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October 2010


Friday, October 1, 2010

David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, most of us assume that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is an obviously fictional tale that came from the imagination of the Bard.  But first time novelist Anne Fortier discovered that the tale of the star-crossed lovers was actually based on a historical event from 14th century Sienna, Italy and not fair Verona.  Her novel Juliet mixes the historical details with her fictional tale of a young woman in contemporary times.   Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Hillary Salans Kambour.  She grew up in San Francisco as a Giants fan, and now lives in Miami, where she also roots for the Marlins. Kambour is an appellate counsel and director of legal training for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, which represents abused and neglected children in court.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Six years ago today, The Bob Edwards Show went on the air for the first time. After hundreds of shows and thousands of interviews, Bob marks our sixth birthday by talking with Washington Post columnist David Broder. He’s been offering his analysis of the news to our audience since the beginning of our show, but for this conversation, they take a step back and discuss Broder’s long and storied journalism career.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

To celebrate National Book Month, we will spend every Tuesday in October looking at the successes and problems of our national library system.  Current American Library Association president Roberta Stevens discusses how libraries have changed over the past 20 years, and shares  librarians’ struggles to meet the community’s growing demands even as library budgets are being slashed all over the country.  Then, library historian Matthew Battles gives the then and now of world libraries, from the famed library at Alexandria to the genesis of modern public libraries.  He is the author of Library: An Unquiet History


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sam Quinones is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. There was the “Tomato King” who illegally immigrated to the United States, then later ran, illegally, for mayor of his hometown, Jerez. There was the Oaxacan Indian family who ran an international drug ring using their native language for decades to trick the police. And there was Antonio Carrillo, who worked in the United States just long enough to avenge his father’s death. Quinones discusses the history and culture of Mexico and how it intensifies our border relations today. Quinones is the author of Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Smithsonian Institute Secretary Wayne Clough and curator Terry Erwin walk Bob through the world’s largest insect collection—35 million specimens—at the National Museum of Natural History, and share some of the remarkable stories of how this collection came to be.  Secretary Clough also talks with Bob about the history of the Institute, and what is in store for the future of Smithsonian. Finally, we revisit the life of James Smithson, benefactor of the Smithsonian Institution with Heather Ewing, author of “The Lost World of James Smithson.”


Friday, October 8, 2010

David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, Oscar nominated filmmaker Charles Ferguson’s documentary Inside Job gets behind the scenes of the economic crisis of 2008.  Through interviews with politicians, journalist, and the movers and shakers of the financial world, Ferguson pieced together what caused the global financial meltdown. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Attorney Djenita Pasic.  She and her family settled in Louisville, Kentucky, after Serbian forces laid siege to her hometown of Sarajevo for over three years. Pasic now runs her own international business development and legal consulting firm, and she is active in peace-making and civil liberty issues.


Monday, October 11, 2010

This Columbus Day we celebrate by dipping into the archive to bring back Bob’s interview with James Reston.  He explains how pivotal the year 1492 was in his book Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors. Then, journalist Allison Hoover-Bartlett became friends with both a rare book dealer and the thief who stole from him as she investigated the eccentric book thief, John Charles Gilkey.  Her book The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession ties all of their stories together, and offers a glimpse into the exclusive world of book collectors.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Continuing our series “Shhhh… Libraries at Work!” today’s program focuses on how libraries—and reading—can enact change in the lives of patrons and readers, even when change is difficult.  Glennor Shirley is the Library Coordinator for the Maryland Correctional Education Libraries and organizes prison book clubs, family literacy programs, and author visits for the thousands of prisoners living in the Maryland State penitentiary system.  Then, we’ll examine an alternative sentencing program in Fairfax County, Virginia, where offenders report to the local library instead of the local jail.  Facilitator Katie Strotman joins Bob to discuss Changing Lives through Literature. 


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

David Rakoff describes his latest book of essays Half Empty as a look at “the positive side of pessimism.” Then, Bob talks with Edge of Sports host Dave Zirin about news in the world of sports.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Every year, it’s estimated that 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school.  At that point, the young adults without social security numbers aren’t able to work and most aren’t able to pursue college.  In Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth, Anne Galinsky chronicles the lives of these young people and their struggle to get authorized to live in the country they call home.  Then, Isabel Castillo soared through public schools, graduating high school with a 4.0 GPA, but her prospects for a career in social work have come to a near halt.   Castillo doesn’t have a social security number because her parents crossed the border and brought her to Harrisonburg, Virginia from Mexico when she was six years old.  Bob visited the rural community to talk to Castillo, her friends, and teachers to discuss why they support the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act), which would help young students on a path to citizenship.


