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Bob Edwards Weekend - April 2013 

April 6-7 


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

New York Times reporter Michael Moss won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2010 investigation into the dangers of contaminated meat.  In his latest book, Moss examines how food companies use science and technology to engineer the perfect combinations of three magic ingredients to make their food taste better – a process which often neglects nutrition.  Moss writes about the food laboratories where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary drinks and the “mouthfeel” of fat.  His book is titled, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe


Usually authors come on our show AFTER they have written and published their books, but Gene Weingarten is here to ask for your help.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Washington Post randomly chose a date from the recent past and is writing about the big and small events that happened on that day.  If you remember something noteworthy from December 28th, 1986, Weingarten wants to hear from you.

Bob visits with MAD magazine’s editor-in-chief John Ficarra to discuss Alfred E. Newman’s place in pop culture, MADs efforts to corrupt the minds of young children for the past six decades, and Ficarra’s nearly 30 years with the magazine.

Today we remember Phil Ramone, the legendary music producer who worked with everyone from Stan Getz to Madonna.  He produced the celebrated Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles duets albums, won over a dozen Grammys, and had over 60 platinum records to his name.  Ramone was one of the most influential talents in modern popular music.  He died last weekend at age 79.


April 13-14


Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
During her time as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton logged nearly a million miles hopscotching across the globe. For about 300,000 of those miles, Kim Ghattas was along for the ride.  She’s a reporter for the BBC and has written an inside account of Clinton’s time as America’s top diplomat titled The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power.
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe

Former wine critic and writer James Conaway’s new novel, Nose, takes readers deep into the cloistered wine world of California’s Napa Valley.  Conaway is the author of The Big Easy, the nonfiction bestseller Napa: The Story of an American Eden and several other books.
Two years ago, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan joined forces to create the band they named The Milk Carton Kids. Their music has been described as “Simon and Garfunkel with a splash of the Everly Brothers.” Pattengale and Ryan talk with Bob about their music, unusual business model (their first two albums are available for free on their web site) and their intriguing name.


April 20-21


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

Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson joins Bob to talk about all-things-science. His book, Space Chronicles is now out in paperback. 

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.


While exploring a remote cave in Eastern Europe in 1993, spelunker Christopher Nicola made an unusual discovery: a chamber that contained clear evidence that 20th-century people had once lived there.  For more than a decade Nicola searched for an explanation and finally found one — 30 members of two families had escaped to the cave at the beginning of World War II, just as Hitler’s army was invading Poland.  A new documentary titled No Place on Earth tells the story of the Stermer and the Wexler families who lived in the cave for 511 days. Bob speaks with filmmaker Janet Tobias and family member Sonya Dodyk who was just a little girl when she lived in the cave with her family.  In 2010, Dodyk and four other survivors returned to the site with their grandchildren.

Bob talks with Joe Boyd about a new CD tribute to the music of Nick Drake. Drake was a British folk musician who died in 1974 after recording only three albums. Boyd was the producer of Drake’s first two records and also produced this new CD of covers titled Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.


April 27-28

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
John Wood left his job as an executive at Microsoft to start Room to Read, a nonprofit that builds libraries and schools in the developing world.  The program is run on a business model as opposed to a traditional not-for-profit, and Wood joins Bob to explain why it works.  Wood is the author of a new book titled, Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy.
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe
Writer Zac Unger moved his wife and their three children to Churchill, Manitoba, “The Polar Bear Capital of the World,” so that he could “be a hero of the environmental movement.”  Unger charts his success and failures in his book Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic’s Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows.  He learned that polar bears might be doing better than we thought.
Writer Meg Wolitzer’s new novel, The Interestings, follows the lives and relationships of six teenagers who met at a summer camp for the arts in 1974.  Wolitzer is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Ten-Year Nap, as well as a number of other novels.