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1/23/2017


Ben Macintyre on his book A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:44 pm

One of the things I miss the most about not having The Bob Edwards Show is learning about books. Every week, authors appeared discussing their respective books allowing me a glimpse between the covers and the decision on what books to buy and enjoy.

I’m not sure how I missed this one; Ben Macintyre reviews l’affair Kim Philby through the lens of his friendships and entitlements. From the introduction:

Kim Philby was a spy. He was one of five Cambridge-educated men who ranked high in the British intelligence services while secretly passing information to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Philby did not betray just the United Kingdom. At one point he was posted to Washington and became good friends with some of the CIA’s highest officials. Philby might have been a better spy if everyone had not been a bit suspicious of him — including Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The Soviets remained skeptical even after Philby defected to Moscow in 1963.

Anyway, I missed reading this one. So after listening to the program this week, I picked up a copy and will be spending some quality time with it as soon as possible. What makes me a little sad is I don’t know what other excellent books have been released recently…

Script included below (no roadmap, I’m afraid).

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday August 26th, 2014: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday August 26th, 2014 [59:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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1/21/2017


Bob Edwards with Lemony Snicket

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:19 pm

If you haven’t checked-out the Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, I urge you to check it out - there is a general consensus that what the film got wrong, this series gets right. The show is based, of course, on the book series of the same name, written by one of the characters, Lemony Snicket - pen name of author Daniel Handler. In 2006 he was a guest on The Bob Edwards Show to discuss his adult book Adverbs - but there was much discussion about the author of the children’s book series, too.

Handler shares the program with novelist and critic Cynthia Ozick discussing her book of essays, The Din in the Head. Script/roadmap included.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday, June 13th, 2006: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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1/15/2017


Rafe Esquith on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 6:28 pm

This is the teacher I wish I had - while I did have some excellent teachers who made a powerful impression on my younger self, none were as completely passionate about teaching as this man. He appeared a number of times on The Bob Edwards Show, but this is his first appearance, discussing his book, Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire. His teaching methodology is pretty simple, really; “I know you can do this, so stop making excuses why you can’t and just do it.”

This program, from February of 2007, was well before his dismissal from the LA School District in 2015 - he was accused of odd and nebulous charges which he not only denies, but is taking to court. He is also suing the District in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the District of attacking older teachers close to retirement, to avoid paying pensions. And he has continued the Hobart Shakespeareans, promising Much Ado About Nothing this April.

So yeah, I’m a big fan who wishes I could attend that performance. Any time young people perform Shakespeare, the world becomes a little bit better place.

Script/roadmap included; first segment has Clive Crook talking about his Atlantic Monthly article The Ten-Cent Solution.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, February 8th, 2007: Download

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1/11/2017


The Bob Edwards Show in Margaritaville

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:21 pm

I haven’t posted a musical guest for a while, and as cold as it’s been around here lately, I can’t think of a better “warm-up” act than Jimmy Buffett, master of the laid-back relaxed summer night. From the program:

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi but grew up in Mobile — then Fairhope, Alabama — never far from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Back then he played trombone in the school band, if you could imagine such a thing. Buffet stayed close to home for college too, attending universities in Alabama and Mississippi, studying a bit of journalism before receiving his degree in history. Now he’s a popular singer-songwriter with highly devoted fans and he’s a VERY successful businessman ~ developing and running his own line of corporate brands. Buffett has million dollar homes in VERY posh locations - and flies himself on his own private plane from Key West to St. Bart’s … and to concerts around the world. But he still loves returning to the Gulf Coast. We spoke with Jimmy Buffett the day before his performance at the 2011 Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

So forget the cold weather, and spend an hour in that state-of-mind called Margaritaville! Program script/roadmap also included below for those who enjoy such.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday July 19th, 2011: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday July 19th, 2011 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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1/3/2017


Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:26 pm

I am frequently asked what my favorite Bob Edwards Show interview is. Truthfully, I have a favorite (someday, promise), but I have a lot that I listen to repeatedly, and this is one of them; an entire hour with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson broadcast in March of 2007. I have often remarked they should have paid this guy to show up quarterly and just talk about what’s new in science…the guy is so filled with passion about the cool stuff scientists keep discovering or predicting, just listening to him makes one feel good about the future. While he is wrong about Pluto (it’s grandfathered-in as a planet; that’s my story and I’m sticking to it), he is so right about everything else and so excited to tell you about it…

Besides, how many other people has Bob interviewed that not only has an asteroid named after him, but was named the sexiest living astrophysicist by People magazine?

Now-obligatory script/roadmap also included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday March 1st, 2007: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday March 1st, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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