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Bob Edwards Weekend

January 2010

 

January 2-3, 2010

HOUR ONE

David Kirby believes it’s time for a reassessment of Little Richard’s career.   In Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Kirby argues that our most popular musical genre began with the song Tutti Frutti.  As a poet, a Florida State University English professor, and the author of 30 books, Kirby can give proper literary attention to Little Richard’s opening salutation: “A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop, a-lop-bam-boom.”

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from John Davis Drummey. He had a long career in advertising and public relations despite being a disabled veteran of World War II. Drummey also was a cartoonist for several publications and wrote “The Observant Bostonian” column for Boston Magazine for many years. 

 

HOUR TWO

 

Historian Susan Reigler talks about one of Kentucky’s most famous exports on location at the Bourbon Bistro in Louisville. Reigler is the author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.

 

Bob talks with sculptor Ed Hamilton in his Louisville studio about his newest projects.

 

Within the art world, American photographer Robert Bergman has long been known for his intimate, often surprising street portraiture.  As interested in his subjects’ psychological state as in their physical look, Bergman’s portraits reveal the strength and even power of ordinary people.  The National Gallery of Art is hosting Bergman’s first major solo exhibition through January 10th.

 

 

January 9-10, 2010 

HOUR ONE

 

Carl Kasell just retired from anchoring NPR newscasts, a job he held for more than 30 years. For nearly 25 of those years, Bob and Carl worked together on NPR’s Morning Edition. We’ll hear them swap stories and revisit highlights from Carl’s long radio career.

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Arthur E. Morgan, a self-taught civil engineer, as well as an educator, a writer of more than 20 books, and a labor arbiter. He served as the first chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and as president of Antioch College in Ohio.

 

HOUR TWO

 

Based on the books by Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford debuted on PBS’s Masterpiece Classic in 2008.  With an ensemble cast that included Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, and Imelda Staunton, Cranford followed the lives of the residents of a fictional English town in the 1840s.  Now the cast is back in Return to Cranford, debuting on PBS this weekend.  Bob talks with producer and Cranford miniseries creator Sue Birtwistle.

 

Guitarist and singer Chuck Prophet, discusses recording his latest CD in Mexico City — during the height of the Swine Flu hysteria. The record is called Let Freedom Ring and Prophet will also perform a few tracks in our studio.

 

January 16-17, 2010

HOUR ONE


Close to a million people are expected to attend the North American International Auto Show which just opened in Detroit. In addition to the more than 700 new models on display, attendees will see an industry transformed. Since last year’s show, General Motors and Chrysler have gone in and out of bankruptcy; Chrysler is now run by Fiat; and Toyota announced its first loss in almost 60 years.Paul Ingrassia spent 31 years with The Wall Street Journal, eight of those as the Detroit Bureau Chief. He won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of GM and has written a number of books about the auto industry. His newest is called  Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster

 

According to anthropologist Catherine Lutz, Americans spend an average of 18 and a half hours a week in their cars. Lutz is the author of  Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile & Its Effect on Our Lives.  The book pairs statistics with stories to explore what Americans’ love affair with the car gets us and what it costs us. 

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of actress Phyllis Kirk.  She starred with Vincent Price in the horror film House of Wax, and with Peter Lawford in The Thin Man television series. She later worked in public relations at CBS. Throughout her career, Kirk was active in various social and civil liberties causes.   

 

HOUR TWO 

 

Pop artist James Rosenquist arrived in New York City as a young art student of great promise in 1955.  Over his 50 year career, Rosenquist surpassed his early expectations to become one of the most important pop artists of his generation.  Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art is his own account of the highs and lows of his remarkable career.

 

Hermain Khan is a first generation Pakistani-American and Ana Cisneros is an Ecuadorian-American. When they were 17-year-old high school students, Khan and Cisneros competed in the nation’s oldest, most prestigious science competition - The Intel Science Talent Search. Now they’re featured in a new documentary called Whiz Kids directed by Tom Shepard. The film is a coming-of-age story framed by the competition.

 

January 23-24, 2010

HOUR ONE

 

The widespread tragedy in Haiti has as much to do with severe poverty and a dysfunctional government as it does with the recent earthquake.  The country has a volatile history, especially when compared to its neighbors like the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, yet is stable financially and politically. Mark Schneider is a Senior Vice President and Special Adviser on Latin America at the International Crisis Group. He describes the people, government and culture of Haiti and why the quake affected so many people so drastically.

 

In 2008 Georges Anglade founded the Haitian chapter of PEN, the international organization that seeks freedom for writers.  In a country where more than half the population is illiterate and corruption a historical norm, Anglade had taken on a challenging but important role. Unfortunately, he and his wife were killed in the recent earthquake. John Ralston Saul is the president of International PEN.  He talks with Bob about his friend and colleague – and what Anglade’s death means for Haiti.

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Pearl S. Buck.  She won the 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature for her writings including The Good Earth. Born in West Virginia to missionary parents, Buck lived in China for 40 years. She wrote more than 100 works and advocated for adoption of homeless Asian-American children.

 

 

HOUR TWO

 

Bob spends the hour with cultural reporter Peter Ames Carlin.  A few years ago, Carlin wrote an extensive biography of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Bob had Carlin on the program for an interview packed with great stories set to a great soundtrack. Now Carlin has turned his attention to Paul McCartney, whom he argues was always the Beatles’ musical director – even teaching Lennon how to play guitar chords and tune his instrument properly. Paul McCartney: A Life is based on years of research and presents a textured portrait of one of music’s living icons.

 

January 30-31, 2010

HOUR ONE

Social thinker and author Jeremy Rifkin’s book The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis looks at emerging scientific studies that show humans are not naturally aggressive and self-interested, but fundamentally empathetic.  Rifkin’s book is a new interpretation of the history of civilization, focusing on the development of human empathy through the present time. 

Folklorists Nancy Groce and Steve Winick from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress are back to share songs and audio relating to the theme “Sickness & Health.”

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi.  He was born in Cairo, studied medicine in London, and returned to Egypt to research bacteriology and teach. Also an accomplished artist, Shadi published several collections of poetry, wrote scripts for operas and painted. He immigrated to the United States in 1946.

 

HOUR TWO

Barack Obama made history by being the first African American elected to the nation’s highest post – a feat no woman has yet accomplished.  Journalist Anne Kornblut covered the last Presidential election for the Washington Post and she discusses the gender issue in Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win

Bob talks with former Vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro about the advances women have made and the obstacles that still remain. 

Bob spends the rest of the hour with Wall Street Journal reporter Susan Davis and women’s studies professor Bonnie Morris who share their observations on the role of women in politics.