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The Bob Edwards Show

December 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then, Bob talks to Ira Flatow, the host of National Public Radio's popular “Science Friday” about his new book Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Bob talks with Vincent Warren, the executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, about the December 5th Supreme Court cases about Guantanamo detainees access to legal council. Then, who is more charitable: liberals or conservatives? Writer Arthur Brooks thought he knew the answer too. That is until he did a little research into the issue. Bob talks to Brooks about his book Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism -- America's Charity Divide--who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters. It’s now out in paperback. And finally, XM Radio Hanukkah's Mike Abrams & Randi Martin give a preview of what's to come on XM 108 this holiday season.

Wednesday , December 5, 2007

As a young man Frank Schaeffer inherited his evangelical parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer's beliefs and flair for speaking. By the age of 23 he directed two religious documentaries that are still required viewing in thousands of schools in the English-speaking world. Now a best-selling fiction writer, Schaeffer talks to Bob about his memoir Crazy for God . Then, Bob talks to author Elizabeth Little about her new book Biting The Wax Tadpole: Confession of a Language Fanatic. Little uses her favorite examples from language dead, difficult, and just plain made-up to reveal how language study is the ticket to traveling the world.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Bob talks to public radio host Michael Krasny about his tell-all memoir titled, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life. His book includes some of his most memorable interviews with eminent writers like Umberto Eco, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, Art Spiegelman, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Joan Didion. Then, it's Director Francesco Lucente and producer Olimpia Mandaione discussing their new film 'Badland.'  It's the story of a soldier trying and failing to hold himself together after experiencing the ravages of war.  His family & his sanity suffer horrendous effects of his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Bob talks with “Atonement” director Joe Wright. Ian McEwan's novel comes to the big screen with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in the lead roles. This is Wright's second film, following the success of his 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. Then, Bob talks with filmmaker Matt Hinton about Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp. This is the first feature documentary about America's oldest music which is neither dead nor dying. Matt along with his wife Erica Hinton spent 7 years documenting this largely unknown art form.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then, Bob talks with The New Yorker's music critic Alex Ross about why the sounds of Stravinsky, Philip Glass, and other modern music composers still make audiences uneasy. His new book is The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century .

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bob talks to author Ann Pancake about her new book Strange As This Weather Has Been . It's based on interviews and actual events about an Appalachian community under siege from mountaintop removal. Then, Union members once made up more than one-third of the American workforce, but today are a mere twelve percent. Bob talks to journalist Philip Dine about what happened to American organized labor and what can be done to restore its role as the defender of middle-class values and economic well being. Dine's new book is State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence.

Wednesday , December 12, 2007

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of the most powerful women in the world, but she remained an enigma until now. Bob talks to New York Times Washington correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller about her new book Condoleezza Rice: An American Life. Bumiller explores the key moments of Rice's personal life, examines her vulnerabilities, insecurities, and ultimate ambitions. Then, Bob talks with Ted Leonsis about his documentary film, Nanking. The film tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a safety zone where more than 200,000 Chinese found refuge.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bob talks to Julio Medina, the ex-con who started his own transitional facility for other ex-cons with the belief that rehabilitated ex-cons are the best role models for other ex-cons. They call themselves a “badass group of do-gooders who are reaching their clients like no one could who hasn’t walked a mile in prisoner’s shoes.”

Friday, December 14, 2007

Bob talks to Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington about their article “Into the Valley of Death,” which appears in the new issue of Vanity Fair. They traveled with an American platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley — a strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda — one of the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S. forces. Our film critic David Kipen reviews a few new movies, and shares his ballot for the best performances and movies of the year. Then Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis joins Bob to review the top ten CDs NOT covered on this program in 2007. (Click here for the list, including mini-essays written by Anthony about how and why he chose each entry.)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then, Irish writer Frank McCourt drops by to discuss his latest memoir. Teacher Man focuses on McCourt's three decades spent teaching English in New York City's public school system. McCourt won the Pulitzer Prize for his first book, Angela's Ashes.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

 Richard C. Hottelet, the last living war-time Murrow Boy, joins Bob for an in-studio chat. Hottelet originally worked for the United Press wire service but joined CBS News in 1944 when he was just 26. Hottelet was hired by Edward R. Murrow to work in the London Bureau and filed his first CBS Radio report during D-Day. Then, Bob talks with the most recent biographer of newsman H.L. Mencken. Marion Elizabeth Rogers researched the American author, critic and bad boy of Baltimore for her book titled Mencken: The American Iconoclast.

Wednesday , December 19, 2007

Bob talks about Ogden Nash with biographer Douglas Parker. His new book is called: Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America's Laureate of Light Verse. Then, Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has been producing literate, challenging music for more than four decades. Widely admired for his intense lyrics, Cockburn explains why he decided to record a CD of instrumentals called "Speechless."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bob speaks with etiquette expert Judith Martin about her book Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior. Then, Bob speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer in front of a live audience at The Smithsonian Institution. Feiffer is a member of the Comic Book Hall of Fame and has written respected screenplays, books and plays. Last year, Feiffer received the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Award.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Bob talks to Robert Klein about his book The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back. In his autobiography, Klein recounts the journey from his parents’ apartment in the Bronx, to Yale Drama School, to Chicago and a year with the Second City comedy troupe, to Broadway, back to stand-up and beyond. Klein recently released a DVD compilation of his eight live HBO comedy specials.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, actor Alan Rickman is best known for his sinister, evil characters in movies like Harry Potter and Die Hard. He talks with Bob about his most recent part in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, where Rickman retains his bad guy reputation as the lecherous Judge Turpin.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Bob talks to historian Michael Kazin about his book, A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. It looks at Bryan's role as a leader of the Christian left in the United States, and asks why that movement has all but disappeared from the political scene. Then, Bob talks to Karen Armstrong, one of the world’s most highly regarded authors on religion about her book The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions .

Wednesday , December 26, 2007

25 years ago, Lewis Hyde wrote The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World . Bob marks the anniversary with Hyde as they discuss his modern classic. Then, painter and director Julian Schnabel is here to discuss his latest movie, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It won Schnabel the best director award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and is now in limited release.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bob Edwards spent hours interviewing homeless men, women and children, social workers and government officials to learn about the growing problem of homeless families and kids. The resulting documentary, The Invisible – Children without Homes, presents how economics, education, healthcare, and culture impact those lives.

Friday, December 28, 2007

It's been 60 years since the Hollywood Ten stood before the House Un-American Activities Committee. They refused to name their fellow screenwriters, directors, actors and musicians who were suspected of having communist ties. Bob talks with three blacklisted artists: screenwriter Walter Bernstein, actress Marsha Hunt and publisher Victor Navasky. Then, our monthly visit to the archives of the Library of Congress. This time, folklorists Nancy Groce and Stephen Winick join Bob to share rarely heard songs celebrating people on the move.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then we hear from popular music scholar Philip Furia talking about his book America 's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley . It's about the most beloved songs of the last century, from the misery of the Depression-era "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" to the postwar optimism of "Young at Heart ."