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The Bob Edwards Show

May 2007

Monday, May 14, 2007:   Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post. Then, Bob talks to former Senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley . He believes that Americans are being told a false story about this country. He offers a different one in his book, The New American Story .

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007:   Today Bob revisits his conversation with Reyna Grande about her novel Across a Hundred Mountains . It tells the story of Juana, a 12 year old Mexican girl and Adelina, a Mexican-American woman, whose paths cross unexpectedly as Juana tries to make her way to America. Then Bob talks with Nando Parrado about his book Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home . Parrado was one of the Uruguayan rugby players whose airplane crashed in the Andes Mountains in 1972. The survivors did their best to keep warm and had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive. Both books come out in paperback today.

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Wednesday , May 16, 2007:   We bring back Bob’s interview with Studs Terkel to honor his birthday today. In spring of 2005 Bob traveled to Chicago and the home of the now-95 year old Terkel to reminisce about his career as a writer, broadcaster, oral historian and story teller. Terkel won a Pulitzer Prize for The Good War: An Oral History of World War II.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007: Bob and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum discuss the lack of communication between blacks and whites in America and the psychological and cultural impacts on the young generation. Dr. Tatum is author of Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. Then Bob talks to sportswriter Frank Deford about his new book The Entitled: A Tale Of Modern Baseball.

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Friday, May 18, 2007: Bob talks with film director Hal Hartley about his new action/thriller “Fay Grimm,” a continuation of the story told in Hartley’s 1997 movie, “Henry Fool.”

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Monday, May 21, 2007: Bob talks politics with regular Monday guest David Broder of The Washington Post . Then Bob talks to Congressman Charlie Rangel . During the Korean War, Rangel led a battalion of 40 men out of a Chinese Army encirclement during three days of freezing weather. Nearly half his men died in the overall battle and Rangel was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Fifty years later, Rangel told CBS News that "since Kunu Ri — and I mean it with all my heart, I have never, never had a bad day." That's where he got the title of his new book, “ ...and I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since : The Memoir of Charles B. Rangel's Journey from the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007: Bob talks to William Langewieshe (Lang-uh-vee-shuh) a bout his new book The Atomic Bazaar . It’s about the drift of nuclear weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. Then Bob talks to Stephanie Nolen about her new book 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa. For the past six years, Nolen has traced AIDS across Africa. Now, through 28 stories—one for every million Africans living with the disease today—Nolan chronicles the lives of those directly involved with the African AIDS crisis.

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Wednesday , May 23, 2007: Bob talks to columnist Melinda Henneberger (HAN-uh-burg-er) about the complex opinions American women of various social, political, economic, and racial backgrounds have about politicians in the United States today. Henneberger interviewed hundreds of women across the nation and has written about her experience in If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear . Then Bob talks to Marina Nemat (NAY- maht) about her imprisonment in Iran's most notorious prison. Nemat was arrested and sentenced to death for political crimes as a 16-year-old girl. She writes about that experience -- and her forced marriage to one of her jailers -- in Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir .

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 : Bob talks to Nikki Giovanni , one of America's most outspoken poets who says she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." At the Virginia Tech Convocation commemorating the massacre on that campus, Giovanni closed the ceremony with a chant poem that included the lines, "We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on. We are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech..." Giovanni taught the Virginia Tech shooter in a poetry class and threatened to resign if he was not taken out of her class.

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Friday, May 25, 2007: 45 years ago, Rachel Carson wrote the controversial book Silent Spring and helped launch an environmental movement. To recognize Carson’s 100th birthday , Bob talks with Diana Post , executive director of the Rachel Carson Council. Then, in this edition of our regular feature with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress , Bob talks to Tom Weiner , a historian with the Veterans History Project. Congress created the VHP in 2000 for the purpose of collecting and preserving the personal recollections of U.S. wartime veterans. It is the largest oral history archive in the nation with over 50,000 testimonies.

Monday, May 28, 2007: To celebrate Memorial Day, we bring back Bob’s interviews with veterans and former presidential candidates Bob Dole and George McGovern.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007: Bob revisits his conversation with novelist and critic,Cynthia Ozick about her book of essays. In The Din in the Head, Ozick investigates works of Leo Tolstoy, Saul Bellow, Helen Keller, Susan Sontag and others. Her book comes out in paperback June 2. Then Bob speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike about his novel Terrorist . It's the story of an Arab-American teen in northern New Jersey who becomes alienated from his peers and falls under the sway of a radical cleric. His book comes out in paperback today.
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Wednesday , May 30, 2007: Bob talks to Cuban trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval about his life, music, and fellow musicians. His new cd, “Rumba Palace,” features ten new compositions that highlight the trumpeter’s Latin side.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007 : Bob talks to Native American author and comedian Sherman Alexie. His newest book is Flight , the story of an orphaned Indian boy who travels through time. Then we hear from cowboy poet Baxter Black. And finally, Jonatha Brooke began her career in the 1980's as one half of the folk duo The Story. In 1994, she went solo to great critical acclaim. Bob talks to Jonatha about her career and her new album "Careful What You Wish For."

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Friday, June 1, 2007: Bob talks to actors Andrew & Elizabeth Shue about their new movie “Gracie.” Set in 1978 and inspired by real life events in the Shue family, "Gracie" is the story of a sixteen year-old girl who fought for and won the right for girls everywhere to play competitive team soccer. Then Bob talks to filmmakers Molly Bingham and Steve Connors about "Meeting Resistance" -- a series of interviews with Iraqi insurgents in Baghdad.