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Bob Edwards Weekend - February 2014

February 1-2


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

Bob remembers legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94.  Seeger wrote or co-wrote many of our most iconic folk songs which include, “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and popularized the anthem of the civil rights movement, “We Shall Overcome.”  They spoke in 2008 when Seeger was the subject of a documentary titled Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.


New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear’s new book, Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture, tracks the history and impact of America’s extreme eating and foodie culture.  Many in the movement argues that the world would be better off if we started eating bugs for protein, instead of squishing them with our shoes.

Cuban-born world-class percussionist Pedrito Martinez immigrated to the United States and began his breakthrough by winning the 2000 Thelonious Monk Internationa Afro-Latin Jazz Hand Drum Competition.  After performing in groups such as Yerba Buena, his own band Pedrito Martinez Group is gaining worldwide acclaim and touring in support of their self-titled album. The group joins Bob in our studios for an intimate performance chat.


February 8-9

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
In his new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIAJohn Rizzo writes that there was a moment early in the planning stages of the war against terror when he could have single-handedly ended the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.”  But he did not.  Instead, as the CIA’s chief lawyer, he prepared the government’s legal case for their use. And he says now that he’d make the same decision he made then.
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe
In the mid-1950s, the government of Mississippi created the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a secret organization that spied on Civil Rights activists.  Director Dawn Porter’s documentary, Spies of Mississippi, tells its history and airs February 10th on the PBS series Independent Lens.
Back when segregation still ruled the South, a totally integrated music studio in Memphis began making records, and launched the careers of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave and many more. Bob talks with writer Robert Gordon about his book, Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.


February 15-16
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
MIT professor Craig Steven Wilder has documented a shocking history of Ivy League universities.  Not only were they funded by slave-owners and built by slave labor, many actually had slaves working on the campus. Most of the universities have gone to great lengths to cover up this history that is just now being fully realized.  Wilder’s book is titled Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.
When mathematics PhD candidate Anjan Sundaram decided to leave Yale University for the Congo and journalism, it didn’t seem the best career move.  But a freelance gig from the Associated Press gave him a job and the opportunity to immerse himself in this often overlooked society.  Sundaram’s debut book is Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo.

Actress, playwright, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan stars in director Jenee LaMarque’s new film, The Pretty One. Kazan plays identical twins Laurel and Audrey…and after one dies in a car crash and a mix up at the hospital, she plays Laurel PLAYING Audrey.  In pretending to be her more attractive, more popular twin sister, Laurel slowly learns to be herself.  The Pretty One is now in theaters.


February 22-23

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
More than twenty years after his debut novel, The CommitmentsRoddy Doyle returns to the band of working class Irish youths who brought soul music to Dublin in the 1980s.  In The Guts, front man Jimmy Rabbitte is now forty-seven, married with four children, and has bowel cancer.
In 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family—her parents, husband and two sons—were vacationing in Sri Lanka.  A tsunami swept the family away, killing all but Deraniyagala.  Her book, Wave, is now out in paperback, and was an Amazon and New York Times Best Book of 2013. 
Ransom Riggs is a writer and filmmaker whose 2011 book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children landed on the New York Times best-seller list and stayed there for the next 63 weeks.  Inspired by his collection of mysterious 19thcentury photographs – think children levitating — Riggs created a single story out of his eclectic pictures.  The tale continues in his new sequel Hollow City.