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Bob Edwards Weekend - April 2012

April 7-8


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

John Feinstein has written bestselling books on golf, basketball, football and tennis.  And Feinstein has interviewed some of the most enduring figures in sports – including college basketball coaches Bob Knight, Jim Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski, and Dean Smith - and athletes such as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and John McEnroe.  Feinstein’s latest book is about his own experiences as a sportswriter, it’s called One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Candance Gordon.  Parenthood is a high-stakes game these days. Some parents organize craft parties, sew their children’s clothes, and create cute cookies for the school bake sale. And then there’s the majority of us, like Candance Gordon. She’s not much good at crafts, and cookie cutouts turn into blobs in her oven. But she never misses a school event, and she always brings the juice boxes. Gordon says she used to feel inadequate, but now she accepts her abilities without longing for maternal perfection.


Bob talks with religion scholar Elaine Pagels about her new book, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation.

If you listened to music in the 1960s and 1970s then you heard the Wrecking Crew, the uncredited studio musicians who performed on one hit record after another, for everyone from the Beach Boys to the Byrds to Simon & Garfunkel to the Mamas & the Papas.  Kent Hartman tells the story of these largely unnamed session musicians in his book The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret.


April 14-15


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news, including the suspension of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign and what it might mean for Santorum’s political future.

On April 15th, 1912, the “unsinkable” Titanic, the world’s most luxurious ocean liner, shocked the world by sinking on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.   Historian and best-selling author of Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic Daniel Allen Butler looks back on the 100 year anniversary of this disaster.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Sabrina Dubik.  Children are told not to talk to strangers as a way to keep them safe.  But adults who keep quiet around strangers aren’t safer—they’re more isolated.  Dubik is a college student and a part-time waitress who used to chit chat with customers, but nothing more.  But when an elderly man became a regular, their conversations deepened, and they became friends.  Dubik says the experience taught her that life can be much more enjoyable if she engages in friendly conversations with strangers. Her essay is featured in the book This I Believe: Life Lessons.


Bob speaks with Josh Wheeler, director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, about the “Muzzles,” the organization’s annual censorship awards. Here’s a full description of the 2012 “winners.”

We remember 60 Minutes legend Mike Wallace who died last weekend at the age of 93. We replay a portion of his March 2007 chat with Bob and  here is the New York Times obituary.

Today’s music studios are chock full of high-end audio equipment, and the rooms are specially engineered for the best acoustics. But for nearly 30 years, some of our most iconic recordings came out of a humble military surplus Quonset Hut set up on Nashville’s Music Row.  Bob talks to musician Chuck Mead, who has just released an album of classic country songs that he recorded in the original Quonset Hut, which has been restored as a studio. Also joining us is music journalist and filmmaker Craig Havighurst, who produced a companion documentary about the Quonset Hut and the making of the album. Their new CD/DVD package is called Back at the Quonset Hut.

April 21-22


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

Abrahm Lustgarten is a journalist for ProPublica who focuses on the energy industry.  He joins Bob to discuss the second anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and his new book, Run to Failure: BP and the Making of The Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Kathryn Timpany.  Millions of Americans live in the mountains, drawn to the breathtaking views.  Millions more live on the coast and are drawn to the beach.  Timpany loves the prairies of the Midwest.  She was born and raised on the prairie and lives there still.  She says the landscape has shaped the people in unique ways, and that prairie people understand the kind of balance you need between freedom and responsibility to guarantee that everyone gets the best possible chance in life.


In 1995, celebrated violinist Erica Morini passed away quietly, never knowing that her beloved Stradivarius was mysteriously stolen from her New York City apartment just before she died.  Morini’s relationship with her violin and the man she hired to restore it is dramatized in The Morini Strad, a new play by Peabody-winning playwright Willy Holtzman.  Bob talks with Holtzman and Brian Skarstad, the real-life violin restorer who worked with Morini.   The Morini Strad is at New York City’s Primary Stages through April 28th

In the field of creative thinking, author Jonah Lehrer is a superstar.  His latest book Imagine: How Creativity Works reveals the importance of “embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective” when approaching new tasks and difficult problems. Bob talks to Lehrer about his book and the latest advances in the science of creativity.


April 28-29


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

Actor John Cusack rose to fame after his starring role the 1989 off-beat teen hit film Say Anything.  Since then, Cusack has been a mainstay in American cinema, starting in cult hits like High Fidelity and Being John Malkovich, as well as Hollywood blockbusters like 2012.   In Cusack’s most recent film, the actor plays horror writer Edgar Allen Poe in the period thriller The Raven.

Dan Gediman is the Executive Director of This I Believe, Inc. He discusses the 60 essays in the new collection, This I Believe: On Motherhood.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Annie Azzariti.  She believes that when a loved one dies, their life should not be measured by awards, achievements or by how much money left behind. When Azzariti’s mother died, she and her siblings found an archaeological treasure trove of family mementos.  Hand-made clothes, photographs, telegrams, report cards and years of Mother’s Day jewelry had all been lovingly wrapped and saved.  Azzariti says her mother’s life revolved around her three children, and the keepsakes of their shared lives prove the depth of her love.


Bob talks to Rafe Sagarin, marine ecologist and author of Learning From the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease.

New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary invites us into his home studio again, this time to share music from his latest project, a CD tribute to one of his heroes, Allen Toussaint. Cleary’s album is titled Occapella.