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February 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Then, Bob talks with New Orleans legend Aaron Neville about his long career and his brand new album titled My True Story.  Finally, the latest installment from our series This I Believe.

Monday, February 4, 2013:
In his new documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Alex Gibney tells the story of a priest in Wisconsin who ran a boarding school for the deaf and systematically molested many of the young boys in his care.  Gibney has been on this program for many of his other films, all of which deal with the corruption of power in some form. His past documentaries include Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Darkside, and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. Then, the telecast of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards airs this Sunday. Robert Santelli heads the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and has written several books about popular music. His latest is titled This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folksong.  Santelli’s Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is nominated for Best Historical Album.  Finally, Ry Cooder’s eclectic and celebrated career qualifies him to stand among America’s most accomplished guitarists.  He has relentlessly pursued new challenges, working as a session musician, a songwriter, a film music composer, and a producer.  His unique collaborations have earned Cooder four Grammys, including his 1998’s worldwide smash Buena Vista Social Club. Cooder’s album Election Special is nominated for Best Folk Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. 


Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Dror Moreh is director of The Gatekeepers, a striking documentary about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The film gives a history of Israel and its intelligence service, the Shin Bet, through interviews with the last five heads of the espionage organization. The Gatekeepers is nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards.  Then, Tamara Saviano produced the Guy Clark tribute CD This One’s for Him and it’s nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ashok Rajamani talks to Bob about his memoir The Day My Brain Exploded: A True Story. Next, Ronnie Dunn spent 20 years as “The Voice” behind the hit superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn. Now, a year after the two amicably split to pursue solo careers, Dunn is touring behind his solo album, Ronnie Dunn. He speaks with Bob about what’s driving him to start over as a “new artist” after being part of one of popular music’s most successful acts.  His song Cost of Livin is nominated for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards.  Finally, Bob speaks with musician Bonnie Raitt. In 1970, Raitt took a leave of absence from Radcliffe College to embark on her first tour — with The Rolling Stones. Needless to say, she did not return to school. Raitt’s soulful vocals and scathing slide guitar work have been praised by roots music aficionados for years.  Raitt has won 9 Grammy Awards and her newest album Slipstream has just been nominated for Best Americana Album.


Thursday, February 7, 2013
A key purpose of President Obama’s November trip to Asia was to help manage US relations with a rising China by strengthening ties with other Asian countries. In a new book titled The China Fallacy, Donald Gross argues that the United States can benefit economically from China’s rise, strengthen Chinese advocates of human rights and democracy, and avoid a new Cold War.  Then, Bob talks to Cuban trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval about his life, music, and fellow musicians.  He’s just been nominated for Grammys in Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement. Finally, Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny has won a stunning 19 Grammys.  He sits down with Bob to recount his over thirty five-year career and to discuss his CD Day Trip.  Metheny is nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Next, as a banjoist for The Punch Brothers, Noam Pikelny has helped expand the sound of bluegrass.  He earned the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music, and his second solo album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail is up for Best Bluegrass Album Sunday.  Pikelny joins Bob in the Sirius XM Performance Studio to discuss his work and play a few tunes. Then, Bob visits with the North Carolina ensemble Carolina Chocolate Drops. The band followed-up their 2010 Grammy-winning album Genuine Negro Jig with their latest CD titled Leaving Eden, which is now up for Best Folk Album.  Finally, the latest installment from our series This I Believe.
Monday, February 11, 2013

Robin Wright is a journalist, foreign policy analyst, and fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. After a recent trip to the Middle East, she joins Bob to discuss the second anniversary of the so-called Arab Spring, ongoing strife in Syria and Mali, and the tenure of Hillary R. Clinton as Secretary of State.  Then, children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater recommends two children’s books about crows, his favorite bird.  Pinkwater and Bob discuss Crow Boy by Taro Yashima and As The Crow Files by Shelia Keenan. 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bob talks with SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick, who just launched a new morning show.  “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick” will air live weekday mornings from 6 to 9 Eastern on Indie, SiriusXM channel 104. Then, today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of POWs from the Hanoi Hilton.  Major General John Borling was held captive for six and a half years in Hanoi and like many of his fellow prisoners; it was poetry that saw him through his darkest days. In a new book, Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton, Borling shares his story and writes about the poems he mentally composed and kept memorized during his incarceration. Borling and the other POWs used a secret tap code to communicate their poetry to each other through the prisons thick walls.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bob sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dave Barry to discuss his latest novel Insane City. Then, Martha Redbone joins Bob in the performance studio for a chat about her album of Appalachian folk songs set to the poetry of William Blake titled “The Garden of Love.”  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Writer and firefighter Zac Unger, his wife, and their three children moved to Churchill, Manitoba, “The Polar Bear Capital of the World,” so that Unger could, as he put it, “be a hero of the environmental movement.”  He charts his success and failures in his book Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic’s Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows.  Then, for over 20 years, illustrator and author Danny Gregory has created one personal illustration a day in addition to his regular work.  This habit guided him through the painful and shocking death of his wife Patti, a paraplegic who died in 2010.  He compiled his illustrations along with his and Patti’s story in his new book A Kiss Before You Go: A Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Next, No is a feature film about the unlikely but successful effort to oust Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from power in 1988.  Gael Garcia Bernal stars as the ingenious advertising executive who shapes the political campaign, providing a lesson in politics that all should know.  Bob talks to director Pablo Larrain about the Oscar-nominated film and how it relates to modern day politics.  Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
Monday, February 18, 2013

Today is President’s Day so we have Bob’s interview with Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph J. Ellis about his book, His Excellency: George Washington. Then, a presidential tie-in with this Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards:  Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field joins Bob to discuss her career and most recent role as the First Lady in the feature film, Lincoln, which has been nominated for Best Picture.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Linda Schearing and Valarie Ziegler talk to Bob about their book Enticed by Eden: How Western Culture Uses, Confuses (and sometimes Abuses) Adam and Eve. Then, How to Survive a Plague is a film that captures the plight of ailing activists who fought to save their own lives and six million others through the worst of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.  Filmmaker David France and advocate Peter Staley discuss the historical relevance of how HIV-positive patients forced government officials and health organizations to take up their cause and unite to tame the deadly virus.  It’s nominated for Best Documentary Film at Sunday’s Oscar Awards.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In 1964, Michael Apted began filming a group of seven-year-olds from very diverse socio-economic backgrounds in England. The idea was to explore the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Every seven years since he began, Apted returned — camera in hand – to examine how their lives were unfolding.   Now those kids are 56 years old and their lives are on display in the latest of Apted’s Up Series, 56 Up.  Then we have Benh Zeitlin, who is nominated for Best Director for his film Beasts of the Southern Wild for this year’s Oscars.  The film features break-out performances from new-comers Quvenzhané Wallis, who is up for Best Actress and Dwight Henry.  Beasts of the Southern Wild is also up for Best Picture.
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bob welcomes Kim Coles, known for her zany characters and outrageous sense of humor. Coles was cast member on the sketch comedy show In Living Color, starred in Fox’s Living Single, and also appeared in Frasier and Six Feet Under. She was recently on stage in a one-woman show Oh, But Wait. There’s More! Then, as one of the world’s most famous introverts settles in for his second term in the Oval Office, we look at the strengths and weaknesses of introversion with best-selling author Susan Cain.  Her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking is now available in paperback.
Friday, February 22, 2013

Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.  Next, Holly Williams’ grandpa is Hank Williams and her dad is Bocephus.  She talks with Bob about following in her famous family’s Americana musical tradition with her new album, The Highway.  Finally, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.