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Bob Edwards Weekend

August 2008

August 2-3


Bob talks with sports columnist King Kaufman about the baseball season and previews the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Bob talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning editor for the Washington Post and best-selling author David Maraniss about his latest book "Rome 1960." Cassius Clay, Rafer Johnson and Wilma Rudolph were some of the most prominent American athletes competing then – and their performances helped change perceptions of racial and gender equality in the US. To tell this story, Maraniss combined his three favorite subjects -- history, politics and sports.


After 23 years with the British Security Service Dame Stella Rimington was named first female director of Britain's MI5 in 1992. Now retired, Rimington pulls from her experiences to write…spy novels. She talks with Bob about her latest book titled "Illegal Action."

Bruce Hornsby has sold more than 11 million records, drawing from a wide-range of American musical traditions. He was schooled in bluegrass, folk, rock, pop, country, blues and jazz, although the "adult-contemporary" label has plagued him ever since his hit, “The Way It Is,” became the most-played song on American radio in 1987. This year, Hornsby created the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program at his Alma Mater, the University of Miami. Last year he released a bluegrass CD with Ricky Skaggs and an album with his jazz trio.

August 9-10


In 1974, walking on a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center gave Philippe Petit the credit for the “artistic crime of the century.” Bob talks with Petit and James Marsh, director of the documentary “Man on Wire” which details the famous stunt.

Bob talks to photographer Vivian Cherry, who started shooting pictures of her native New York City as a young woman in the 1940s. Although she followed various career paths, Cherry continued to take pictures of the city that never sleeps. Now 90 years old, many of Cherry's photographs are published for the first time in “Helluva Town: New York City in the 1940s and '50s.”


Bob talks with Linda Lotridge Levin, author of “The Making of FDR: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America's First Modern Press Secretary.” Early was Roosevelt's press secretary for 12 years and was responsible for helping shape FDR's public image and for getting the president's message out to the press.

Roger Mudd covered the Congress for CBS News in the glory days of network TV. His anchorman, Walter Cronkite, was partial to Washington stories, so the CBS bureau in the nation’s capital was The Place to Be, and that’s the title of Mudd’s memoir. Bob talks with Roger Mudd about the news business, Washington and the glory days of CBS News.

August 16-17


Bob speaks with Border Patrol agent Gustavo Soto who drives us down to the border wall at Nogales, Arizona. We witness three illegal immigrants being apprehended after trying to sneak into the United States through a drainage tunnel.

We join Samaritan volunteers Michael Hyatt and Dr. Bob Cairns , as they drive south from Tucson, 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 which he received while running from Border Patrol agents.

Read more about these interviews.


Bob talks to folklorist, author and investigative historian Stetson Kennedy. In the 1940s, Kennedy infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, passing on information about the group to the writers of the Superman radio program. The result was a four episode series in which Superman took on the Klan. Details of actual Klan rituals, code words and secret handshakes were written into the Superman scripts. Soon the Klan's mystique was trivialized and membership plummeted. Kennedy went on to write a number of books dealing with human rights.

August 23-24


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.


George Balanchine, Greta Garbo, Billy Wilder and countless others were all part of a wave of European exiles fleeing their country for the United States. Cultural historian Joseph Horowitz examines their effect on American culture, and how their presence encouraged artistic exchange between countries. His book is Artists in Exile: How Refugees from Twentieth-Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts.



Bob talks to nutrition writer Michael Pollan about his book: In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Pollan is the author of New York Times bestsellers The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire.

Peter Chapman recounts the rise and fall of one of the most controversial global corporations ever in his new book Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World.

August 30-31


When he began poking around America's workplaces as the labor correspondent for the New York Times, Steven Greenhouse says he was taken aback by what he found --- "squalid treatment, humbling indignities, relentless penny pinching." Greenhouse examines the decline in the status and treatment of American workers in his book, The Big Squeeze.

Bob talks to journalist Philip Dine about what happened to American organized labor and what can be done to restore its role as the defender of middle-class values and economic well being. Dine's book is State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence.


Peter, Paul & Mary sounded better than Peter, Noel & Mary. But Noel or Paul, it's the same guy. Noel Paul Stookey talks about being in the middle of the 60’s folk music movement and brings along recordings of the ten finalists from last June’s MUSIC TO LIFE 2008 songwriting contest.

Read more about Noel Paul Stookey here.