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The Bob Edwards Show

January 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Bob talks with ABC News White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz about her book The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family. It’s her account of the April 2004 battle in Sadr City, Iraq that claimed eight soldiers' lives and wounded more than 70 others. Then, Bob speaks with Eric Klinenberg, author of Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media .

Wednesday , January 2, 2008

Bob spends the hour with veteran reporter Daniel Schorr, the last of Edward R. Murrow's legendary CBS team still fully active in journalism. Schorr talks about his legendary career interviewing the likes of Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro and tells the tale of how he ended up on President Nixon’s enemies list.

Thursday January 3, 2008

Bob talks with journalist Nina Burleigh about the world's first Egyptologists. In 1789 Napoleon Bonaparte led a group of French intellectuals and scientists to Egypt to bring "democracy to the Arabs." Burleigh's book Mirage is an account of a history we see repeating itself today. Then, for eleven years, Geraldine Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and her beat included some of the world’s hotspots -- Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. While reporting in Sarajevo, Brooks heard about a priceless six-hundred-year-old book that is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. It inspired her new novel People of the Book.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Bob talks to musicians Ben Eldridge, Dudley Connell and Fred Travers of the legendary bluegrass band The Seldom Scene. They discuss the history of the group, their unorthodox song choices and the unique culture of ‘The Scene.’ Their new album, titled ‘SCENEchronized’ is up for best bluegrass album at this year’s grammy awards. Then, Bob walks through the National Press Club with former president and unofficial historian John Cosgrove in celebration of the NPC's 100th Anniversary in 2008.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Bob's regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post is away, so Bob will talk politics with Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times. Then, Bob talks to Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Bellows travels around the globe and compiles a list of the 500 greatest trips the world has to offer. The list encompasses every continent and every possible mode of transportation, including the world's top 10 elevator rides.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bob talks with journalist and author Shannon Brownlee who likes to illustrate the hypocrisies in what she calls America's "medical-industrial complex." Brownlee’s book is called Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Then, as the presidential campaign heats up, Bob talks with political consultant Christine Pelosi about effective campaigning and successful public servants. Her most recent book is Campaign Boot Camp. And yes, she is the daughter of House leader Nancy Pelosi.

Wednesday , January 9, 2008

Bob talks to author Edward Renehan about the new biography Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt . It’s the first biography since the 1940s of Vanderbilt, the second wealthiest American of all time.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bob talks with David Anderegg about his latest book, Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them . Anderegg is a clinical child psychologist and explores the stereotyping of nerds and how it affects everyone at an early age. Then Bob talk to nutrition writer Michael Pollan about his book: "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto." Pollan is the author of New York Times bestsellers “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “The Botany of Desire.”

Friday, January 11, 2008

David Earnhardt is the writer, producer and director of the new documentary, 'Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections.' The film exposes weaknesses in the American election system that leave American votes open to exclusion, mishandling and manipulation. 'Uncounted' also provides suggestions for concerned voters to take action. Then, Bob speaks with James Sheehan about the transofmation of Europe from one giant battlefield to a peaceful continent. Sheehan's book is titled "Where Have all the Soldiers Gone?"

 

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then, David Frum might best be known as "Mr. Axis of Evil." He's credited with coming up with that infamous phrase while a speechwriter for President Bush. Frum says he was just a collaborator; his original suggestion was "axis of hatred." In his new book, Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, Frum argues that his party is suffering from intellectual exhaustion and that Republicans need to rethink some of their old dogmas. Frum is currently a senior policy adviser to Rudy Giuliani.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bob talks with Dana Milbank of The Washington Post . Milbank writes the popular and pointed “ Washington Sketch” column and his new book is Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes that Run Our Government. Then, Bob talks with Grammy winner k.d lang about her new album “Watershed.” A talent-of-all trades entertainer, Lang is known for her musical collaborations, her political activism, acting, and song-writing.

 

Wednesday , January 16, 2008

Bob talks with filmmaker Andrew Jenks about his documentary Andrew JenksRoom 335 . When Jenks was 19 years old, he moved into Harbor Place Assisted Living in Florida, to learn from and document his more age appropriate fellow residents. Room 335 airs on HBO on January 15, 2008. Then, Bob talks with David Anderegg about his latest book, Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them . Anderegg is a clinical child psychologist and explores the stereotyping of nerds and how it affects everyone at an early age.

 

Thursday, January 17, 2008

 Bob talks with director Alex Gibney about his new documentary called "Taxi to the Dark Side" which focuses on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.Then, Bob talks with first time novelist Tahmima Anam about her book A Golden Age . Set in East Pakistan in 1971, A Golden Age follows the story of a mother and her children caught up in the Bangladesh Liberation .

