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Bob Edwards Weekend

June 2008

June 7-8, 2008

HOUR ONE:

  • Bob spends the hour with Nobel Peace Prize winner, author, activist and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. As a teenager he was separated from his mother and sisters and watched his father die in a concentration camp. Wiesel survived Auschwitz and was a prisoner at Buchenwald when Edward R. Murrow reported on its liberation. Now Wiesel is a professor and the chairman of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

 

HOUR TWO:

  • Bob visits the Virginia estate and theater of New York Philharmonic maestro Lorin Maazel, where young opera and symphony performers were rehearsing and getting ready to perform “The Beggar’s Opera.” Maazel spoke with Bob about his career, his "opera camp" and his orchestra’s historic trip to North Korea.
  • “Bob and Ray” started their legendary radio career together in 1946 at WHDH in Boston and have been admired for their timeless humor and satire ever since. Bob Elliott, the surviving half of the duo, talks about the decades they spent together on the air.

June 14-15, 2008

HOUR ONE:

  • The divisions among Americans run beyond red states and blue states and they can be measured down to the neighborhood. Religion, race, social values, and education -- all of these have an effect on whether you choose to live downtown or in the suburbs, in Dallas or in Portland. Journalist Bill Bishop has spent several years studying the increasing social self-segregation within the United States, and his new book on the subject is The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart.
  • Jewel’s debut album "Pieces of You" sold over 12 million copies. Now she’s just released her first album of new songs in more than three years titled “Perfectly Clear” – and the sound is more country than pop. In the years between albums, Jewel, who was once homeless herself, has been working to raise awareness for the problem of homeless youth in America.

HOUR TWO:

  • On the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Lewis Black exercises his quick wit and ability to highlight inconsistencies in politics and culture. In a new collection of essays, Me of Little Faith, Black has turned his critical eye towards religion. He talks in a way most of the rest of us can't -- about violence committed in the name of God and about his smart rants on Comedy Central.
  • Bob talks to Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Bellows and his fellow writers have traveled the globe to compile a list of the 500 greatest trips the world has to offer. The book is called Journeys of a Lifetime and encompasses every continent and every possible mode of transportation, including the world's top 10 elevator rides.

 

June 21-22, 2008

HOUR ONE:

  • The U.S. national debt is now well above 9 trillion dollars -- more than 30 thousand dollars for every person in the country. As the total debt grows, so do the interest payments. And if Congress and the White House do nothing to reign in spending, those interest payments will someday eat up the entire federal budget. Andrew Yarrow is director of the Washington, D.C. office of the nonpartisan group Public Agenda. He advocates for bipartisan cooperation to pay down the debt. Yarrow's new book is Forgive Us Our Debts: The Intergenerational Dangers of Fiscal Irresponsibility.
  • The Ahn Trio is a group of three Korean-born sisters, classically trained at Julliard. Angella plays violin, Lucia plays piano and Maria plays cello. The Ahn sisters will discuss their career with Bob and play a few songs from their latest CD titled "Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac."

HOUR TWO:

  • Gregory Levey was bored with law school when he applied on a whim for an internship with the Israeli Mission to the United Nations. He was hired instead as head speech writer, and was soon transferred to Jerusalem as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's English speech writer. Levey's memoir Shut Up, I'm Talking charts the diplomacy lessons he learned during his three years working in the Israeli government.
  • Resident entertainment critic David Kipen discusses some new films, including “The Love Guru” and “Get Smart.”

June 28-29, 2008

HOUR ONE

  • Bangladesh is a hot spot -- literally and figuratively. The coastal country is about the size of Iowa -- but is home to 150 million people. Journalist George Black reports on the country squeezed between India and Myanmar and describes what will happen when this poor, Muslim nation loses even more landmass as sea levels rise.
  • Singer-song writer James McMurtry is a self-proclaimed misanthrope who often uses his music to declare his views on the state of the Union. His album Childish Things was named Best Album of 2006 at the American Music Awards, and his most recent release is Just Us Kids.

 

HOUR TWO

  • Bob talks with Salon.com book critic Laura Miller about books for the summer and recommends new books of fiction for your library.
  • Rucker Park in Harlem is known worldwide as the epicenter of street basketball, and it gets a starring role in the new documentary called Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot. Bob talks with director and producer Adam Yauch, who chronicled the first “Elite 24” high school all-star basketball game in 2006. The game featured many of basketball’s brightest young stars such as the now NBA-bound Michael Beasley and Kevin Love. Adam Yauch is best known as a member of the legendary hip hop group the Beastie Boys, but he's no stranger to film...under the alias Nathaniel Hornblower, he directed many of the group’s music videos.