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12/31/2016


Bob Edwards Goes (Sorta) to the International Space Station

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:58 pm

As mentioned, another program dealing with space. Earlier this week I posted the show where Bob and two producers traveled to Florida to see the space shuttle Endeavor launch for a trip to the International Space Station. The following year on January 12th, 2009 Bob interviewed one of the crew members on that shuttle flight, Sandy Magnus, along with Commander Mike Fincke while they orbited the earth.

Being a fan of both the Edwards program and the space program, I couldn’t help myself…I recorded the interview video in real-time across the Net from the NASA feed and posted it to BobEdwards.Info. Below is that video…note that there is significant lag between question and answer, so be patient. Early on Commander Fincke, while Ms. Magnus answers a question, performs a slow graceful roll in the microgravity of orbit. It is a joy to behold…

I’ve also posted the program itself (click the “Play Now” link immediately after the description to switch to the audio player, or download to take with you on your next walk or jog), aired over a month later on February 20th, which also includes David Broder talking politics, NASA expert and NPR reporter Pat Duggins with an update on the agency, and film critic Ken Turan making predictions for the then-upcoming Academy Awards. The roadmap/script is down there, too, and this one is chock-full of prep work for the various interviews aired in the episode.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday February 20th, 2009: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Friday February 20th, 2009 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  Bob Edwards Interviews Sandy Magnus & Mike Fincke; January 12th, 2009: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/28/2016


Space Shuttle Night Launch

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:59 pm

On November 14th, 2008, the last nighttime launch of the Space Shuttle took place for mission STS-126 destined to the International Space Station for “home improvements,” and Bob along with producers Chad Campbell and Geoffrey Redick were there to talk to NASA expert and NPR reporter Pat Duggins about his book Final Countdown which chronicles the history of the Space Shuttle program, also a conversation with astronauts Catherine Coleman and Robert Satcher. Also check-ins with some of the may people who traveled from near and far to witness the event.

And of course Bob brings the sounds of the launch to the program as well. The program begins with the then-regular Monday visit by David Broder, and you’ll find prep for this conversation in the script also posted below.

One of the astronauts, Sandra Magnus, was merely a passenger hitching a lift to the ISS for an extended stay there. The following year, Bob interviewed her and astronaut Mike Fincke from the space station, and we’ll see that interview in a few days.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday November 24th, 2008: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday November 24th, 2008 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/23/2016


A Festivus for the Rest’f Us!

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:42 am

Happy Festivus!

As an almost annual event on The Bob Edwards Show this time of year, the interview with Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara originally aired December 23rd, 2004 was replayed; Jerry Stiller was the actor who portrayed George’s father Frank Costanza on Seinfeld (second actor to portray the role, actually - everyone forgets about John Randolph). The interview was designed to discuss Festivus, and aired in two segments for a total of 27:13.

But I thought I’d give you an extra treat on this Festivus…the original 42-minute unedited interview with Bob in the XM Satellite Radio studios in Washington D.C. and Stiller & Meara at The Radio Foundation in New York City, recorded in the studio to DAT and salvaged from the trash dumpster by Executive Producer Chad Campbell. In this unedited conversation, you will hear Bob disappear for long stretches while Stiller and Meara banter back-and-forth about many things having nothing whatsoever to do with Festivus; sometimes the only way to know he’s still there is his laughter in the background! If Bob thought of Studs Terkel as self-starting, these two were an entire cabaret act on the other end of a set of headphones!

So enjoy this tribute to the late Anne Meara and the wonderful Jerry Stiller, on this almost-special day-of-all-days. And while I know no one asked, my favorite line in this entire conversation is from Anne: “Do I look like a DRUUU-ID to you???”

And a personal note about that photograph; it’s a screen grab from a video tape shot by yours truly at the 2005 Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention in Newark, NJ. We were re-creating The Joe Franklin Show, and Joe got his friends Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller to stop by the hotel and guest on his program while I was running the convention’s video camera for Fred Berney. So I will forever be able to say, “I shot Stiller & Meara!”

icon for podpress  Raw Interview - Bob Edwards and Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara [42:06m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/19/2016


Rob Reiner and The Bacon Brothers on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:37 pm

Everything goes better with Bacon! (Ah, c’mon…I just had to!)

