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Bob Edwards Weekend

March 2008

March 1-2, 2008

HOUR ONE

  • Bob talks with legendary New York reporter and writer Jimmy Breslin. He’ll introduce us to some of the characters from his new book The Good Rat: A True Story. It’s all about the real-life mobsters Breslin met and covered as an investigative reporter for Newsday.
  • Musician Tift Merritt is a North Carolina native who lives in New York City and longs for Paris. An extended stay in France inspired her to write and record the songs on her new CD, “Another Country.” Merritt talks with Bob about playing piano and writing songs in Paris and about her new second job as a public radio host.

HOUR TWO

  • Bob talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Tim Weiner about his latest book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. It’s already won a National Book Award and is up for a National Book Critics Circle award next week.
  • Lester Brown is the president of the Earth Policy Institute. He’s here to tell us about how quickly the world is physically changing and what can be done to sustain the growing global population. Brown’s most recent book is Plan B, 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization .
  • With his groundbreaking 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead, George Romero began a new era in American horror films. Now, forty years later, he’s released the fifth in his “living dead” series. Romero talks about using horror as political allegory, why he’ll never live in New York or Los Angeles and about starting his filmmaking career with Mr. Rogers.

 

March 8-9, 2008

HOUR ONE

  • Bob talks with three-time Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee. He established his place in the American theater pantheon in 1962 with his controversial Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf. Albee will celebrate his 80th birthday next week and continues to write and direct.
  • Big Bone Lick, Kentucky was the first major paleontological site in North America and it was highly controversial. The mastodon bones were the first find to indicate that a species could become extinct and that challenged religious views at the time. Bob talks with former biology professor Stanley Hedeen about his book - Big Bone Lick: The Cradle of American Paleontology.

HOUR TWO

  • Wallace Stegner is one of our nation's most lyrical and passionate writers of the American West. The Spectator Bird, Crossing to Safety, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose exposed readers to both the beauty and the environmental issues of the West. Bob talks with writer Philip Fradkin about his biography Wallace Stegner and the American West.
  • Brett Morgen is the writer and director of the new film “Chicago 10,” an innovative cinematic postcard from the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the subsequent conspiracy trial of eight anti-war activists.

 

March 15-16, 2008

HOUR ONE

  • The US is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee necessary health care to all of its citizens. Former Senator Tom Daschle explains why the nation's economy is threatened by its failing health care system in his new book titled Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.
  • Each year, Global Integrity researches and publishes an index which ranks 55 nations based on anti-corruption mechanisms and government accountability. The organization’s managing director Nathaniel Heller speaks with Bob about the 2007 results.
  • Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1967 and immediately made an impression on the NBA by averaging over 24 points a game and winning the rookie of the year award. The Hall of Famer speaks with Bob about his new project “Black Magic,” a film to be shown on ESPN March 16th and 17th. It explores the links between the 1960s civil rights movement, American society and sports.

HOUR TWO

  • David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning book John Adams is one of the best-selling historical biographies of all time. Now, it's been turned into a seven-part HBO miniseries directed by Tom Hooper. "John Adams" stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as the president and first lady and premieres Sunday at 8pm.
  • Since 1978 Marian McPartland has been hosting Piano Jazz, NPR's longest running cultural program. McPartland started her love of the piano at the age of 3 and has never let up. She talks with Bob about her life and career and about the release of her first studio album in 6 years – Twilight World.

 

March 22-23, 2008

HOUR ONE

  • Jonathan Steele has worked eight assignments in Iraq since April 2003 as the senior foreign correspondent for the Guardian. Five years after the invasion, he examines the consequences in his new book titled Defeat: Why America and Britain Lost Iraq.
  • Paul Thorn’s first paying gig was as a four-year-old at a tent revival led by his Pentecostal minister father. Thorn went on to become a successful professional boxer, and a furniture maker. Now he’s back in music. Once called the "best kept secret in the music business" Paul Thorn has a new CD called A Long Way from Tupelo.

HOUR TWO

  • Blindsight” documents the three-week expedition of a group of blind Tibetan children who set out to climb Mt. Everest. Bob talks with blind climber Erik Weihenmayer who inspired their journey, and Sabriye Tenberken who accompanied the children on the expedition, about their experiences making this documentary.
  • Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis talks with Bob about two new CDs. They'll discuss the return of the B-52s with "Funplex" -- their first new studio CD in 16 years, and Volume One by She & Him -- a collaboration between actress turned singer Zooey Deschanel and one-man band M. Ward.
  • Essayist Laura Boswell considers spring cleaning.

 

March 29-30, 2008

HOUR ONE

  • Jan Egeland was the man in charge of coordinating humanitarian relief for the United Nations during some of the world's most horrific recent events: the Indian Ocean tsunami, the crisis in Darfur, the aftermath of the Iraq war. Egeland speaks with Bob about his new book called A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity .
  • Our resident folklorists Nancy Groce and Steve Winick join Bob to share rarely heard songs that celebrate different modes of travel. These selections and a few million more are housed at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

HOUR TWO

  • Every few months, a new poll or study comes out showing how dumb Americans are compared to the rest of the world. In her new book The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby writes about the serious and very real consequences of anti-intellectualism, starting with the War in Iraq.
  • Singer-songwriter David Wilcox has been characterized as a cross between musicians James Taylor and Nick Drake. Although his music does have a quiet, acoustic feel, its tone and message are unique to this guitarist. His latest album Airstream was written over the past two years as Wilcox, his wife, and their son traveled across America. He plays selections from the CD and talks with Bob about his career in music.