Sirius XM Insight

XM 121/Sirius 205

M-F 6 AM (ET)

M-F 7 AM

M-F 8 AM

Bob Elsewhere

Subscribe to me on YouTube

Subscribe To Our Blog

Bob Edwards Weekend

July 2009

Click here for a free podcast of the shows described below.


July 4-5, 2009



Writer Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest novel, Into The Beautiful North, tells the epic journey of 19 year old Nayeli, as she sets out from her native Mexico to find her own “Magnificent Seven” to save her village from the drug dealers who have taken over the town. Inspired by the 1960 film, Nayeli travels to America in search of protection. Urrea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has won an American Book Award, among many other honors; his previous books include The Hummingbird’s Daughter and The Devil’s Highway.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from director Maximilian Hodder who worked in the movie industries of Eastern Europe before World War Two. Then, while serving in the Polish Army, he was captured by the Soviets but managed to escape and joined the Royal Air Force. Hodder came to the United States in 1949 to work in Hollywood and greatly appreciated the freedoms and the promise of his newly adopted country.



For the past 30 years, travel guru Rick Steves has advocated for thoughtful and informed traveling in his public television series, his radio show, and of course his best selling travel guide books. His new book, Travel As a Political Act, is about why we travel and how being a good traveler creates positive ties with the citizens of other nations.

Peter Carlson isn’t sure which anecdote it was that turned him into a self-described Khrushchev-in-America buff. It could have been the one about the irascible Soviet leader throwing a fit because he wasn’t allowed to go to Disneyland. Or it could have been Khrushchev’s suspicion that Camp David was really a leper colony. Or it could have been Khrushchev arguing with Nixon over which kind of animal dung smelled the worst. Carlson includes those stories and many more in K Blows Top, a book about Nikita Khrushchev’s great American road trip of 1959.


July 11-12, 2009



Dodgers’ owner Walter O’Malley was hated in his native New York, loved in Los Angeles and became the most notorious baseball owner in sports history for moving the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers across the country in the late 1958. Michael D’Antonio’s new biography is called Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O’Malley, Baseball’s Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from Jackie Robinson. In 1947, Robinson pioneered the integration of American professional athletics by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. During his 10 seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he played on six World Series teams and was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1949.




Rock journalist and memoirist Jancee Dunn explores the dichotomy of being a grown, successful professional, who, when she visits her parents, immediately reverts back to her teenaged self. Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had To Ask asks if we ever really grow up, and chronicles Dunn’s attempt to come to grips with getting older.

After Melody Gardot was seriously injured in a bike accident at age nineteen, she took up music therapy as a way to rebuild her cognitive skills. Though permanently disabled, her therapy resulted in critical acclaim as a jazz and blues artist. Now on her fourth album, My One and Only Thrill, Gardot describes how she writes and performs despite the physical pain she endures daily.


July 18-19, 2009





A trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council for more than three decades, Robert Redford has dedicated nearly as much of his life to the environment as he has to acting and filmmaking. Redford joins Bob on stage at the Lincoln Center in front of a live audience to talk about his film career and the many NRDC campaigns he has supported in the past – and why that work will still be needed for years to come.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978). She spent many years in Polynesia studying native cultures there. She also worked as an associate curator at the American Museum of Natural History, professor at Columbia University, and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.





New York Times diplomatic correspondent Helene Cooper talks with Bob about her book, The House at Sugar Beach. Cooper was born into a society of wealth and privilege in Liberia, as a descendent of one of the first settlers in the African country. In 1980, her life was forever changed when the Liberian government was overthrown and her family was forced to flee to America. Cooper tells the story of how she reconnected with her Liberian roots years after she left the country. Her book is just coming out in paperback.


The Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings chronicled the 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire, giving only supporting mention of the epic 12-hour, three-night concert show-casing prominent African-American and African musicians of the day. Now, director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, who edited When We Were Kings, has released 35-year old footage of the concert, featuring Celia Cruz, James Brown, BB King, and Bill Withers, among other artists. Soul Power documents the musical performances and the effects of this once in a lifetime event.


July 25-26, 2009



Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met as teenagers in Los Angeles in 1950, forming a songwriting team that churned out hits for early rhythm & blues artists—and later for Elvis Presley, The Drifters, The Coasters, Peggy Lee and many more. Their partnership even extends to a joint autobiography titled, Hound Dog.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from James A. Michener. He wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific, during his naval service in World War II after winning a transfer from a desk job in Washington to the Pacific theater. Michener’s literary career spanned 50 years and 40 books.



Bob talks with environmental scientist James Lovelock about his latest book The Vanishing Face of Gaia. Lovelock argues that it’s already far too late to stop global warming, and that we should be committing our resources to surviving in the new hotter world to come instead of trying to stop it.


For millions of women, the books they read (and re-read) as young girls helped them become the women they are today. Lizzie Skurnick writes the column “Fine Lines” for, and blogs about books on her website Old Hag. Her book Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading explores why the books of so many women’s youth continue to inspire, inform, and mold them well into adulthood.