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Bob Edwards Weekend

December 2007

December 1-2, 2007


  • Craig Silverman, creator of the blog, has compiled the best and worst mistakes from today's newspapers in his book Regret The Error . He talks with Bob about contemporary society's insatiable appetite for media coverage and why journalistic mistakes are on the rise.
  • Cultural critic Judith Thurman's latest book Cleopatra's Nose is a collection of some of her finest essays culled from her 20 year career at The New Yorker . She talks with Bob about her mostly female, and often imperious subjects, from Madame du Pompador to Jackie Onassis.
  • Bob talks with actress Shirley MacClaine about growing older and her views on what happens after we die. Her new book is Sage-ing While Aging .


  • Bob talks with actress Laura Linney about her career and her latest movie. Linney stars opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman in "The Savages" as siblings from a dysfunctional family.



December 8-9, 2007


  • As a young man Frank Schaeffer inherited his evangelical parents' beliefs and flair for public speaking. Now a best-selling fiction writer, Schaeffer talks to Bob about his memoir titled Crazy for God.
  • Bob talks with director Joe Wright about his latest film "Atonement." It's based on Ian McEwan's Booker prize-winning novel and stars Kiera Knightly and James McAvoy. This is Wright's second film, following the success of his 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice.


  • Bob talks to Ira Flatow , the host of NPR's Talk of the Nation "Science Friday." Flatow's latest book is titled Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature.
  • Bob talks to public radio host Michael Krasny about his latest book. Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life includes some of Krasny's most memorable interviews with eminent writers like Umberto Eco, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Joan Didion.
  • Bob talks with filmmaker Matt Hinton about “Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp.” This is the first feature documentary about America's oldest music which is neither dead nor dying. The program can be seen on public television stations across the country throughout the month of December.



December 15-16, 2007


  • Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of the most powerful women in the world, but most people don’t really know that much about her. Bob talks to New York Times Washington correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller about her new biography titled Condoleezza Rice: An American Life.
  • Bob talks with producer Ted Leonsis about the new documentary Nanking. The film tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who helped save the lives of tens of thousands of Chinese refugees.


  • Bob talks to writer Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington about their article “Into the Valley of Death,” which appears in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. They traveled with an American platoon through one of Afghanistan’s most strategic and deadly mountain passes.
  • Lieutenant Steve Rose is a Georgia police officer who writes informative and entertaining crime reports. For the past six years, Rose has been warning residents of North Fulton County about what could happen to them – both as victims and as criminals. He shares with Bob how to protect your car from break-ins and the easiest way to catch a drunk on the run.
  • Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis joins Bob for our annual look back at the year in music. We'll review the best CDs NOT covered on this program in 2007. (Click here for the list, including mini-essays written by Anthony about how and why he chose each entry.)


December 22-23, 2007


  • Bob talks to Julio Medina, founder of the Exodus Transitional Community. Medina served 12 years in jail for dealing drugs and now his organization helps other ex-convicts looking to return to a legal lifestyle. Medina believes that ex-cons are the best role models for other ex-cons.
  • Bob continues his tour of the Exodus Transitional Community with Alvin Valentine, the outreach coordinator at the center. Valentine was jailed for almost ten years for armed robbery, got his second chance at Exodus and now tries to make a difference in the lives of other ex-convicts.
  • Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby are the filmmakers behind a documentary about the prison industry in their community in Virginia. Up the Ridge deals with the impact of moving inner-city minority offenders to distant rural prisons.


  • Bob talks to author Ann Pancake about her novel Strange as This Weather Has Been. It's based on interviews and actual events from an Appalachian community under siege from mountaintop removal coal mining.
  • Then, our latest visit to the archives of the Library of Congress. This time, folklorists Nancy Groce and Stephen Winick join Bob to talk about “bad weather songs.”


December 29-30, 2007


  • Bob talks with independent filmmaker John Sayles, the director, writer and editor of the new movie Honeydripper. Their conversation covers Sayles’ novels and short stories, the beginnings of his independent film career with early movies like The Brother from Another Planet through hits like Eight Men Out and Sunshine State.
  • 25 years ago, Lewis Hyde wrote The Gift . Bob marks the anniversary with Hyde as they discuss his modern classic, which deals with creativity and the artist in the modern world.


  • Bob talks with one of his musical favorites, Chuck Leavell, the piano player who has graced recordings from The Allman Brothers Band in the '70's to The Rolling Stones of today. Leavell's memoir about his 35 years in the music business is titled Between Rock and a Home Place.