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Bob Edwards Weekend - June 2014

June 7-8


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

Ezekiel Emanuel is a professor of medical ethics and health policy, and was a special adviser to the White House on health-care reform, working directly on the Affordable Care Act.  His new book is Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Inefficient, Error Prone System.

Philippe Petit captured the world’s attention in 1974 when he strung a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers and went for a walk — a quarter of a mile above the ground. The very-illegal stunt was the subject of the 2008 documentary Man on Wire.  Petit still practices the high wire three hours a day, six days a week. But he’s also a busker, juggler, pick pocket artist and author.  His newest book is Creativity: the Perfect Crime.


Bob talks with consumer advocate Ralph Nader about his latest book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.  Always the optimist, Nader believes there is room for agreement from both ends of the political spectrum that could lead to positive changes.

Bob talks to New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast about her new memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?  The drawings in the book detail the struggle faced by Chast and her elderly parents as they navigated through their end of life issues.


June 14-15


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

Bob talks to journalist Daniel Schulman about his new book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty. Charles and David Koch are billionaire businessmen and political activists best known for their financial support of right wing political candidates and causes.


The 2014 World Cup is underway in Brazil, but not everyone is dancing in the streets.  Some Brazilians are protesting.  They say the cost of the World Cup, the most expensive ever at $11 billion and rising, is coming at the expense of new funding for basic necessities like schools, hospitals, and public transport. Thousands of people have also been displaced to make room for construction related to the World Cup and the upcoming Olympics in 2016.  Sports writer andSiriusXM’s Edge of Sports host Dave Zirin joins Bob to discuss his new book titled, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and The Fight for Democracy.

Bob talks to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Ron Suskind, and his wife, Cornelia Kennedy, about the challenges of raising their autistic son, as detailed in Suskind’s new book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism.  Around Owen’s third birthday, Suskind and Kennedy’s chatty, cheerful son suddenly stopped talking or making eye contact.  He eventually re-learned how to express himself by watching, memorizing, and impersonating characters from Disney animated films.


June 21-22

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

Bob talks with two Academy Award winners, actor Adrien Brody and director Paul Haggis, about their new film, Third Person. It opens this weekend and follows three couples in three cities and to tell three interlocking love stories.  It also stars James Franco, Kim Basinger, Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis and Olivia Wilde.

Bob talks with music blogger Paul Schomer about his latest discoveries. This time, we’ll hear new music from James Tillman, Invisible Homes, Led to Sea, Dogheart and Crocodile.

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


China is changing at a pace ten times the speed and one hundred times the scale of the first Industrial Revolution. That one created modern Britain and the world we know today.  New Yorker correspondentEvan Osnos writes about what this very old county feels and looks like now in his new book The Age Of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.

Internationally recognized illustrator and designer James McMullan was born in 1934 to British national parents living in China.  His new book uses words and paintings to tell the dramatic story of his family’s journey from China.  The book is titled Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood.


June 28-29


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

For more than a decade, James Joseph Bulger Jr. was listed as one of the FBI’s ten most wanted fugitives.  The former Boston gangster, better known as “Whitey,” was eventually found, tried and convicted of racketeering, extortion and money laundering. He was also found to be complicit in several area murders. The 84 year old is currently serving two consecutive life terms in a federal penitentiary. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger has made a new documentary about the story with a focus on last summer’s trial in Boston. Berlinger talks with Bob about his film Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger.

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


Bob talks with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton about her participation in Freedom Summer.   Our interview will also feature clips from filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s documentary Freedom Summer.  The film highlights an essential element of the civil rights movement: the patient and long-term efforts by outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters — even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death.  Freedom Summer premiered on PBS this week and is available on DVD.

As we near the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Right Act, Bob speaks with two authors of new books that tell the story behind the creation of the landmark legislation. Clay Risen is an editor onThe New York Times op-ed page and the author of The Bill of the CenturyThe Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act and Todd Purdum is a senior writer at Politico and the author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.