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Bob Edwards Weekend - October 2013

October 5-6

HOUR ONE:

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

The Cold War is over and with the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is little threat of an all-out, mutually destructive nuclear war.  But investigative journalist Eric Schlosser points out in his new book that most of those weapons are still out there…and many of them are still on hair-trigger alert.  InCommand and Control, he writes that school children no longer practice to “duck and cover” — even as the danger of an accidental nuclear detonation may have increased. Drawing on thousands of pages of recently declassified government documents and on interviews with scores of military personnel and nuclear scientists, Schlosser writes about our illusion of safety when it comes to today’s nuclear weapons.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.

HOUR TWO:

Still Within the Sound of My Voice is the latest release from American music legend Jimmy Webb. Webb is the Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and for good reason. He has written many well-known classics for other musicians including “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” “Up, Up and Away,” and “All I Know.”   Several artists he’s written songs for are now repaying the favor with guest appearances on this new album including Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Kris Kristofferson and Art Garfunkel.  Webb is the first and only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration.

 

October 12-13

HOUR ONE:

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

For over five decades, writer Lois Duncan has been scaring and entertaining young readers with books like her 1973 novel I Know What You Did Last Summer.  This fall, Duncan’s first book, Debutante Hill, is being reissued by the new imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, which is giving new life to some half-dozen 20th century teen classics.  Duncan’s most recent book is One to the Wolves, On the Trail of a Killer.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe

HOUR TWO:

Year after year, American students rank in the bottom third in international rankings of math and science scores. In reading, the U.S. doesn’t even make the top ten, trailing Canada and Estonia among others.  In her new book, investigative journalist, Amanda Ripley, follows the lives of three American exchange students who spent a year studying in countries that consistently receive the highest marks to find out why children in Finland, Poland, and South Korea do so well.  Her new book is titled The Smartest Kids in the World.

Over the course of three albums, 13 SongsPages, and her latest, Clocks, Irish musician Julie Feeney has grown as an artist, singer, songwriter, composer, conductor, label head and now, fundraiser. Over two hundred of Feeney’s fans (including one Bob Edwards Show producer) crowdfunded Clocks, released on her own independent label.

 

October 19-20

HOUR ONE:

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

Then, we explore the story of a small town in Alabama that made big, defiant music. Muscle Shoals has drawn in musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Jimmy Cliff, Etta James, Alicia Keys and The Rolling Stones, producing hits such as “I’ll Take You There,” “Brown Sugar,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and “Freebird.”  Greg Freddy Camalier is the director of the new documentary film,Muscle Shoals and tells Bob all about the place and its unique sound.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks with Al Gini, Chicago Public Radio’s philosopher-in-residence and professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University. This time he shares his research on what attributes make for a good leader —— not the hatchet-wielding CEO types whose success is measured by profit margins and stock dividends, but the ones who view leadership as stewardship, serving the needs and well-being of the people that they lead. Gini’s new book is titled Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders.

Young adult author Jack Gantos follows up his Newbery Medal and Scott O’Dell Award winning novelDead End in Norvelt with a sequel, From Norvelt to Nowhere.  Gantos talks with Bob about these two almost-but-not-quite true books, as well as his own surprisingly true tales from his unusual past.

 

October 26-27

HOUR ONE:

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

Ray Suarez is the former chief correspondent for PBS NewsHour. His new book, Latino Americans, is a comprehensive look at that culture’s 500-year history and how Latinos have shaped this country.

Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.

HOUR TWO:

After 9/11, a small group of officials were tasked with using the financial powers of the United States government to find and dismantle illegal financial supply chains used by terrorists.  Author Juan Zarate explores one of the least-examined strategies in the war on terror with his new book Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare.

Ashley Monroe is one of the three members of the band “Pistol Annies,” along with Miranda Lambert and Angeleena Presley.  Monroe’s new solo album is titled Like a Rose and she joins Bob to talk about her life and her music.