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Bob Edwards Weekend

August 2010


August 7-8, 2010




Bobby Bare Sr. and his son Bobby Bare Jr. join Bob to discuss a new CD they co-produced which celebrates the songwriting of Shel Silverstein. It’s called Twistable Turnable Man and features contributions from artists such as My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Todd Snider, Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith. The Bares each sing a song as well with Sr. covering “The Living Legend” and Jr. now singing the grown-up lead vocals with his daughter on “Daddy What If.” 


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gedimanabout the essay of Roger Baldwin. Baldwin founded the American Civil Liberties Union, and helped defend John T. Scopes, the Scottsboro Boys, the Ku Klux Klan, and many others. Born into a wealthy Boston family, Baldwin started his career as a social worker in St. Louis.    



Today we begin a new series about coastal Louisiana, examining the special challenges faced by that region, as Mother Nature and man continue to test its resilience. Bob talks with Mark Schleifstein, a reporter for the Times Picayune, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his post-Katrina coverage, and who has been writing about the effects of the oil and gas industry on the Louisiana marshland. Then, Bob talks withShirley Laska, the founder of the Center for Hazards Assessment Response and Technology at the University of New Orleans. She predicted the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina, and her center studies coastal communities, examining the ways people cope with frequent disasters.


August 14-15, 2010



Robert Duvall’s filmography features some of the greatest productions to come out of Hollywood: To Kill A Mockingbird, The Godfather I & II, Apocalypse Now, Lonesome Dove, and Tender Mercies, for which he earned an Oscar.  His latest film is Get Low and in which he stars as the town recluse who stages his own “living funeral.” Bob chats with Duvall about his five decade acting career.


In Animal Kingdom, a 17-year-old must learn to survive the death of his mother without knowing who to trust: the police or his own family of criminals.  The Australian thriller won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance film festival.  Writer/director David Michod and actor Ben Mendelsohn discuss the story, the characters and the ten year process of completing the film.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of English novelist Aldous Huxley.  He was born into a family of scientists and writers and is best known as the author of Brave New World (1932) and Point Counter Point (1928), but Huxley also wrote poetry, essays, screenplays and children’s books. 



We continue our series No Place Like Home with an hour on how hurricanes and oil spills have affected the culture and the seafood industry of coastal Louisiana. Bob talks with Mike Voisin of Motivatit Seafoods in Houma and tours his plant as workers process the much smaller than usual harvest of oysters. Charlie Robin is a fifth generation shrimper in Yscloskey. He’s temporarily traded his shrimp nets for oil boom and is working for BP to skim the oil and save his future. And in Larose, Bob talks with John Serigny who’s been hunting ducks in the area for almost five decades. But as their wetland habitat disappears, so do the ducks.


August 21-22, 2010



Gene Weingarten is so good at what he does that he’s won a Pulitzer… twice. As a feature writer for the Washington Post, Weingarten muses about whatever strikes his fancy. One of his most well-known pieces was about an experiment he set up with the violin virtuoso, Joshua Bell. Weingarten stationed Bell and his violin outside of a busy subway stop to see if anyone noticed the beautiful music he played. Hardly anyone did.  Weingarten talks with Bob about his favorite pieces from a new collection of his columns titled The Fiddler in the Subway


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gedimanabout the essay of writer and lecturer Ruth Cranston.  She was born in Cincinnati, lived in 18 different countries during her life, including 10 years in Switzerland where she worked for the League of Nations. She wrote World Faith: The Story of the Religions of the United Nations.



This week in our series No Place Like Home, we’ll focus on wildlife. While oil was still gushing out of the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico, and even now that the well is sealed, birds, turtles and many other animals are coated with goopy brown crude. Bob talks with Emily Guidry Schatzel of the National Wildlife Federation about how her group is working alongside government agencies. Bob also talks with state and federal wildlife biologists Todd Baker and Sharon Taylor about the efforts to rescue, clean and relocate animals threatened by the oil spill. And we’ll visit the bird rehabilitation center at Fort Jackson, Louisiana where dozens of brown pelicans have been cleaned and nursed back to health. Many have been relocated to safer areas in other states and dozens more wait in outdoor pens for their new home to be found.


August 28-29, 2010




American artist Chuck Close is a master of highly detailed, larger-than-life portraits that bring out his subjects’ intellectual depth.  Writer and personal friend Christopher Finch’s biography Chuck Close: Life takes readers through Close’s art student days in Seattle to his professional success with critics and the public alike.  In 1988, Close suffered a spinal artery collapse, leaving him wheelchair bound but still painting.  In 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Close with the National Medal of Arts.


Bob talks with Edge of Sports host Dave Zirin about his new book, Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love. Zirin says the people who are supposed to be the stewards of professional sports are instead overly obsessed with squeezing every last dollar from fans – to the point that many fans are now alienated from the teams they grew up loving.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Swedish economist and diplomat Dag Hammarskjold.  He was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 – 1961. He worked to ease tensions between Israel and Arab nations, and to defuse the Suez crisis. Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in Zambia in 1961.





Our series No Place Like Home continues, this hour focusing on the environmental and economic importance of the wetlands of coastal Louisiana. Those swamps and marshes have been receding for decades now and big events like Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill speed their destruction. First Bob talks with Denise Reed on the back porch of her home in Montegut, Louisiana. She’s an expert on the formation and degradation of wetlands. Then we take a boat ride with musician Tab Benoit. He’s from Houma, Louisiana and takes us to see a healthy swamp and then one killed by salt water intrusion. Benoit is the founder of the non-profit organization Voice of the Wetlands.