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Bob Edwards Weekend

June 2010

 

 

 

June 12-13, 2010

HOUR ONE

 

Mark Frauenfelder is co-founder of one of the most popular blogs in the world boingboing.net and Editor in Chief of Make magazine. He talks with Bob about the new do-it-yourself movement and its promise to reinvigorate traditional American values like resourcefulness, creativity and thrift.  He also has some good ideas about how to have fun making cool stuff and reducing the amount of disposable items in our lives. Frauenfelder’s latest book is titled Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World.

 

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Niven Busch.  He was an American novelist and screenwriter of such works as the acclaimed film The Postman Always Rings Twice.  His novels include Duel in the Sun, The Hat Merchant, and California Street. At the age of 85, Busch made his acting debut with a small part in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

 

HOUR TWO

 

We continue our series of music interviews recorded at this year’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, this week with Stanton Moore. He’s the drummer for local funk band Galactic, leads his own jazz trio and plays with lots of other bands and musicians - including our next guest - Troy Andrews who is better known as Trombone Shorty. His latest CD is called Backatown - and Moore has several new projects out now, including his own CD, DVD and book all titled Groove Alchemy.

 

June 19-20, 2010

 

HOUR ONE

For his latest film, actor John C. Reilly stars in Cyrus, a dark comedy co-starring Maria Tomei, Catherine Keener and Jonah Hill. Reilly sits down with Bob to discuss the movie and his career which includes roles in serious films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia – silly ones like Walk Hard and Talladega Nights – and an Oscar nomination for the musical Chicago.

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Arnold J. Toynbee. He was the author of the monumental A Study of History, a 12-volume analysis of world civilization. Toynbee was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences at the end of World Wars I and II. He also served as director of studies at the Royal Institute for International Affairs for several decades.

 

HOUR TWO

We continue our series of music interviews recorded at this year’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, this week with two Swedish musical imports. Anders Osborne is a roots rocker just cleaning up his addiction as his adopted city gets back on track after Hurricane Katrina. Osborne’s latest CD is called American Patchwork. Then Bob talks with Theresa Andersson and we get a demonstration of her unusual performance technique. On Andersson’s latest release, a DVD titled “Live at Le Petit,” you can see for yourself as she records and loops her solo singing and multi-instrumental playing to become a one-woman-band.

 

June 26-27, 2010

HOUR ONE

What is possible now that leisure and entertainment aren’t goods that we sit back and consume but tools that we can use to create, collaborate and explore?  Bob talks with consultant, teacher and writer Clay Shirky about the social and economic effects of our new era of creativity and generosity which he lays out in his latest book, Cognitive Surplus

 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Verona Wylie Slater.  She was a housewife and mother to three children in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of famed New York minister Edmund Melville Wylie, and the sister of writers Philip and Max Wylie.

 

HOUR TWO

We continue our series of music interviews recorded at this year’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, this week with musician, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint. Toussaint started in the studio, writing dozens of hit songs and performing as a session player. Over five decades in the music business, he’s built a reputation as an eager collaborator, working with everyone from Irma Thomas to Elvis Costello to Trombone Shorty. Toussaint says that in the years after Hurricane Katrina, he’s toured and played live more than ever before. He talks with Bob about his early days in the business and the future of music in New Orleans.