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Bob Edwards Weekend - October 2012

October 6-7

HOUR ONE:

Bob talks with filmmaker Eugene Jarecki about his latest documentary The House I Live In. The film explores every level of the “War on Drugs” – from the dealer, the narcotics officer, the inmate, the prison guard to the federal judge and offers a sobering view of our criminal justice system.

 

HOUR TWO:

Investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk writes about the ongoing development of the Keystone XL pipeline in Canada which will cross hundreds of salmon rivers and other protected lands.  His article on the subject appears in the Fall edition of OnEarth Magazine.  Nikiforuk will also discuss his new book, The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude.

German physicists devoted to Nazi ideology rejected Albert Einstein’s work and derided it as ‘Jewish science.’ In his latest book, author and professor Steven Gimbel takes a closer look at this claim, examining Einstein’s contributions to physics through the lens of his cultural and religious background. Gimbel’s book is titled, Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion.

 

October 13-14

HOUR ONE:

 Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to talk about the latest political news.

Author Paul Tough believes that character is the most important factor in early childhood development.  In fact, Tough argues, that skills such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control are more important than intelligence in determining success.  Tough’s latest book is titled How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.

Sonia Manzano has played Maria on Sesame Street since the 1970’s. As a writer on the series, she’s racked up 15 Emmy Awards since then, and now Manzano has published her first novel. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano is a young girl’s coming-of-age tale set in Spanish Harlem as young Evelyn struggles with adolescence… and ancestry. Bob talks to Manzano about her book and her life.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Scott Saalman.  As children, our blueprints for love come from our parents. We watch how they show their love to us and each other, and those experiences shape our expectations of marriage.  As a child, Saalman watched his parents’ kiss goodbye as his father left for work every day. He was a swing shift worker at a factory, and so the kiss happened at different times, depending on his work assignment. But it always happened. Saalman still holds that clockwork show of devotion as an ideal of love.

HOUR TWO:

 Lee Gutkind started the nation’s first MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh and is the founder of the literary magazine Creative Nonfiction.  His new book is You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything In Between.

English writer and satirist Craig Brown chronicles the 20th century’s most bizarre celebrity meetings in his book Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings.  Each chapter focuses on one of the odd pairs he uncovered, from Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot to Martha Graham and Madonna.

 

October 20-21

HOUR ONE:

Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news including the candidates’ performance in the second presidential debate.

It’s hard to believe that Penny Marshall, the actress who played the tough talking tomboy in the sitcom “Laverne and Shirley,” is now 70 years old.  And when Hollywood-types enter their sunset years, they write their memoirs —- telling funny stories about their famous friends. Penny Marshall’s new book is titled My Mother Was Nuts.  Marshall was the first female director to make a movie that grossed over $100 million, but she calls her successful Hollywood career a “happy accident.” 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Greg Gatjanis.  We know that life is precious, and that it can be gone in an instant. Gatjanis was forced to face the death of his father unexpectedly, and the moment became more significant than he expected. In the hospital room, Gatjanis shared one last moment with his father, and he says it was both his deepest heartbreak and his greatest blessing.

HOUR TWO:

Marty Makary is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins and author of Unaccountable:  What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare.  He tells Bob that if medical errors were a disease, they would be one of the leading causes of death in the US.

Bob talks with best-selling writer Ken Follett. Follett’s books have sold more than 100 million copies, and now you can see the television adaptation of his novel World Without End on the digital cable channel Reelz.  A historical epic set in medieval England, the miniseries stars Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson and Charlotte Riley.  Bob also talks with Follett about his most recent novel Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy.

 

October 27-28, 2012

HOUR ONE:

Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

20 years ago, Scholastic introduced young readers to a new series called Goosebumps.  These creepy stories soon became one of the best-selling children’s series of all times, with over 300 million books sold.  The author of the books, R.L. Stine, is often called the “Stephen King of children’s literature.” He talks with Bob about the trick of scaring kids and about writing Red Rain, his latest novel for adults.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Christine Kingery.  While growing up, Kingery heard stories of World War II from her grandmother, who was captured twice by the Nazis. She also escaped twice by receiving help from German civilians. Kingery’s grandmother always said the German people were her friends. From her, Kingery realized that peace is possible through compassion.

HOUR TWO:

James Blight was part of the research team behind the documentary Fog of War.  His latest project is The Armageddon Letters, a transmedia storytelling project about the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Blight is a professor at Waterloo University and an expert on those 13 tense October days in 1962 when nuclear war nearly broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union.