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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Edwards

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:59 pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman sat down with Bob Edwards sometime in October of 2005 to talk about his then-new film Capote as well as his entire career. The men spoke for over fifty minutes, and the poignancy of Hoffman talking about the things he wanted to do as he got older is in retrospect rather painful. In this case, I decided to share with you the raw unedited interview instead of the hour-long broadcast.

My friend and final Executive Producer Chad Campbell cringes a little every time I run a raw interview…they are after all called “raw” for a reason, and in the hands of a skilled producer the rough conversation becomes a polished gem. You will hear small errors that were smoothed-over in the produced piece. There are audio clips from various films added to punctuate the conversation. And you probably don’t even realize the magic a good producer can create using the, “internal edit” - by carefully removing hesitations, false-starts, and other imperfections common in everyday conversation, the interviewee becomes to the ear insightful, intelligent, and confident. (If you don’t believe what internal editing can do, re-listen to the final Bob Edwards Show, where with the internal edit Mr. Campbell managed to make even me sound bright.)

So why run this without the polish? Because I am slowly listening to all of the audio rescued from the salvaged DATs (Digital Audio Tapes) rescued from the SiriusXM dumpster, and recently heard this one. Holding the archives, and the wonderful things that were salvaged before the show ended, gives me in this case the opportunity to take you back to 2005, sit you down on the control room couch, and let you listen in on Bob and Philip in conversation as-it-happened in studio. This is not to minimize the work producer Phil Harrell added to this for the polished broadcast aired the 28th, but to show that while some interviews were quite literally disasters Bob had to be thrilled to finish, some sound more like two guys sitting at a bar over a drink talking shop. Yep, there will be some mistakes…but I think the information you’ll gain is worth an occasional “um…er…,” and I hope you’ll enjoy this relaxed conversation with a very interesting guy unfortunately no longer with us.

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Rebecca Skloot and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Filed under: Television, Films and Video, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 10:54 pm

Over 60 years ago, doctors took cells from a cancer patient in Baltimore. She died soon afterward, forgotten to everyone except her family. But her cells became immortal and famous – known as HeLa. HeLa cells were the first to grow reliably in a laboratory, and they’re still the most widely used today. They’re responsible for everything from the Polio vaccine to gene mapping. They’ve ridden into space and into oblivion on atomic weapons.

The Oprah Winfrey-lead film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premiers in a few days on HBO…but in 2010, Bob Edwards spent an hour with the author of the book on which this film is based, Rebecca Skloot, hearing the story of the woman from whom HeLa cells were taken without permission, and what happened to her family after she died. From the program introduction:

For sixty years, scientists all over the world have conducted research using Hela cells. They’re called Hela cells because they came from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. The scientists know the story of the cells, but not many have bothered to ask about Henrietta’s story. Well Rebecca Skloot did-and she spent ten years researching the life of a 30-year old African American mother of five who died of cervical cancer in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 1951. It would be another 25 years before Henrietta’s children learned about the involuntary contribution their mother left to medical science—a legacy that continues today.

Script/Roadmap also included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday February 8th, 2010: Download

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Don Rickles, lightning-fast launcher of comic insults, dies at 90

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 2:20 pm

From The Washington Post: Don Rickles, lightning-fast launcher of comic insults, dies at 90

I say this with all love and respect, having been a fan of your work for as long as I can remember: “Get outta here, you Hockey Puck!”

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Rupert Holmes and Bob Edwards In Conversation

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:41 pm

I know, I know, I’ve been derelict in my duty to post shows…what can I say, working for a living keeps getting in the way of the important stuff. ;) (And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

Rupert Holmes is known for a lot of things…for example, he wrote the preeminent pop tune, The Pina Colada Song. In my hobby, Old-Time Radio, he is beloved for creating the television program Remember WENN, although I will personally never forgive him for the confusion he caused turning the sound effects artist’s name into a pun. He’s written theater works, including his The Mystery of Edwin Drood where the audience completes the story. From the introduction:

Today we’ll explore the many incarnations of a very talented man. Rupert Holmes wrote top-40 songs back in the day when a band might exist only in a studio for several hours. Holmes became a producer for Barbra Streisand and others, then had a hit of his own with the Pina Colada Song. Still bigger successes followed - an Emmy for the nostalgic TV show Remember WENN - and several Tonys for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Now Rupert Holmes wins Edgar Awards for the mystery novels he writes-complete with companion cd. The latest is titled “Swing.”

On October 13th, 2005, The Bob Edwards Show broadcast Rupert Holmes as the sole guest for the full hour. Please enjoy this conversation with a very interesting man - of course, the script/roadmap from the paper archives is here as well.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, October 13th, 2005: Download

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