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Bob Edwards Weekend - July 2014

July 5-6


In his latest thriller, The Director, best-selling author and Washington Post columnist David Ignatiustakes readers into the elusive world of the CIA, hackers and contemporary cyber espionage.

In these days of emails, texts and tweets, society as a whole is losing its ability to communicate in more old fashioned ways. Gone are the days of the carefully handwritten and deeply meaningful letter. Shaun Usher is doing his part to preserve the interesting letters that do exist.  He’s the editor of a new book titled Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience.

Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.


Dancer and choreographer Savion Glover made his Broadway debut at the age of 10, and won a Tony for Bring in ‘D Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk when he was 23. Glover’s latest show is “Savion Glover’s OM” at New York City’s Joyce Theater, and he joins Bob to talk about his life and career.

Bob talks with director Steve James about his latest documentary, Life Itself.  It tells the remarkable story of the late, great film critic Roger Ebert, and is based on his 2011 memoir of the same name. Ebert died last April following a decade-long battle with cancer.


July 12-13 


 Ted Olson is an unlikely champion of gay marriage. He built his career as a very conservative jurist, serving two republican presidents and successfully arguing Bush v. Gore before the Supreme Court. But it was also Olson who led the charge to overturn Proposition 8, California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Olson tells the story of his work on the case in a new book titled Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality.

Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.


Director John Carney went from first-time indie filmmaker working on a tiny budget with musicians instead of actors for his film Once, to seeing his film win an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 2008 Oscars.  His new film, Begin Again, stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly as two people brought together through the power of music.  Begin Again is now in theatres.

Musician Glen Philips is best-known as the front man for the popular 1990s alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket.  After a solo career through the 2000s, Philips has reunited with Toad and they are touring this summer.  Philips talks with Bob about his work and the band’s latest album New Constellation.


July 19-20 


Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss some of the books he’s reading this summer.

In the early decades of the 20th century, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin envisioned a Communist Western Europe, turning his attention first to the United Kingdom.  Writer Giles Milton tells the story of the men who stopped him in Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Plot for Global Revolution.

Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.


Bob talks with director Richard Linklater about his latest movie Boyhood which he filmed over 12 years. The only special effect is watching the main character grow up on screen…starting in elementary school and ending on his first day in college.  The story follows family moves, unfortunate stepfathers and broken hearts and stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane as Mason, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his biological parents.

Social worker Dan Cohen’s work inspired the documentary, Alive Inside, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.  It shows the remarkable power of music on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Cohen talks with Bob about the film and the experiences that inspired it.


July 26-27


Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Then, we hear another commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

Director and actor Rob Reiner has been involved in some of the most beloved movies of the 20thcentury.  His credits includes This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, and Sleepless in Seattle.  His new film, And So It Goes, stars Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as next door neighbors who reluctantly look to each other for love late in life. 

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


It’s been more than twenty years since Scott Turow helped invent the legal thriller genre with his number one bestseller, Presumed Innocent.  That book sold more than six million copies and was onThe New York Times bestseller list for 45 weeks.  Turow has remained a practicing lawyer over the years and has been very active in capital punishment reform.  His latest suspense novel, Identical, is now available in paperback. 

Bob sits down with members of the Austin-based classical collective Mother Falcon for a private concert in our performance studio.  They’ll play a few songs from their latest “orchestral rock” album titled You Knew and discuss the unique challenges they face when  touring with more than a dozen members.