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Bob Edwards Weekend

November 2007

November 24-25, 2007


  • Bob talks with author Greg Behrman about America's unprecedented and audacious policy to help rebuild Western Europe after World War II. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which cost more than $100 billion in today's dollars. President Bush has compared the U.S.'s post-reconstruction plans in Iraq and Afghanistan to the Marshall Plan, but many have criticized the administration for not learning the lessons from the first time around. Behrman's book is called The Most Notable Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe.
  • Bob talks to Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, the stars of the film, "King Corn." It's about the pervasive influence of corn on our nation's food production. Think you don't eat all that much corn? ...think again.
  • Bob talks to Julia Child's grandnephew Alex Prud'homme about their bestseller My Life in France . Prud'homme completed his Aunt's memoirs after her death in 2001. It is now available in paperback.


  • A.E. Hotchner’s close, 14-year friendship with Ernest Hemingway resulted in the landmark biography, Papa Hemingway . In more recent years, he’s partnered with Paul Newman on various charities. Bob speaks with Hotchner about his life, his writing and his legendary collaborations.
  • Bob talks with the husband-and-wife team behind the band Over the Rhine, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The duo have released three albums this year and their latest CD is titled “ The Trumpet Child.”


November 17-18, 2007 


  • Bob talks with one of "the bad boys of environmentalism," Ted Nordhaus.  Along with his co-author, Michael Shellenberger, Nordhaus has spent his life working in and with environmental organizations, but earned his nickname after turning on the movement's approach to solving problems. In their book, "Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility," the authors criticize everyone from the Sierra Club to Al Gore.
  • Bob talks with one of his favorite singers, Jennifer Warnes. She had a run of Academy-Award worthy songs from films such as Norma Rae, Ragtime, An Officer and a Gentleman and Dirty Dancing. In 1977, Warnes produced and recorded a Famous Blue Raincoat - a tribute to Leonard Cohen. The remastered 20th anniversary CD was released last month.


  • Bob talks to writer Bill Bryson about his work, life on both sides of the Atlantic, and his most recent book William Shakespeare, the World as Stage.  Bryson, a well-known Anglophile, writes about the personal life of Britain’s most beloved writer.
  • Bob chats with Michael Ian Black about his career in comedy.  Black is an actor, pop critic and comedian who recently released his first stand-up album titled "I Am a Wonderful Man."  He's a member of The State comedy sketch group, is one of the guys trying to sell you Sierra Mist on TV and was the voice of the sock puppet. Lately, Black has been moving towards writing and directing films and will also update us on those projects.


November 10-11, 2007


  • Bob talks to Jan Scruggs, the founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. A quarter century ago, he was the driving force to build a memorial dedicated to all who served in Vietnam….and used his own money to launch the effort. The wall and memorial was dedicated on November 13, 1982.
  • Bob talks to musician Dan Wilson about his new cd, "Free Life," produced by the now-legendary Rick Rubin. Wilson was the lead singer of Semisonic and he’s won a Grammy for writing a song for the Dixie Chicks. This is Wilson’s first solo album.


  • Bob talks to Dr. Henry Simmons about the nation's ongoing healthcare debate and how it is impacting specific issues such as children's health and the presidential candidates' proposals to improve health care.

  • Bob visits with record collector Joe Bussard at his home in Frederick, Maryland. Bussard is the founder and proprietor of his own label, Fonotone Records. He is a musician and a radio host and throughout his life he has tirelessly scoured Appalachia and the south for classic 78 RPM records. Today, he maintains a collection of more than 25,000 of these rare records, primarily of American folk, gospel, and blues from the 1920s and 1930s, which is believed to be the largest such collection in the world.


November 3-4, 2007


  • Bob talks with neurologist and author Oliver Sacks about his latest book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. It’s a collection of his research into the power of music to move, heal and haunt us.
  • We mark last weekend’s death of country music legend Porter Wagoner. Bob spoke with Wagoner earlier this year just before the release of his final CD – “Wagonmaster.”
  • Bob speaks with director Julien Temple about his new documentary “The Future is Unwritten.” The film opens this weekend in select cities and centers on the life of Joe Strummer, the former lead singer of the punk rock band The Clash.


  • We spend the hour talking candidly about past and present slavery and its impact around the world. There are about 27 million people around the world living in slavery today. Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves, talks to Bob about his new book Ending Slavery, and shares stories of contemporary slavery. Next, Bob talks to historian Marcus Rediker about his book The Slave Ship: A Human History which details the journey from Africa to North America. Then Bob visits with Tony Cohen who runs a slavery-immersion program to give people an idea of what it must have been like to live in servitude.