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11/30/2016


Donovan on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 6:33 pm

You know, going through and cataloging the material from The Bob Edwards Show offices is a little like an archeology dig, a little like a sociological study, and sometimes just a little strange - I mean, think about how odd it would be to watch someone else go through your desk. One day I will post detailing some of the more…odd…discoveries (like the pink ceramic cat, for example). But when I came across this unopened disc, I just had to listen to the program from October 16th of 2013 with guest Donovan.

If you don’t know Donovan you are either under twelve or just got here from a lifetime in Siberia. Donovan is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; a member of the “British Invasion,” but a poet who whispered instead of shouting. From the introduction:

The British music invasion of the 1960’s wasn’t all Stones, Beatles and Kinks. It also included the softer voice of a Scottish folksinger named Donovan. Catch the Wind was his first big hit, followed by a nice cover of Universal Soldier, then Mellow Yellow, Sunshine Superman and Hurdy-Gurdy Man-enough hits to land him in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Donovan is here today to talk about his latest album titled Shadows of Blue.

Included in this program is a conversation with Dean King, author of Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival which tells the stories of the thirty women who were part of The Long March undertaken by the Chinese Red Army in 1934. But the bulk of the show is with the introspective, soft-spoken and absolutely fascinating Donovan.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday October 16th, 2013: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday October 16th, 2013 [59:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/26/2016


Eugene Robinson - Raw!

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:07 pm

With the death of Fidel Castro, I considered running the very first Bob Edwards Show which included guest Eugene Robinson talking about his book, Last Dance in Havana: The Final Days of Fidel and the Start of the New Cuban Revolution. And I suspect I will eventually run that first show here on the blog, but…

Today I’m going to do something I haven’t done before; I’m going to run the raw, unedited interview conducted August 25th, 2004, taken from a DAT recorded in-studio and salvaged from the dumpster. This is not quite what you’re used to hearing; there are no music drops, no internal editing to remove the fits-and-starts that accompany any interview (remember, Bob has an entire control room talking to him in his ear). And you can tell the entire crew is still new to the place…Bob still doesn’t have a light to read his notes, and takes a moment just to find the studio light switch.

But there is more conversation between the two friends than made it to air…and it’s obvious from the relaxed atmosphere that these guys are comfortable with each other and just enjoying the conversation. So with apologies to segment producer Phil Harrell and the promise of running the original production another day, join me sneaking into the studio control room door, sit with me on the arm of the couch behind the producer and recording engineer, and listen to the conversation between host Bob Edwards and author Eugene Robinson.

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11/19/2016


Running - No, the Good Kind, with Christopher McDougall

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:38 am

If you are as sick of people running for office as I am (and after this past exhausting campaign, how can you not?), I thought it might be interesting to learn about people who run just for fun. In 2009, Christopher McDougall visited The Bob Edwards Show and talked with Bob about his book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. From the intro:

Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run, a book that both examines and celebrates running in ways none other has done before. McDougall makes running interesting even to those of us who wouldn’t run unless bad people were chasing us!

This interview is after a chat with Martin Smith about the Frontline documentary, “The Madoff Affair.” Remember when Bernie was the worst scandal in the headlines? Ah, we were so innocent back then…

Entire program and script/roadmap posted below. If there’s a guest interview you’d like to hear again, just let me know in the comments.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday, May 12th, 2009: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/15/2016


Mose Allison, jazz-blues musician, dead at 89

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 8:53 pm

From The Washington Post: Mose Allison, jazz-blues musician, dead at 89

In October of 2004, on only his second show for XM Satellite Radio, Bob Edwards visited with Mose Allison. From his introduction:

Mose Allison doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about his place in music history. Record companies never got rich off his sales. None of his tunes ever reached the top of the charts. Still, Allison’s legacy is confirmed every time an admirer like Bonnie Raitt or Pete Townshend covers one of his songs. And there have been many. Allison credits his signature blend of jazz, blues and lyrical wit to his upbringing in the Delta town of Tippo, Mississippi.

That’s in the last segment of the program; this copy of the show came from a DAT recorded in-studio, which is why it sounds so good. Also, of course, I’ve included the program script/roadmap.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday October 5th, 2004: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday October 5th, 2004 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/13/2016


Mary Roach Tackles the Afterlife

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:11 pm

My winter cold is in full bloom (I usually have one cold every winter that lasts from November to April), and so naturally I am thinking about…death. ;)

Mary Roach, a prolific author and frequent guest on The Bob Edwards Show, visited in 2005 to talk about her book Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. From the show open:

One new book appropriate to the season is Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and its author Mary Roach joins me to talk about the soul. Over the years, people have tried to determine where the soul resides, can its weight be measured, and where does it go when the body meets its end.

