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Bob Edwards Weekend

December 2008


December 6-7




  • Writer Michael Lewis compiled an anthology of the best contemporary financial articles in the book Panic! He talks with Bob about America's history of financial catastrophes and puts the latest economic crisis in context.

  • Bob talks with historian and business scholar Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money:A Financial History of the World. Ferguson writes about the evolution of credits and debt and the inevitability that every bubble will someday burst.


  • To prepare for his role in The Pianist, Adrien Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 29 pounds. His dedication earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the youngest actor ever to win the award. In Cadillac Records, which chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists, Brody stars as Leonard Chess alongside our other guest – Jeffrey Wright – who plays Muddy Waters.

  • Christopher Plummer is one of our greatest actors. He talks with Bob about his memoir, In Spite of Myself which chronicles Plummer’s more than 50 years of performing on stage, on the movie screen, on live television and on the radio.


December 13-14


  • Bob spends the hour with Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison. It's been twenty-one years since Morrison published the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved, a story about slavery set in 1855. Now Morrison offers a prequel to Beloved with her new book A Mercy which takes place around 1690. Morrison said she wrote the book because she was "wondering what it must have felt like to be a slave before racism."



  • Bob talks with author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. For years Blount has been intrigued with the sounds of certain words and why people use them the way they do. So, he did some research and wrote a book titled Alphabet Juice. Blount says it's not just a list of his pet peeves, the book also points out what a great word peeve is.
  • Three-time Grammy nominee Susan Tedeschi has been doing her best to bring the blues to a wider audience. She talks with Bob about her career and her latest album called Back to the River.


December 20-21




  • For years, Ron Howard was known as Opie from "The Andy Griffith Show" and then as Richie from "Happy Days." Now he's known as one of Hollywood's most renowned filmmakers. Howard has directed and produced more than 20 films and won an Academy Award for 2001'sA Beautiful Mind. His newest project, Frost/Nixon, chronicles the interviews between British television host David Frost, played by Michael Sheen and President Richard Nixon, played by Frank Langella. Bob talks withRon Howard and Peter Morgan, who created the original stage play, and wrote the screenplay for the new film.


  • Bob talks with music reviewer Anthony DeCurtis about the best music of 2008 that we somehow managed to overlook this year. Click here to see that list, whichincludes some up-and-coming artists, as well as established stars like Lucinda Williams and David Byrne.



  • Bob talks with writer Kate DiCamillowho has written four young adult novels. Her works have received some of the genre's most prestigious honors, including the Newberry Award. DiCamillo's third novel, The Tale of Despereaux, is being released as an animated film this weekend.


  • Bob talks with Annie Leibovitz, perhaps the world's most famous photographer. Leibovitz has been the featured portrait photographer for Vanity Fair magazine since 1983, and her images of celebrities and public figures have reached an iconic status. Her latest book, Annie Leibovitz At Work, features some favorite portraits taken throughout the span of her career.



December 27-28, 2008


  • GARY MYERS is a former Navy JAG officer and now an attorney who works to protect the civil rights of US troops and veterans. Bob talks with Myers about his experience working on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder cases and how PTSD affects troops in all of our military branches.


  • The Iranian-born photographer REZA has spent his professional life viewing the beauty of humanity and the horror of war through his camera lens. These days, he takes pictures for National Geographic. A retrospective of Reza's career has recently been published in the form of a stunning new book titled War and Peace.



  • Bob spends the hour with one of public radio's favorite personalities. In 1971, SUSAN STAMBERG was a writer and producer on the original staff of NPR's All Things Considered. A year later, Stamberg started hosting and became the first woman in the US to anchor a nightly news program. Bob talks with Stamberg about her experience as a radio pioneer, what she feels makes a great interview and the true story behind her mother-in-law's Thanksgiving cranberry relish.