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Bob Edwards Weekend - September 2012

September 1-2


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

Writer Stephan Talty new book Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day chronicles Barcelonan poultry farmer Juan Pujo’s strange but true tale as one of World War Two’s most important double agent.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Nora Lupi.  We say that every vote counts, come election time.  But often, the voices behind those votes are ignored, unless politicians think they represent a powerful constituency.  Our youngest voters sometimes feel invisible, but Lupi is twenty-something and politically opinionated – and she’s ready to be heard.  Lupi says elected representatives should remember that she and her peers represent the future of the country.


In his new book Freedom’s Forge, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Arthur Herman tells a little-known story from World War II: how two American businessmen—the President of General Motors William Knudsen and construction giant Henry Kaiser—oversaw an output of war materials (weapons, tanks, planes, guns, and ammunition) that almost defies imagination. Herman calls it the greatest industrial miracle in history, and makes the case that these men changed the face of not only American business and industry but of American society.

Bob talks with Charlie Schroeder, who spent two years reenacting his way through 2,000 years of Western civilization.  He wrote a book about the experience called Man of War.


September 8-9


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to talk about the latest political news, focusing this week on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North  Carolina.

In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into a Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain in Wyoming.  While there, Manbo documented his experiences and his family’s struggle to maintain a normal life under the harsh conditions of racial imprisonment.  Bob talks with scholar Eric L. Muller about his new book Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II.  Then, last August, former Japanese American internees returned to Heart Mountain for a reunion of sorts. They brought their children, grand children, even great grandchildren. They swapped stories, visited old friends, and, most importantly, dedicated a new museum that honors those whose lives were so overturned as a result of Executive Order 9066.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Chris Huntington.  People become parents every day. Not all parents welcome their babies in hospital delivery rooms.  Some see their new children for the first time in orphanages and foster homes, or in photographs sent from overseas. Huntington and his wife desperately wanted a baby, but biology conspired against them, so they decided to adopt.  Huntington says he now believes that becoming a parent is a gift you make to the universe and that the universe makes to you.


“America’s National Park for the Performing Arts” is tucked into the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.  Each year, Wolf Trap presents more than 250 performances and concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music. Bob visits the Vienna, Virginia office of Terrence (Terre) Jones, the outgoing President and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation.  After a lifetime in the performing arts and more than 16 years of leading Wolf Trap, Jones has decided to step down in December. Jones has also visited more than half of America’s nearly 400 National Parks and talks with Bob about his book of photography documenting his travels titled Road Trip.

Bob visits with contemporary jazz musician Marcus Miller.  He’s  performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in music:  Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Roberta Flack, Frank Sinatra and more. A few weeks ago, Miller’s latest album Renaissance debuted at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart.


September 15-16


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

A hundred years ago, US newspapers employed around two thousand editorial cartoonists.  Now, there are fewer than 40 full-time staff cartoonists – and their numbers are still declining.  Bob talks with Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonists Ann Telnaes (Washington Post) and Matt Wuerker (Politico) about the state of political cartoons and their importance in an election year.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Amelia Baxter-Stoltzfus.  As children grow into adults, they try on different roles for themselves, looking for the person they will become.  Sometimes parents and siblings find this process jarring, wondering what happened to the person they used to know.  Baxter-Stoltzfus used semi-permanent hair dye to create a slightly different personality for just a little while – “the kind that lets you be whoever you want without letting go of how you got there.”


Kristina Rizga is an education writer and her latest article for Mother Jones Magazine is called “Everything You’ve Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong.”  After spending a year in one of the nation’s most diverse public schools, Rizga says attendance at San Francisco’s Mission High is up, dropout rates are falling and college acceptance is “through the roof.”  Yet, based on standardized test results, Mission was labeled a “low performing school.”

Matt Bondurant turned no further than the lives of his grandfather and two granduncles for the topic of his 2009 historical novel The Wettest County in the World.  They were moonshiners in southwestern Virginia during the 1920s and 30s who fought the law while working with corrupt officials to produce and move their product. Now adapted for the big screen as Lawless, the film tells the story of the Bondurant family’s criminal ways during Prohibition. 



September 29-30
Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to talk about the latest political news.
Henry Sapoznik is an award winning Klezmer musician and Yiddish expert whose collection of 1920s-60s Yiddish radio programs is being archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Kevin Kelley.  He lives his life through the kindness of strangers.  Whether hitch hiking or traveling through foreign countries alone, Kelly has found that if you give people an opportunity, someone will always be good to you.

Michael Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.  Now, the celebrated writer turns his attention to San Francisco’s bay area, centering his new book Telegraph Avenue around a vinyl record store.