 

Friday, January 18, 2008

Bob talks to roving writer Tom Miller about his recent return to Cuba. Miller has made a trip there annually for the past 20 years and reports that the Cuban people have been pleasantly surprised since Raul Castro took over for his ailing brother Fidel. Then, we hear from Al Young, California’s Poet Laureate and the author of Something About the Blues. Young writes poetry with a blues sensibility and has traveled the world as a cultural ambassador for the US. He shares his thoughts on life, love, poetry and the blues.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Bob talks to historian John Hope Franklin about his autobiography titled, Mirror to America. The nonagenarian has been involved in some of the most important events in American civil rights history. He’s worked with Thurgood Marshall, served as the first black department chairperson of an American all-white college, and marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Then, Bob talks with filmmaker Bill Jersey about his documentary. “A Time for Burning” explores the civil rights issue from one of the least likely of vantage points--a white, middle-class congregation in Nebraska--and reveals some of the more powerful observations about race and equality to come out of the '60s.

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post .

Then, Bob talks with Frontline producer Rachel Dretzin about "Growing Up Online," an inside peak into the world of cyber-savvy teenagers. The PBS program airs tonight at 9:00 pm ET.

And finally, Bob speaks with sports media star Tony Kornheiser. He started out as a newspaper reporter and columnist but has branched out successfully into radio and television. 'The Tony Kornheiser Show' is back on XM Sports Nation, Channel 144.

 

Wednesday , January 23, 2008

Last month, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa began an investigation into whether some mega churches and televangelists violated their organizations' tax-exempt status by living large off of donations from their followers. Sarah Posner , a journalist for the American Prospect, writes about the prosperity gospel televangelists and their influence on Republican policy in her new book God's Profits .

Bob talks with actress Anamaria Marinca about her staring role in the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days. The film follows the story of Marinca's character in 1980's Romania, who helps her friend get an illegal abortion. The film won the Golden Palm at Cannes and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

Thursday, January 24, 2008

During the 9 months that Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca attended Columbia University in 1930 he wrote Poet in New York . Pablo Medina and Mark Statman , both contemporary poets, writers, and translators, rediscovered this work and were struck by the relevance of Lorca's poetry in post 9/11 America. Bob talks with both men about their new translation.

 

Friday, January 25, 2008

Jon Scieszka was recently named the country’s very first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He's also the author of several bestselling children’s books, including “The Stinky Cheese Man,” which won a Caldecott Honor medal, and he's the founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit literacy organization.

Writer and illustrator Brian Selznick's Invention of Hugo Cabret is easily the biggest book to ever win a Caldecott award. At over 500 pages, half of them illustrations, Selznick wrote a book about a boy living inside a Paris train station. Bob talks with Selznick about his recent win and about the marriage between illustrations and words.

 

Monday, January 28, 2008

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was nominated for the high court on this date in 1916. Bob speaks to two Brandeis scholars, Melvin Urofsky and Philippa Strum, about this country’s first Jewish Supreme Court justice. Then Bob talks to actor Alan Alda about some of the most memorable roles of his career. Today is Alda’s 72nd birthday.

 

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Today we bring back three interviews with authors recently nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards. First Bob talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Tim Weiner about the confusion and misdirection that pervades the Central Intelligence Agency. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA was nominated in the non-fiction category. Next, representing fiction, author Junot Diaz discusses his nominee – his debut novel is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 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 latest book - The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century - was nominated in the criticism category. (The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards will be announced March 7th.)

 

 

Wednesday , January 30, 2008

Newsweek correspondent Daniel McGinn used his own interest in real estate as a jumping off point to examine America's obsession with owning not just a home, but owning a big, extravagant home. Bob talks with McGinn about his book House Lust , and the price people have paid for their dream home. Then, Don Borchert has worked at a public library in suburban Los Angeles for more than 10 years. Borchert writes about the new cast of characters patronizing libraries in his book, Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library.

 

 

Thursday, January 31, 2008

After Tom McGuane published his second novel in 1971, he received some heady praise. McGuane went on to have a prolific literary career. His work includes nine novels, short fiction and screenplays, as well as three collections of essays devoted to his life out West.


 Friday, February 1, 2008 

Russell Banks is one of the most critically acclaimed and popular writers today. He’s twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and his novels The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction have been adapted as movies. Banks is known for writing about the difficult lives of working class people living in small towns, but he has a broad range, most recently evidenced by his latest novel, The Reserve . Bob talks with Banks about his long career. Then, it’s sports columnist King Kaufman and a Superbowl preview.