This conversation is after Sam Tanenhaus, then editor of the New York Times Book Review, makes some suggestions of books that deserve attention. The complete show is posted below - this version is from a CD that was lying around the offices, so while it’s missing XM commercials the quality is pretty awesome! And of course the program script/roadmap is included here as well.

Please feel free to let me know what other programs/guests you’d like to hear in the comments.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday November 1st, 2005: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday November 1st, 2005 [57:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/11/2016


Obituary: Robert Vaughn

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 3:04 pm

From the BBC: Obituary: Robert Vaughn

I knew him as Napoleon Solo, my daughter as Albert Stroller. We will both miss him.

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Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter of love, death and philosophical longing, dies at 82

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:52 am

From The Washington Post: Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter of love, death and philosophical longing, dies at 82

Bob Edwards sat down in the studio with Leonard Cohen in 2006, and devoted a full hour to the man who crafted one of the finest lyrics of all time, Hallelujah. To remember and honor the man, I’ve included that show below along with the now-obligatory program script and roadmap. You may listen to it here with the built-in player, or download a copy and take it with you in your media player.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday, May 26th, 2006: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Friday, May 26th, 2006 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/9/2016


Wall of Interview - Bob Edwards and Mick Brown

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:35 am

I need some music.

In 2007, Bob Edwards spent some time with Mick Brown about his biography Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector. From the show introduction:

Phil Spector was a popular music genius, turning out hit song after hit song from the 50’s into the 70’s-from the Teddy Bears to the Beatles. His wall of sound as one the most distinctive features of early rock ‘n roll—for us boomers, it was the sound track of our formative years. But Spector was also a very troubled fellow who liked to play with guns—and now finds himself on trial for murder in Los Angeles. My guest today is Mick Brown…

Show script also included below, and the interview producer, Ed McNulty, included lots of musical clips to punctuate the conversation. And as always, let me know if there’s a guest you’d like to hear again!

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday June 12th, 2007: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday June 12th, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/7/2016


RIP Former Attorney General Janet Reno

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:54 am

From CNN: Janet Reno, first female US attorney general, dies

In September of 2007, Bob sat down with Ms. Reno, but this wasn’t a political discussion, rather one about music. From the show introduction:

I’ll talk with former Attorney General Janet Reno and music producer Ed Petterson. They have collected versions of popular songs that reflect the scope of American history. Reno hopes the three-cd set will be a teaching tool.

To remember Ms. Reno, the entire program is posted below, along with, of course, the show script.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, September 27th, 2007: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday, September 27th, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/4/2016


Gene Weingarten on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 10:18 am

I need a break from the election.

On August 5th, 2010, Bob Edwards spent an hour with The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten - a serious, and seriously funny, guy. There isn’t much here about public policy writ large, but the entire conversation touches you, me, and everyone else in the small ways that make us human.

The obligatory “from the show introduction:”

Gene Weingarten writes what is—more often than not—a humor column for the Washington Post. But no one laughed at the story he wrote about children dying of hypothermia in car seats after being left there by unthinking parents. That story won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. So did another story in which Weingarten had world class violinist Joshua Bell pose as a busking fiddler in a Washington DC Metro station. That episode provided the title of Gene Weingaten’s collection of columns in book form—The Fiddler in the Subway.

We’ll spend the hour talking about his early years doing the traditional journalism of covering fires and city council meetings-leading to what he does now—finding a few laughs in a dreadfully serious town.

So take a break with me from the weirdness of this year’s election, and listen to a conversation with someone who finds people fascinating. And yeah, the show script is here, too…what good is having all this historical awesomeness if I can’t share it?

(And please let me know what guests you’d like to hear again.)

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday August 5th, 2010: Download

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11/1/2016


The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 10:46 am

While James Comey’s FBI is under scrutiny, I thought we’d look back to another era, the days when J. Edgar Hoover ran the FBI with an iron fist, instilling fear in the hearts of citizens and politicians alike. In 2014, Bob Edwards interviewed John and Bonnie Raines and reporter Betty Medsger of the Washington Post; from the introduction:

…I’ll talk with John and Bonnie Raines who have finally come clean about a crime they committed in 1971. They were among the burglers who broke into the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, stole the files and gave them to reporters and members of Congress. The files exposed illegal FBI actions against anti-war dissidents and civil rights activists. We’ll also hear from Betty Medsger of the Washington Post who wrote stories based on those files. Her new book on the burglary and the files is titled The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.

All that is after a conversation with Los Angeles Times Washington columnist Doyle McManus discussing NAFTA in a much more civilized way than in the recent political campaign, and a short look at poet and activist Amiri Baraka.

If there are any shows you’d like to hear again, just let me know!

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday February 21st, 2014: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Friday February 21st, 2014 [59:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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