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Bob Edwards Weekend

November 2010


November 6-7, 2010




Elizabeth Alexander composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her latest collection titled Crave Radiance gathers both previous work and new poetry that includes the inaugural poem.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Joe Laycock.  He is a Harvard-trained school teacher in an overcrowded city district. Laycock studies religion and martial arts to find the emotional strength to withstand 10-hour days of teaching, a blizzard of standardized tests, and an unresponsive bureaucratic system.


HOUR TWO book critic Laura Miller discusses fall books and what titles are worth your time as the days grow shorter.


What do British novelist Nick Hornby and American musician Ben Folds have in common? A new CD calledLonely Avenue, 11 songs featuring Hornby’s lyrics and Folds’ music and voice. They join Bob at the piano in our performance studio to discuss how their long-distance mutual admiration turned into an album of playful yet often soul-stirring songs.


November 13-14, 2010



Today, “Surviving the Fallen: Dignified Transfers to Military Families.”  The remains of fallen service men and women return to American soil at a rate now of more than one per day.  Each body lands at the Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware and is honored in a quiet event called a “dignified transfer.”  The Bob Edwards Show chronicles the process of receiving America’s men and women killed overseas, from the moment they land at Dover until the family lays them to rest.  In “Surviving the Fallen,” military staff, a Dover photographer, and family members describe the procedural, emotional, and spiritual experience of paying respect to our fallen warriors.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Jessica Mercer Zerr.  She teaches composition and introductory linguistics at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.  She and her husband Ryan have been married for more than eight years, and she writes about their devotion to each other — shown in the dozens of small favors and kindnesses they share each day. They have two young sons, but they still find time for each other in their hectic schedules.




Bob talks with public radio space reporter Pat Duggins about NASA’s next giant leap. His new book is titled Trailblazing Mars and Duggins will update us on the future of the space program under the Obama administration and beyond.

Garry Wills has written about Jack Ruby and John Wayne; Saint Augustine, Saint Paul and Jesus; James Madison and Abraham Lincoln. Now he writes about himself. His autobiography is titled Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer.


November 20-21, 2010



Eliot Spitzer was New York’s powerful Attorney General, known as “The Sherriff of Wall Street.” Then in 2006, Spitzer was overwhelmingly elected as the Governor of New York. The Democrat was on his way to political super-stardom and maybe someday the White House. But it turns out he had the secret habit of employing very high-priced escorts. Spitzer was known to the prostitution ring as “Client 9” and that’s the title of Alex Gibney’s latest documentary. Gibney joins Bob to discuss the rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of James Johnson.  He has been a professor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts for the past 35 years. But he grew up in the “Sportsman’s Paradise” of Louisiana, where he spent many hours duck hunting with his father. Johnson says the lessons he learned in the duckblind made him the person he is today. 




Historian Simon Winchester has made a career unearthing the fascinating stories of things many of us take for granted, most notably writing about creation of Oxford English Dictionary in The Professor and the Madman.  Winchester’s latest book is a biography of Earth’s second largest body of water. It’s titledAtlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories.


Sirius XM Symphony Hall host Martin Goldsmith reviews two new biopics about the life of legendary musician John Lennon, released for what would have been Lennon’s 70th year.  In theaters now, Nowhere Boy follows young John Lennon’s life in Liverpool, while Masterpiece Contemporary’s new film Lennon Naked, airing Sunday, November 21st on PBS, looks at Lennon’s final years with The Beatles.  Goldsmith is the author of The Beatles Come to America.


November 27-28, 2010




When England’s King Edward VIII abdicated to marry an American, his younger brother George suddenly found himself not only king of England, but the symbolic head of a nation on the brink of World War II. The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, follows George’s personal battle as he struggles to overcome his stutter and connect with his people.  Colin Firth stars as King George, Helena Bonham Carter is his wife and Geoffrey Rush plays the king’s speech therapist.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Shannon Lee Denney.  She is an attorney in Milwaukee, but her first love is cooking so the kitchen is the most important room in her house. Denney began learning to cook at her mother’s side when she was a child, and she is teaching her daughters to cook the same way, passing along treasured family recipes. Bob also speaks with her about her family’s Thanksgiving traditions.




We begin our new series on Nashville with an overview from mayor Karl Dean.  He takes Bob on a driving tour of downtown to discuss the devastating flood the city suffered this past spring. Mayor Dean also shows off some of his green initiatives, the bustling construction site for Nashville’s new convention center and he takes us backstage at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Then we’ll give you a sneak preview of the rest of the series, including interviews with Nashville musicians Guy Clark, Marshall Chapman and Marty Stuart.