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Bob Edwards Weekend

October 2007

October 27-28, 2007


  • Bob talks to the new US poet laureate Charles Simic. He is the author of 18 books of poetry – his latest collection The Little Something – comes out early next year. Simic is also an essayist, translator, editor and professor emeritus of creative writing and literature at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught for 34 years.
  • Bob talks with poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch. He's a funeral director in a small town in central Michigan where he and his family have cared for the dead -- and the living -- for three generations. Lynch is also the subject of an upcoming FRONTLINE episode called The Undertaking.
  • Anthony Hopkins writes, directs and stars in his new film “Slipstream,” billed as a story about the implosion of a man's mind. The movie also stars Christian Slater, John Turturro, Michael Clark Duncan, Camryn Manheim and Jeffrey Tambor and opens this weekend in selected cities.


  • Bob talks to writer Ann Patchett about her book Run . After the success of Bel Canto, Patchett follows up with the story of the Doyle family. Set over a 24 hour period, Run chronicles the effects of an accident on one white and one black family.
  • Bob talks with Nora Guthrie about the release of a rare live performance of her folk icon father, Woody. The audio is taken from a concert recording made in 1949. The new CD from Woody Guthrie is called The Live Wire.


October 20-21, 2007


  • Bob talks with writer Diane Ackerman about her latest book The Zookeeper's Wife, the true tale of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, a Polish zookeeper and his wife. During the Nazi invasion of WWII, the Zabinski's sheltered over 300 Jews in the cages and hidden places of the Warsaw zoo.
  • Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones is this year's guest editor of New Stories from the South, a collection of short stories influenced by the American South. He is joined by three of this year's featured writers: Holly Goddard Jones, Joshua Ferris, and Angela Threatt .
  • Bob goes for a walk with senior curator Dr. Frank Kelly through the National Gallery's Edward Hopper exhibit. This is the first major retrospective of his work ever held in Washington, DC and brings together paintings from all over the country.


  • Many of us still remember baseball's good old days: the ballparks, the legendary players, and the unforgettable play-by-play announcers who brought it right into our homes. Bob talks to Kevin Bender about many of those broadcasting Hall of Famers in his documentary "Ball Talk: Baseball's Voices of Summer." It's now available on DVD.

  • Bob talks to legendary music producer Phil Ramone about his life and career. Ramone is the co-author of a new book Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music.

October 13-14, 2007


  • Bob talks with former President Jimmy Carter about his new book “Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope.” Carter also shares his thoughts on Iraq, Iran and Darfur.


  • Bob talks with Hampton Sides about his book, “Blood and Thunder.” It focuses on legendary trapper, scout and soldier Kit Carson who Sides argues represents the inherent contradictions of the early American West. The book has just been released in paperback.
  • Bob talks with director Kenneth Branagh and actor Michael Caine about their new film “Sleuth.” It’s a remake of the 1972 film which starred a much younger Michael Caine. The two stars also discuss the highs and lows of their respective careers.

October 6-7, 2007


  • Bob talks with Matthew Brzezinski about his new book -- Red Moon Rising. On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite - igniting the space age and starting the space race with the United States. Brzezinski goes behind-the-scenes of Sputnik's launch to reveal the hidden rivalries between the two superpowers.
  • Bob talks to Mark Knopfler about his latest CD. "Kill to Get Crimson" is the former Dire Straits front man’s fifth solo album. On this one, Knopfler mixes his usual electric guitar with more traditional folk instruments.


  • Bob talks with writer Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Prize recipient for literature. Pamuk's most recent book Other Colors is his first since winning the coveted prize last fall and he shares with Bob what has changed for him in the past year. Pamuk was Turkey's first writer to win a Nobel and is currently a writer in resident at Barnard College.
  • Nobel peace prize winner Wangari Maathai talks with Bob about her recent memoir Unbowed . Here Maathai writes of her journey growing up in rural Kenya to founding the Green Belt Movement in 1977. Throughout her life, Maathai has endured jailings, beatings, and personal loses but still works tirelessly to plants trees to save Kenya's forests and restore democracy to her country.
  • Bob talks to Appleseed Recording president Jim Musselman. 10 years ago, this former consumer advocate lawyer formed the independent record label, now home to musical luminaries such as Pete Seeger, Donovan, David Bromberg and others. To celebrate Appleseed's 10-year anniversary, the label is releasing “Sowing the Seeds - The 10th Anniversary.”