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Bob Edwards Weekend - December 2013

November 30-December 1

HOUR ONE:

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

Born Edward Kennedy Ellington in 1899, the young man who would become the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century acquired the name “Duke” because he had a “princely” manner of dress and attitude.   Terry Teachout, drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, traces Ellington’s complex life story and his music in the new biography Duke.

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

HOUR TWO:

Ann Patchett is a best-selling novelist and the owner of an independent book store in Nashville.  All she’s ever wanted to do with her life is get paid to write fiction, but early in her career, that wasn’t a recipe for financial stability.  Instead, she wrote essays. Lots and lots of essays. They appeared in a range of publications from The Atlantic to Outside, and her new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, collects twenty-two of them. Taken together, the essays chronicle her path from a struggling young artist to a confident writer.

 

December 7-8

HOUR ONE:

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

Actor and comedian Steve Coogan is best-known in his native Britain as his alter ego Alan Partridge, a satirical TV and radio presenter.  Coogan switched gears for his latest film, Philomena, a drama co-staring Judi Dench.  Coogan plays a journalist who follows the story of a woman’s search for her long-lost son. 

For the past 31 years, NPR listeners have heard a voice tell them that “support for NPR comes from…”  His time is over, but Frank Tavares joins Bob to discuss the ups and downs of his years behind the mic and how he got the job in the first place.  Tavares is also a professor of communication at Southern Connecticut State University and most recently, the author of a book of short stories, The Man Who Built Boxes and Other Stories.

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

HOUR TWO:

Piper Kerman made a very bad decision in 1993, agreeing to carry some drug money on a flight from Chicago to Brussels for her girlfriend.  Several years later, Kerman was arrested for the crime and served 13 months in federal prison.  The experience spawned a memoir, Orange is the New Black, which is now a hit TV show on Netflix.  The book and series tell the stories of some of the women Kerman met in prison.

Paul Schomer of the blog RadioCrowdFund.com is back to share some of his new music discoveries with us. We’ll get lost in Belgian Fog, hear about a tribute album to Sparklehorse, check in with Brit pop band The Shore, hear from New England’s Clara Berry and Woodlog…and check out a new Chicago band called Slow, Pioneers!

 

December 14-15

HOUR ONE:

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines how a brutal fight for the presidential nomination destroyed a friendship in her book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.
 
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
 
HOUR TWO:
 
Teller is best-known as one half of the famous Vegas magic duo Penn & Teller.  But recently, Teller tried his hand at a different form of illusion: film.  Directing the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, Teller tells the remarkable story of a Texas man who sets out to explain how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer created photo-realistic works over 100 years before the invention of photography.
 
Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are teenaged sisters from Indiana who just released their debut, full length CD. They join Bob in our performance studio to discuss the beginning of their music career and to play a few songs from their self-titled album Lily & Madeleine.

 

December 21-22

HOUR ONE:

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


Bob talks to journalist and author James Bamford about the significance of everything we’ve learned so far from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Actor Oscar Isaac stars as the title character in the new Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.  Set in 1960s Greenwich Village during the folk music boom, the film charts a week-in-the-life of a struggling musician.

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

HOUR TWO:

Buck Owens developed the “Bakersfield Sound” of country music, hosted Hee-Haw and became one of country music’s biggest stars – all while breaking every rule of Nashville.  Bob talks with Grammy-nominated record producer Randy Poe about his new book about Owens titled Buck ‘Em!  Poe drew from nearly a hundred hours of cassette tapes on which Owens recorded his life story in his own words.

 

December 28-29

HOUR ONE:

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

Novelist Amy Tan is well-known for her best-selling book The Joy Luck Club. Now she’s back with The Valley Of Amazement, her first book in eight years and another story inspired by her family. She joins Bob to discuss her books and the time she spent away from writing.

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

HOUR TWO:

We spend the hour highlighting the best cultural offerings of 2013.  First, Salon.com’s senior book critic Laura Miller shares her picks for the best novels and non-fiction books of 2013.

Next, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday joins Bob to talk about the year’s best films.

Then, Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis shares his own personal top ten list of the best CDs released in 2013.