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Bob Edwards Weekend - June 2013

June 1-2

HOUR ONE:

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

Bob talks with prolific documentarian Alex Gibney about his latest film. We Steal Secrets is a study of transparency and privacy in the digital information age.  Gibney focuses the story on Julian Assange, the controversial founder of the website Wiki Leaks and on the once anonymous source behind the largest security breach in US history.  That source turned out to be a young Army Intelligence analyst named Bradley Manning. He was arrested in 2010 and his court martial is set to begin on Monday. Both Manning and Assange have been lauded as heroes of free speech…they’ve also been called a traitor and a terrorist.

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

HOUR TWO:

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinksy’s modernist classic The Rite of Spring,Sirius XM’s classical music host Martin Goldsmith walks Bob through what happened that fateful night and why 100 years later, this piece still packs an impressive musical punch.

Bob talks with guitarist Ben Harper and harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite about their new CD titled Get Up! The two musicians and occasional collaborators have wanted to record a full album together for over a decade and finally found the time after first clicking musically at a 1997 recording session with John Lee Hooker.

 

June 8-9

HOUR ONE:

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

Jim Wallis is the best-selling author and evangelical preacher who founded Sojourners, a nationwide network of progressive Christians working for justice and peace.  His latest book is On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good.

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

HOUR TWO:

Award-winning reporter Jeremy Scahill joins Bob to discuss Dirty Wars, his most recent book and documentary.  Since 9/11, the US has fundamentally changed the rules of engagement.  Instead of making a formal declaration of war on a given country, now we use drone strikes, night raids, and government–condoned torture.  Scahill explains how the “ghost militias” began under President Bush and have expanded under President Obama.

Deepak Chopra and his brother Sanjiv have co-written a memoir called Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream. The brothers’ lives took different paths after they left for the United States in the 1970s to study medicine. Deepak has been instrumental in bringing Indian spirituality to the West, while Sanjiv has focused on Western medicine and is a professor at Harvard Medical School.

 

June 15-16

 HOUR ONE:

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

Linguist and senior writer for the New York TimesMargalit Fox’s new book The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells the fascinating tale of Linear B, a previously-unknown script discovered at the turn-of-the 19th century in the ruins of Knossos.   The clay tablets date from 1400 BC, the Bronze Age in Greece.

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

HOUR TWO:

Saul Bellow was a self-taught writer.  His prose remade American fiction in his own image and created many literary “sons” who were influenced by him. Now Bellow’s oldest biological son, Greg, has written a memoir titled, Saul Bellow’s Heart, which seeks to enlighten the world about his father’s inner life.  Bob talks with Greg Bellow about family stories, literary legacies and the man he loved and still misses today.

 

June 22-23

 
HOUR ONE:
 
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for The Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
 
Bob talks with Laurence Leamer, whose book tells the story of two lawyers’ attempt to hold Don Blankenship, the most powerful coal baron in American history, accountable for the death and destruction he has caused.  Blankenship was head of Massey Energy, a company that has provided nearly half of America’s electric power, since the early 1990s.  Leamer’s book is titled The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption.
 
Walter Cronkite IV, grandson of the late CBS newsman, and historian Maurice Isserman have put together a new book.  It’s a collection of letters that Cronkite sent his wife Betsy during their three year separation while he worked abroad as a reporter during World War II.  The book is titled Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home.
 
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe
 
HOUR TWO:

Nature photographer Bryant Austin spends months each year photographing groups of whales off Tonga, Dominica, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  Floating in the water for hours, Austin is the only photographer to create high-resolution, life-size photographs of humpback, sperm, and minke whales.  His latest work is collected in the new book Beautiful Whale
 
Aoife O’Donovan is lead singer for the progressive bluegrass band, ‘Crooked Still,’ and the “contemporary folk noir trio,” ‘Sometymes Why.’  She was also guest vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions. O’Donovan’s latest solo album is titled Fossils, and she joins Bob in studio to perform and talk about her music.
 
 

June 29-30

 
HOUR ONE:
 

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

After a string of well-received roles in the 1960s, English actor Terence Stamp took a 9 year acting hiatus, returning to films as the villainous General Zod in the first two Superman films.  Since then, Stamp has been a consistent presence on the big screen.  His most recent film, Unfinished Song, is about a local curmudgeon who is forced to deal with life following the death of his vivacious wife, played by Vanessa Redgrave.

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

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks with legendary soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples about her incredible career with “Pops” and The Staple Singers and about her latest album. One True Vine was produced by Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco and recorded at the band’s studio in Chicago.  Staples says she hopes to make many more albums with Tweedy in the control room and in the studio with her.