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Happy Birthday, Alton Brown!

Filed under: Television, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:49 pm

To celebrate the birthday of a good friend I have never met, listen to this episode of The Bob Edwards Show from July 28th, 2006. Oh, c’mon…everyone who has enjoyed Good Eats considers Alton Brown a good friend, someone with whom you’d expect to enjoy a self-crafted beer, laughing about the mistakes you made leading up to the awesomeness you are now drinking.

Mr. Brown visited the program to promote his then-new program Feasting on Asphalt, where he traveled across the country enjoying true road food - no fast-food joints for this trip, all great food, some unusual. As Bob said in his introduction:

For most people, road food is nothing more than a number 3 combo ordered through a loud speaker. Alton Brown thinks that’s a shame. So, the trained chef and popular host of the show “Good Eats” on the Food Network, hit the back roads of America to sample authentic road food -from burgers to barbeque to pickled pigs feet to authentic Indian Curry. He rolled his cameras too, creating a special documentary series he’s calling “Feasting on Asphalt.” The first episode airs this Saturday on the Food Network. Brown decided to cross the country on his motorcycle. He says there’s no better way to experience the road.

This program begins with Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks on his book Fiasco, and ends with author Jeff Goodell talking about his book, Big Coal, but like the peanut butter and jelly between two slices of fine bread, Alton Brown entertains in the middle of this show.

Script/Roadmap included; note there is prep material for two of the interviews. Also, this program aired the day before the program’s very first documentary. Truly a team effort, this program was directed by Geoffrey Redick, and produced by Jim Rosenberg, Steve Lickteig, and Andy Danyo Kubis.

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Songs of Insects with Wil Hershberger & Lang Elliott

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:06 pm

One of the things about The Bob Edwards Show is that it dealt with pretty much everything…from film, to music, to news. As long as there was powerful audio, it showed up at one time or another on the program.

But bugs?

You bet’cha. Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger are the authors of The Songs of Insects and visited the program in August of 2007 to promote not only the book but the insects themselves. The book contained a CD of insect sounds, sprinkled liberally throughout the interview…they sound so real, you’d swear it was summertime in this country! Oh, wait…

Anyway, the first guest in this program is the Reverend John Buehrens talking about his book Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals, then we’ll hear a cacophony of nature sounds from Wil Hershberger and Lang Elliott.

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David Broder on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 9:59 pm

From the very first program, David Broder was a fixture. The very first guest, he and Bob discussed the upcoming election and other political issues; and I, of course, came to depend on Mr. Broder’s weekly examination of politics on The Bob Edwards Show. I frequently referred to, “my favorite segment of my favorite show,” a not-to-be-missed start to my work week. Not being good with change, I never did quite get used to hearing him on Friday mornings instead of his Monday appearances.

But on the program’s sixth anniversary, October 4th of 2010, Bob sat down in the studio to discuss not politics, but David Broder. The hour is a fascinating retrospective of an incredible career, and we can be grateful this interview took place, because it wasn’t long after that Mr. Broder was no longer with us.

From the introduction:

Today our little radio program is six years old and we thank you for sustaining us through these hard times. So to celebrate our entering a seventh year, we happy few, we band of six brothers and four sisters devote the full hour to the man who has been an important part of our history.

Washington Post columnist David Broder was my first guest on our first show back in 2004 and he has been analyzing politics for us every week of our existence. Broder is the Pulitzer Prize-winning dean of Washington political reporters going back to the Eisenhower years of the 1950’s. That’s before our current President was even born in Hawaii or Kenya or Venus or wherever the wingnuts are saying this week.

So sit back and let Bob Edwards guide you through a retrospective of the career of David Broder, Dean of the Washington Press Corps.

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