Friday, October 15, 2010

David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, Jovan Mosley spent six years in a holding cell for a murder he didn’t commit. He confessed to the crime after intense interrogation and sleep deprivation.  In Long Way Home, Laura Caldwell, one of the lawyers who worked on Jovan Mosley’s case, tells his horrifying story and uses it to expose problems in the judicial system. After working on Mosley’s case, Caldwell founded Life After Innocence, an organization that helps people exonerated of crimes get a fresh start.  Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Joe Reagan.  He is the president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the chamber of commerce and economic development organization in metro Louisville, Kentucky. Reagan previously served as an executive with the Rockford, Illinois chamber of commerce, and worked in marketing and radio broadcasting.


Monday, October 18, 2010

American jazz icon Gerald Wilson started his professional music career in 1939, playing trumpet for the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra.  Since then, over the course of his seven decade career, Wilson has had great success as a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, writing music for and playing with jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Bobby Darin, and Ray Charles, to name a few.   


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Continuing our series “Shhhh… Libraries at Work!” today we focus on that dwindling institution, the school library.  Although hundreds of studies show that students who have access to a full-time, fully-staffed school library perform much better academically, school librarians across the country are getting the axe.  We’ll visit a middle school in Laurel, MD where the librarian is pulling out all the stops to get students reading.  Gwenyth Jones has turned her library into the coolest place in school by using technology— even (gasp) television – to get kids interested in reading and learning.  Then, Keith Curry Lance studies the impact school libraries and librarians have on student achievement.  Lance is the founder and long-time Director of the Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library and the University of Denver.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Writer Steven Johnson examines how to formulate a creative environment in his new book Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation.  From Charles Darwin to Google, Johnson attempts to link the social and scientific patterns that fostered “moments of originality.”  Then, Mark Vonnegut is a pediatrician working in the suburbs of Boston. He also happens to be the only son of the late writer Kurt Vonnegut. And, he used to be insane. Vonnegut has suffered four psychotic breaks in his life, but it’s been 25 years since the last one. He shares stories about growing up, and cracking up, in his new memoir Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

This spring we produced a documentary called Kansas to Kandahar about the training of one Human Terrain Team before their deployment to Afghanistan.  The team fulfilled its mission of helping military commanders there better understand the local population.  Now we’ll hear how their training prepared the team for deployment. AF7 team leader John Foldberg and team members Jared Davidson and Kristin Post join Bob for an update.  Then, Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration and is current the Professor of Public Policy University of California, Berkley.   His most recent book After-Shock: The Next Economy and America’s Future offers a new analysis of the economic crisis and a plan for how to get us out of it.


Friday, October 22, 2010

David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, Bob talks to James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis, authors of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Carol Besse.  She is the co-owner of Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky, which was named Publisher’s Weekly bookseller of the year in 2009. A native of New Hampshire, Besse is an avid birdwatcher and an advocate of supporting local businesses.


Monday, October 25, 2010 

John Adams worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office when he and fellow lawyers teamed up to form a grassroots environmental group, which began with a layer of soot on a windowsill in New York City.  The Natural Resources Defense Council now has more than 1.2 million members and 350 attorneys with a mission to protect the earth.  John and his wife Patricia Adams discuss their new book, A Force for Nature: The Story of NRDC and the Fight to Save Our Planet.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We finish off our series “Shhhh… Libraries at Work!” by exploring the library’s role in society. Why does the library hold a special place in our hearts? Who should determine what books are on— and off—the library shelves? And what happens when the “public” library becomes “private?” The trend to privatize public libraries is growing but when it happens, communities often fight back. We’ll talk to Stephen Klein and Jackie Griffin, two librarians who are fighting to keep their counties from outsourcing their public libraries. Then, we talk with Barbara Jones, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The OIF tracks formal requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book’s content. The last word in our series goes to author Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a frequently challenged book in public & school libraries.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010  

Bob talks with Robin Nagle, who has one of the more interesting jobs out there. She’s the anthropologist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation, a position she’s held since 2006. When she’s not studying the city’s trash, Nagle directs the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU. Then, as October comes to a close, Steve Winick and Nancy Groce present scary songs and stories for Halloween from the archives of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, initially planned to write a book about “postracial” America after President Barack Obama’s election in 2008.   As Norris began to research America’s racial past, she was surprised to discover that her real story was much closer to home.  Her book is titled The Grace of Silence.  Then, book critic Laura Miller dishes on fall books and what titles are worth your time as the days grow shorter. 


Friday, October 29, 2010 

David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, Bob talks with David Kindred, author of Morning Miracle. The book is an insider’s account of the workings of the Washington Post. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Robin Mize.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works with individuals, couples and groups. She writes about learning to respect differences in political opinions, saying she is uncomfortable with the mob mentality of marches and protests.