Today, some celebrity artists. The program of July 24, 2014 started out with actor/director Rob Reiner, and closed with The Bacon Brothers. In this case, I think the intro will do a much better job than I could:

Film director Rob Reiner is my guest today, a man whose credits include Sleepless in Seattle, A Few Good Men, Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and Stand By Me. Reiner’s latest film opens tomorrow. It’s titled And So It Goes and it stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton as next door neighbors. Rob Reiner will talk about growing up as the son of comic writer Carl Reiner and then starring in All in the Family, a truly historic and popular sitcom. And later in the hour, music by the Bacon Brothers, a six piece band fronted by actor Kevin Bacon and his movie composer brother Michael Bacon. The brothers have released seven albums. Their latest is called 36 Cents.

I’ve included the script; while missing the roadmap (that page at the beginning which times-out the show and gives overall segment information), it does include the “prep” for the Bacon Brothers interview. That’s the information provided to Bob by the assigned producer (in this case Brigid McCarthy); as Bob told me when I talked to him in September of 2015, he then uses those questions as a general guide, never fearing to take the conversation in new directions when the guest points the way to something interesting.

(There’s also a page in this script for an interview with Lonnie G. Bunch III which aired on the June 24th show that apparently got inadvertently shuffled-in.)

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday July 24th, 2014: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday July 24th, 2014 [59:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/15/2016


Helen Thomas

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:43 pm

Helen Thomas was a part of the White House press corps for decades, covering every president since John F. Kennedy. In 2007, Bob sat down with Thomas in her Washington office to discuss her long and impressive career; while after her marginalization by George W. Bush, this interview was recorded before she was a bit too honest about her opinions on actions by Israel. From the introduction:

First, our regular Monday political analysis from Washington Post columnist David Broder. Then we’ll hear from Helen Thomas, who’s been writing about Washington even longer than David has. Thomas was a White House correspondent for UPl from the beginning of the Kennedy Administration until seven years ago when she became a columnist for the Hearst papers. She still attends the White House press briefings, only now she shares her opinions and not her reporting. And Helen Thomas will offer many of those opinions on this program today.

Yes, this program begins with David Broder, and some of the conversation has resonance with the recent election. But the bulk of the hour is with Helen Thomas, grand dame of the Washington press corps.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday August 13th, 2007: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday August 13th, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/11/2016


Doc Watson on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:44 am

Ok, I have chosen this program as a “rerun” for possibly the oddest reason I’ve ever picked a show. I would love to tell you I selected it because the conversation with Christopher Caldwell on the Electoral College is timely even now. Or I could suggest that I thought hearing historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. talk about war and the American Presidency was a worthwhile listen. Of course, spending time with Doc Watson and hearing his picking style while having him explain its evolution is one of the many conversations on The Bob Edwards Show that unfortunately can never happen again.

But to be perfectly honest, last week I went to a Government Video Conference in the Nations Capital, and did a park-and-ride at the north-western-most Metro station on the Red Line. And ever since the moment I pulled into that station’s parking lot, I can not get Doc Watson’s performance of that song out of my head!

Script/roadmap included below; this copy is from a DAT salvaged from the trash dumpster by Executive Producer Chad Campbell, so the music sparkles! Regardless the reason I chose the program, enjoy!

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday October 15th, 2004: Download

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

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12/6/2016


Bob Edwards and Ken Nordine

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 5:15 pm
Geoffrey Redick, Ken Nordine, and Bob Edwards
Photo shamelessly stolen from BobEdwardsRadio.com

I suspect many of you lean towards the musical performance interviews…and of course I enjoy them too, but I have to admit many of my favorite conversations are radio-related. (This is no great surprise considering one of my other hobbies is old-time radio.) So this program selected from the archives is a natural, containing two of the most recognized voices in the country, Bob Edwards and Ken Nordine.

Nordine’s vocal work is amazing…that gravel-filled smokiness commenting on anything and everything with an underlying jazz beat demands complete attention. But I think Bob in the show puts it best:

Word Jazz Is much more than a guy talking over music. It’s words AND music, playing together… It’s wandering curiosity, wondering where your thoughts will go, tiptoeing around syntax and grammar, propelled by the beat, nudged along by THAT voice.

The conversation is free-ranging, eliciting history and observations as well as any Word Jazz. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Bob touring the home, and the mind, of Ken Nordine. Program script and roadmap from the archives also included below.

Listening to these two voices in conversation is, for me at least, the audio equivalent of “comfort food.”

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday February 7th, 2011: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday February 7th, 2011 [59:28m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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