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Bob Edwards Weekend

February 2008

February 2-3, 2008


  • Russell Banks is one of today’s most critically-acclaimed and popular writers. Banks is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and his novels The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction have been adapted as movies. His latest novel is called The Reserve.
  • Bob talks with sports analyst King Kaufman about the big game this weekend. Then commentator Laura Boswell offers a different perspective on Superbowl 42.


  • Writer Thomas McGuane has enjoyed a prolific literary career. His work includes nine novels, short fiction and screenplays, as well as three collections of essays devoted to his life out West.
  • Bob talks with Grammy winner k.d lang about her new album “Watershed.” It’s Lang’s first newly written material since 2000 and the first self-produced CD of her 25-year career.


February 9-10, 2008 


  • During the late 1990s, Russian "diplomat" Sergei Tretyako was in fact a Russian spy in New York City for the post-Cold War successor of the KGB. But unknown to his superiors, Tretyakov also worked for US intelligence as a double agent. Bob talks with Tretyakov and with writer Pete Earley about his new book titled Comrade J.
  • Bob talks to Ben Eldridge and members of Seldom Scene about their urban approach to bluegrass and what it means to be working musicians. Their latest CD - “Scenchronized” – has been nominated for a Grammy this year.


  • Bob talks with author Nancy Kriplen about her new book, The Eccentric Billionaire . For her biography of John D. MacArthur, Kriplen interviewed his relatives and former associates -- and used recently found recorded interviews of the reluctant philanthropist. MacArthur's money is behind the "genius awards" and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny has won a stunning 17 Grammys -- in nine different categories. He sits down with Bob to recount his thirty-year career and to discuss his latest CD -- Day Trip . All ten tracks are Metheny's original compositions and were recorded in a single day between tour stops.


February 16-17, 2008


  • Bob talks with writer Ned Sublette about The World That Made New Orleans. The book chronicles the people who shaped the Crescent City and how it has evolved since its colonial beginnings .
  • One hundred years ago this weekend, legendary sportscaster Red Barber was born. To mark the occasion, Bob revisits their conversations and highlights the lessons he learned about broadcasting and about life from “the old redhead.”


  • When an Egyptian band arrives in Israel to play at the opening of an Arab cultural center, the musicians know the event could determine their musical future. Bob discusses the larger themes of the movie with writer and director Eran Kolirin. The Band's Visit is now playing in New York and Los Angeles.
  • We mark the passing of California Representative Tom Lantos with a portion of his 2005 conversation with Bob. Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor ever elected to Congress, died on Monday at the age of 80.


February 23-24, 2008


  • Pete Seeger was banned from American commercial television for more than 17 years, after topping the pop charts and being blacklisted. Seeger wrote or co-wrote many of our most iconic folk songs. Now almost 90, Seeger is still performing and still writing. He's publishing a new songbook this year and the PBS program American Masters pays tribute on February 27th with Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.


  • Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan previews the 2008 Academy Awards. He tells Bob which actors, actresses, directors and movies should expect to bring home Oscars this year.
  • Bob talks with composer James Newton Howard about his career and about his Oscar-nominated score for “Michael Clayton.”