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Bob Edwards Weekend - January 2013

January 5-6


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

For fans of the hit PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey the wait is almost over.   January 6th kicks off the third season of the Emmy award-winning series, letting viewers finally find out what happened to their favorite residents of the English manor house.   Bob talks with actor Jim Carter, who plays Carson, Downton’s ever-steady butler and actor Rob James-Collier, who plays Thomas, the villain viewers love to hate.

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


Lawrence Powell is a professor emeritus in Tulane University’s Department of History – so who better to write about the first 100 years of New Orleans?  Powell’s latest book is titled The Accidental City and it covers the period from the first hunters, trappers and explorers in the region through the end of The War of 1812.

Bob talks with Joey Burns, a founding member of the band Calexico. Burns will discuss the band’s music, branded by some as “desert noir,” Calexico’s homebase of Tucson, Arizona, his relationship with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and why the band decided to write and record its latest CD in New Orleans. Calexico’s seventh studio album is called Algiers.

January 12-13


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

On January 12th, 2010, an earthquake ripped through Haiti’s capital city and killed an estimated 300,000 people, making the world wonder if a country could withstand any more deprivation, of both the natural and manmade kind. Journalist Amy Wilentz was there when hated dictator Baby Doc Duvalier fled the country, and she was there decades later, just after the earthquake hit.  In her new book Farewell Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, Wilentz guides readers though the country’s long and tortured history. She returned from a reporting trip in December, and discusses what day-to-day life is like in Haiti now, three years after the devastation. 

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


Pam Simon was one of the 13 people wounded in a Tucson, Arizona grocery store parking lot when a gunman open fired on a constituent meeting hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Now two years since the rampage that claimed six lives, Simon is working with other survivors of mass shootings in an effort to get meaningful gun control legislation passed.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse, based in Tucson, Arizona, was established after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. The organization’s executive director, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, shares ideas for returning civility to American culture, politics and legislation.

Bob talks with brothers Jonathan and Tad Richards about their new book titled Nick & Jake.  In the epistolary novel, the two famous literary characters, Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes, refugees from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, strike up a correspondence and then friendship. The story charts their romp through 1950s America with a bizarre cast of fictional characters and actual historical figures.


January 19-20


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

George Howe Colt explores the complexity of fraternity in his new book Brothers.  The book is part memoir – Colt grew up in a family of four brothers — and part history of iconic brothers—the Booths, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Thoreaus and the Marx Brothers.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.  This week we hear from Sarah Culp Searles, a librarian in Tennessee, about the unconditional love of the family pet.


Bob talks with artist Lincoln Schatz about his latest contribution to the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery.  It is a multimedia installation called The Network and it weaves together first person video accounts from 89 Washington power brokers, some more famous than others.

Designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City and got his first big break on the TV show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, which earned him three Emmy Awards.   White is the subject of a new documentary titled Beauty is Embarrassing, airing January 21st on the PBS series Independent Lens.


January 26-27


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

In his new book, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelen explains why we all should care about the amount of data growing every year…and learn how to make sense of those numbers and information.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.  This week, Jane Martin writes about witnessing her elderly father fall in love.


From 1942 until 1949, Oak Ridge, Tennessee did not exist on any map.  It was a secret city, built and operated by the United States Army as one of the sites of the Manhattan Project.  And although at its peak 75,000 people lived there, most had no idea what they were working on until the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.   There are still plenty of Manhattan Project alumni living in Oak Ridge, and Bob spoke with several of them during a visit. Colleen Black started working as a leak detector when she was just 18-years-old; Bill Wilcox, now the city’s historian, worked as chemist; andRichard Lord arrived 10 days after graduating with an electrical engineering degree.