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 Bob Edwards Weekend

March 2010

March 6-7, 2010


Politico’s White House correspondent Eamon Javers went deep into the world of corporate spies and found a hidden battlefield growing in size and importance for the rest of us.  In Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy Javers profiles Chinese spies stealing trade secrets from Western high tech firms, ex-KGB officers working in American law firms and CIA agents moonlighting for private companies while still on the federal payroll.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Robert B. Powers.  He entered police work after serving as a cavalryman in World War I. He was a deputy sheriff in New Mexico and Arizona, and was chief of police for Bakersfield, California. Powers co-authored “A Guide to Race Relations for Police Officers.”




Entertainment critic David Kipen talks with Bob about Sunday’s Academy Awards.


The Last Station tells the story of the final years of Russia’s greatest literary figure, Leo Tolstoy. Bob talks with director Michael Hoffman about the film and about stars Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren. They’re both nominated for Academy Awards for their roles as Tolstoy and his long-suffering wife Sofya.



March 20-21,2010



Henry Strongin Goldberg was diagnosed with a rare, almost-always fatal illness soon after he was born.  His parents tried everything they could to save his life, including controversial stem cell procedures, but Henry died in December of 2002 when he was just 7-years-old. Henry’s mother, Laurie Strongin, tells her very personal story in a new book called Saving Henry: A Mother’s Journey. Strongin has become an advocate for stem cell research since losing her son.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Albert Nesbitt. He was president of the John J. Nesbitt Company, which manufactured heating and ventilating units. Among his many civic activities, Nesbitt served as the president of the Philadelphia YMCA and the Philadelphia Council of Churches.




Bob talks with Meg Hutchinson, an award-winning songwriter who artfully documents the human condition.  Hutchinson released her debut CD Come Up Full in 2008 and now she has a new CD titled The Living Side book critic Laura Miller shares her recommendations for what’s new in the book world.



March 27-28, 2010




Based on Thomas Frank’s best-seller, the new documentary film What’s the Matter with Kansas? shows how the state transformed from an outpost of liberalism to a bastion of hard-core conservatism.   Bob talks with Frank and the film’s co-director Joe Winston.

In 2006, Bob visited the Santa Fe, New Mexico home of former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall for a long and wide-ranging discussion. Udall was a staunch conservationist and is responsible for helping to preserve much of this country’s public lands and national parks. We’ll re-run some of their conversation to mark Stewart Udall’s passing. He died last Saturday at the age of 90.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Alexander Forbes, a pioneering doctor in the field of neurophysiology. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1910 and devoted himself to research on the human nervous system. Forbes served as professor emeritus of physiology at Harvard for many years.




David Kessler is one of the most driven and successful doctors of his generation. He fearlessly took on the tobacco industry as head of the FDA, was dean of a premier medical school in California and has done path breaking research in pediatrics. But there is one part of his life where he has always struggled: his weight.  In his book The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Kessler analyzes why more American every year are losing the battle to control their waistlines and how that affects the overall health of the country.

The day before his senior year in college began, singer-songwriter Joe Pug packed up his belongings and headed for Chicago. Working as a carpenter by day, Pug’s friend snuck him into a studio to record his songs. That was the beginning of the 25-year-old’s music career which now includes a well-received EP and a new full-length CD called Messenger