rita Moreno is one of the few performers to win an Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story (1961); a Tony, in 1975 for The Ritz; a Grammy, as part of The Electric Company Album (1972); and finally, two Emmys: one for her guest appearance on The Muppet Show in 1976 and one for her role in The Rockford Files.  She tells her fascinating life story in her autobiography Rita Moreno: A Memoir.  Then, Bill Roorbach’s latest mystery novel, Life Among Giants, is filled with contemporary cynicism, opulence, and what one critic calls a “Gatsbyesque portrayal of celebrity.” Roorbach’s book out in paperback tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Beloved writer Judy Blume has been the voice of young people’s literature for over 40 years.  The author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, the Fudge books, and many others, Blume can now add screenwriter to her resume.  Based on her 1981 novel, Tiger Eyes follows a young woman forced to cope with the aftermath of her father’s murder.  Tiger Eyes was directed by Blume’s son, Lawrence, and is available on Video on Demand.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
In Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your PlateRose George once again chronicles a little-known world that we’d prefer to know little about. Her last book, The Big Necessity, was an anthropological study of human waste. In this new book, George asks, “Who cares about the men who steered your breakfast cereal through winter storms?”  Then, football is the most popular sport in the United States, from the NFL all the way down to the Pop Warner leagues. In Belle Glade, Florida, high school football is more than a popular pastime; it’s a path to salvation. In the book, Muck CityBryan Mealer tells the history of Belle Glade. It rose from swampland, carried an empire of sugar, collected thousands of migrant laborers from several countries, and now produces a bumper crop of talented football players. Mealer’s book is now available in paperback.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
In 2010, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi put their individual groups on hold to form a family band that would allow them to take the kids on the road.  Trucks was a slide guitar prodigy who began touring with some of blues and rock music’s biggest names when he was just nine-years-old.  Likewise, Tedeschi has been playing in bands since she was 13, but has come a long way since her first all-original group The Smokin’ Section. Derek and Susan take a break from their extensive tour to talk with Bob about family life on the road and their second studio album, Made Up Mind.  Then, we remember Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and longtime host of NPR’s Piano Jazz.  In 2008, Bob visited McPartland in her New York home to reminisce about her life and career. McPartland died Tuesday at age 95.
Friday, August 23, 2013
With Doyle McManus on vacation, we’re visited by political junkie Ken Rudin who reunites with Bob to discuss their favorite political stories of the week. Next, The team behind the cult favorites Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), director Edgar Wright and actors Nick Frost and Simon Pegg return with the last of the so-called “Cornetto Trilogy,” The World’s End, a tale of a bar crawl that unveils an alien invasion.  Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy and Pierce Brosnan co-star. Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week the Bob Edwards Show honors the civil rights era with a week-long series titled “Deeply Rooted: Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement.”  Today, we are joined by Clarence B. Jones, former adviser, speech writer and close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jones is the author of Behind The Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation.  He’s also a Scholar in Residence at the MLK, Jr. Institute at Stanford University.  Bob talks to Jones about his relationship with King and the writing of the famous speech. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Our series “Deeply Rooted: Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement” continues with two men who helped paint the human mosaic of America 50 years ago. Clayborne Carson was a 19 year old college student on August 28, 1963, and Roger Mudd was an anchor for CBS Evening News.  Both men, along with a few hundred thousand others, attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the landmark rally that became one of the central events of the American civil rights movement. Carson is now the founding director of Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute and is featured, along with Mudd, in the PBS documentary The March which airs tonight.  Then, Bob talks to American University Professor Keith Leonard about African American history, “black” identity, and what it means to be “post-racial” fifty years after the civil rights era.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today is part three of our series “Deeply Rooted: Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement”and the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People played a large role that day. Founded in 1909 in response to race riots and lynchings, the NAACP is a long-standing American institution. The association is also known for its work on Brown v. Board of Education; the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, and 1968; integration of the armed forces; and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Jotaka Eaddy, Senior Director for Voting Rights and Senior Adviser to the President and CEO of the NAACP, joins Bob to discuss the organization, its history, and its ongoing efforts to raise American standards of equality. Then, Bob talks to Dr. C.T. Vivian, recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and current president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Before his assassination, King served as president of the SCLC. Bonita Porter was just 11 years old when she attended the March on Washington, and ahead of her This I Believe essay which will air on Friday, Porter shares her recollections of that day fifty years ago. Finally, although he “doesn’t follow politics”,  Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli creates music with society’s ills in mind… even when they’re political. Recently, the head-knockin’ emcee joined the Dream Defenders in Florida to protest its controversial “stand your ground” law. He talks to Bob about black history and the legacy of American civil rights in contemporary urban music. 


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Today, is part four of this week’s series, “Deeply Rooted: Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement.” Bob talks to cultural historian Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and lead curator for its exhibition “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963.”  Then, Bob talks with Hortense Spillers, a professor at Vanderbilt University and co-founder of Feminist Wire magazine. Spillers is the author of one of the most cited essays in African American studies. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book” is her seminal work on racial identity in America.  Bob talks to Dr. Spillers about the civil rights era and its legacy.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, we conclude this week’s series, “Deeply Rooted: Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement” with rapper and urban activist Immortal Technique, also known as Felipe Andres Coronel.  Born in Lima, Peru but raised in Harlem, New York, Immortal Technique’s music chronicles myriad stories of civil unrest throughout the world.  Bob talks to the artist about human rights and contemporary American civil rights.  Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.