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Bob Edwards Weekend - September 2013

September 7-8

HOUR ONE:

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

In her latest book, Rose George once again chronicles a little-known world that we’d prefer to know little about. Her previous book, The Big Necessity, was an anthropological study of human waste. George’s new book is titled Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate. George explains why you should care about the men who steered your breakfast cereal through winter storms.

New music enthusiast Paul Schomer joins us again with another batch of artists you’ve probably never heard of.  Schomer runs the new music discovery blog called RadioCrowdfund.com and shares new songs by Jack Wilson, Lo Fine, Northern Hustle and Huxlee. He’s also here to spread the word about the fundraising campaign to commission a memorial gravestone for the blues singer Mamie Smith.

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

HOUR TWO:

On June 10th of this year, Army veteran Daniel Somers left behind a grieving family and heartbreaking letter that began, “I am sorry that it has come to this.  The fact is, for as long as I can remember my motivation for getting up every day has been so that you would not have to bury me.”  Unfortunately, Daniel did commit suicide, adding to this appalling statistic: on average, 22 U.S. military veterans take their own lives every day.  Considering that figure, coupled with the massive backlog of veterans waiting for help from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bob wanted to find out if there is a connection.  In this documentary, “End of Watch: What Happens to US Veterans Waiting for Help,” we hear from former Veterans Affairs workers who resigned in protest of VA practices and procedures.  Bob also talks with a few of the more than 700,000 veterans currently waiting in line to get the benefits they were promised upon enlisting.

 

September 14-15

HOUR ONE:

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

Andrew Bacevich returns to the program to discuss a book that was intended to be a conventional narrative history of the relationship between the U.S. military and the civilian population since World War II.  Instead, he was steered onto a different course by his conviction that our military system is broken and no amount of patriotic sentimentality can disguise it.  Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country is Bacevich’s seventh book.  For twenty-three years Bacevich served as an officer in the U.S. Army and his son was killed by an IED while serving in Iraq in 2007.  Bacevich is now a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

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

HOUR TWO:

More than 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States.  It’s a patchwork system. Each state has different rules, and each city contracts with many different child welfare agencies to place children in foster care. The result is that thousands of foster children live in many different homes during their most formative years, and they’re often unprepared to live on their own once they age out of the system. In the new book, To the End of June, Cris Beam writes about the experiences of several foster parents and the children they try to raise. 

Activist and entrepreneur Ben Foss founded Headstrong Nation, a non-profit that helps the dyslexic community.  Dyslexia is a brain-based genetic trait that affects over 30 million Americans.  His book isThe Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning.

 

September 21-22, 2013

HOUR ONE:

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

The “Human Terrain System” is a military experiment that operates on the premise that soldiers need to understand the enemy and its culture. The teams incorporate social scientists and cultural anthropologists with frontline troops to discover and provide commanders with that knowledge. But the program has been surrounded by controversy and proven difficult to implement in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Vanessa Gezari writes about the Human Terrain System in her new book, The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice.

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

HOUR TWO:

In reviews of her new book, Lara Feigel is being praised for capturing the mood of wartime London when “each moment had the exhilarating but unreal intensity of the last moment on earth.”  The Love-Charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War chronicles the love lives of five prominent writers: Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Rosa Macaulay, Henry Yorke (aka Henry Green), and the Austrian exile Hilde Spiel.

Bob talks with Gloria Estefan about her long music career…from her early days with the Miami Sound Machine and their hit Conga to her brand new album of jazz standards. Estefan has won seven Grammy Awards during her three decades of recording.  The Cuban-born singer has also won the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award given to a naturalized US citizen.

 

September 28-29

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.