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Bob Edwards Weekend

January 2008

January 5-6, 2008


  • Bob talks with journalist Nina Burleigh about her book “Mirage.” It tells the story of Napoleon’s efforts to democratize Egypt over 200 years ago. In the attempt, he used more than just brute force. Along with soldiers, Napoleon brought with him a small army of French intellectuals and scientists who became Europe’s first Egyptologists.
  • It's been over 60 years since the Hollywood Ten stood before the House Un-American Activities Committee. They refused to name their fellow screenwriters, directors, actors and musicians who were suspected of having communist ties. Bob talks about the resulting blacklist with Victor Navasky author of “Naming Names.”
  • Then Bob speaks with two blacklisted artists: actress Marsha Hunt and screenwriter Walter Bernstein. They describe how their lives and careers were affected by being blacklisted.


  • Bob spends the hour with veteran reporter Daniel Schorr, the last of Edward R. Murrow's legendary CBS team still active in daily journalism. Schorr recounts his 70-year career from newspaper reporter to radio newscaster to television broadcaster – up to his current job as NPR’s senior news analyst. Schorr’s latest book – “Come to Think of It” – is a collection of his years of NPR commentaries.

January 12-13, 2008


  • Bob spent hours interviewing homeless men, women and children, social workers and government officials to learn about the growing problem of homeless families and kids. The resulting documentary, The Invisible – Children without Homes, presents how economics, education, healthcare, and culture impact those lives.



  • For centuries, most of Europe was a battlefield and war was its defining narrative. Today, as one scholar has put it, Europe is about as aggressive as a sloth. In his new book, Where Have All the Soldiers Gone, historian James Sheehan examines the continent's century-long transformation into a peaceful, stable society more focused on 'civilian power' than military might.
  • For eleven years, Geraldine Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and her beat included some of the world’s hotspots -- Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. While reporting in Sarajevo, Brooks heard about a priceless six-hundred-year-old book that is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. The amazing story of the book’s survival inspired Brooks to write her latest novel titled People of the Book.


January 19-20, 2008


  • David Frum is a former speechwriter for President Bush – and deserves some of the credit for the phrase “axis of evil.” Frum is currently a senior policy adviser to Rudy Giuliani and has a new book to help Republicans get back on top. It’s called Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again.
  • Bob talks to David Earnhardt about his new documentary "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections." The film covers the questionable practices and results of the last three national elections by addressing concerns about electronic voting machines, voter intimidation, exit poll discrepancies and media coverage.


  • Bob talks with documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney about his latest project, "Taxi to the Dark Side." The film opens this weekend and examines the Bush administration's policy on torture through the death of a taxi driver in Afghanistan.
  • First time novelist Tahmima Anam tells Bob about her book A Golden Age . Set in East Pakistan in 1971, the novel follows the story of a mother and her children caught up in the Bangladesh Liberation.


January 26-27, 2008


  • Last month, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa began investigating some mega churches and televangelists for a possible violation of their tax-exempt status. Sarah Posner, a journalist for the American Prospect, writes about gospel televangelists’ prosperity and their influence on Republican policy in her new book God's Profits .
  • Bob talks with actress Anamaria Marinca about her staring role in the Romanian film 4 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days. The film follows the story of Marinca's character in 1980's Romania, who helps her friend get an illegal abortion. The film won the Golden Palm at Cannes.
  • Painter and director Julian Schnabel talks to Bob about his latest film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly . It’s based on the memoirs of former Elle magazine editor and won a Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film. This week, Schnabel received an Oscar nomination for best director.


  • Bob talks to Al Young, California’s Poet Laureate and the author of Something About the Blues. Young writes poetry with a blues sensibility and has traveled the world as a cultural ambassador for the US. He shares his thoughts on life, love, poetry and the blues.
  • Bob talks to Jon Scieszka, the recently named first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He's also the author of several bestselling children’s books, including “The Stinky Cheese Man,” which won a Caldecott Honor medal, and he's the founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit literacy organization. Then, writer and illustrator Brian Selznick's Invention of Hugo Cabret is easily the biggest book to ever win a Caldecott award. At over 500 pages, half of them illustrations, Selznick wrote a book about a boy living inside a Paris train station. Bob talks with Selznick about his recent win and about the marriage between illustrations and words.