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8/29/2016


RIP Gene Wilder

Filed under: News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 6:14 pm

From CNN: Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka,’ dead at 83

On March 16th, 2007 Bob Edwards interviewed journalist Ken Silverstein, actor Richard Dreyfuss, and the late actor/author/comedian Gene Wilder - what a day! From his introduction:

I’ll talk with Gene Wilder, one of our best comic actors ever, and he too has headed in a new direction. The onetime screen collaborator with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor is a writer now. His first novel is titled, My French Whore: A Love Story.

They talk about the book, Gilda Radner, Wilder’s career, and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. I’ve included below the broadcast from March 28th, 2007, and the accompanying script.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday March 28th, 2007: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday March 28th, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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7/2/2016


RIP Elie Wiesel

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 8:16 pm

From CNN: Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, dead at 87

In 2007, Bob Edwards hosted Mr. Wiesel for a full hour conversation. From the introduction:

My guest today is Elie Wiesel, a man who has spent nearly his entire life bearing witness to the worst that people can do to other human beings. Wiesel was just a boy when he was imprisoned by the German army, first at Auschwitz in southern Poland, then at Buchenwald in Germany. Thirteen years passed before he could write about it. When Wiesel’s generation passes, no one will be able to give a first hand account of the Holocaust. Perhaps that will cheer the Holocaust deniers—which currently include the President of Iran. Earlier this year another denier physically attacked Wiesel in San Francisco.

The complete program is below, along with a copy of the script used during the program.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday July 25th, 2007 [51:51m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday July 25th, 2007: Download

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5/17/2016


Guy Clark: Country songwriting legend dead at 74

Filed under: News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:53 am

From Cleveland.com: Guy Clark: Country songwriting legend dead at 74

Back in March of 2005, Bob Edwards sat down in the studio for a conversation with Mr. Clark to talk about his folk and blues influences, his childhood in Texas and his friendships with Jerry Jeff Walker and Townes Van Zandt; that program is available for listening or download below.

In 2010 as part of the “Music City Mondays” series, Bob went to Mr. Clark’s home in Nashville to take a tour and chat about his career, his music and his handmade instruments (photo provided by Chad Campbell over on the right). That show is also available below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday March 7th, 2005 [59:17m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday, November 29th, 2010 [52:04m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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4/10/2016


RIP Arthur Anderson

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News — Charlie Summers @ 1:13 am

Derek Tague reports the passing of Arthur Anderson, best known for Let’s Pretend, The Mercury Theatre, and as the original voice of the Lucky Charms Leprechaun.

I will be posting audio and video later today. He was not only an OTR celeb, he was a good friend to my entire family.

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4/6/2016


Merle Haggard Dead: Legend of Country Music Was 79

Filed under: News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:49 pm

From The Hollywood Reporter: Merle Haggard Dead: Legend of Country Music Was 79

Back in 2006, Bob Edwards spent an hour interviewing Merle Haggard; the interview aired Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 and is included complete below - feel free to listen right here on the page, or use the Download link to take a copy with you in your MP3 player.

But as an additional way to honor Mr. Haggard, I’m also including the raw interview contained on one of the DATs (Digital Audio Tapes) rescued from the dumpster by Executive Producer Chad Campbell. For this interview Mr. Haggard was in the studios of KFPR/KCHO, North State Public Radio in Redding, CA and Bob was in the XM studios in Washington, D.C. So you get to hear the, “Hello…?” I have become so accustomed to hearing when listening to these raw interviews. You will also, should you listen to both, begin to understand a bit better the work of a radio producer. The producer can take a mediocre interview and make it good; in this case, turn a fascinating interview into extraordinary radio.

Bob didn’t surround himself with good producers, he held out for excellent ones - listen to the credits at the end of these recordings, and give them the thanks they so richly deserve. And to give credit where credit is due, this interview was prepared and crafted by Producer Andy Danyo Kubis.

While I’m at it, I’m also including a PDF of the roadmap and script for the broadcast…with all this, you can almost imagine what it was like to roam the studio halls…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday February 8th, 2006 [52:04m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  Bob Edwards interviews Merle Haggard - Unedited [56:58m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  Roadmap & Script for The Bob Edwards Show of Wednesday February 8th, 2006 : Download

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3/5/2016


“Prince of Tides” author Pat Conroy dies at 70

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:00 pm

From the Los Angeles Daily News: “Prince of Tides” author Pat Conroy dies at 70

Mr. Conroy was the guest of The Bob Edwards Show twice, once in late 2010 and again in early 2014. In December of 2014, Executive Producer Chad Campbell and Bob aired an hour containing the meat from both appearances, which I’ve posted below. Feel free to listen here on the page, or hit the “Download” link to take a copy along with you.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday December 9th, 2014 [52:04m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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2/19/2016


Obituary: Harper Lee

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:14 pm

From the BBC: Obituary: Harper Lee

Last year, Executive Producer Chad Campbell put together a compilation episode of The Bob Edwards Show containing two interviews; Mary McDonagh Murphy discussing her 2010 book Scout, Atticus, & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Charles Shields on his 2006 biography Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. I’m including that show below; you can listen to the program right here on the page, or download a copy to take along with you to listen later.

Rather a shame that Bob will never be able to have a conversation with her.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday April 18th, 2015 [51:11m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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2/5/2016


Copy to close down. I am annoyed.

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 9:53 pm

Copy, the Barracuda file-storage and sharing system, is closing down on May 1st of this year. I am not amused.

Ok, I admit, I didn’t use Copy for my personal stuff. Considering that I have 2 TERABYTES of free cloud storage at Baidu, 10 TERABYTES at Tencent, more than 57 TERABYTES at 360 (that is more than the hard drive space I have accumulated over these many decades!), and theoretically unlimited storage space at Lolabits, I have other places to store my stuff. Problem is, these sites are not in English, and so would be intimidating for my friends and clients to use. (Me, I have no problem if the Chinese government listens to my backups of The Bob Edwards Show, or looks at my vacation photos…I mean, it’s better than the NSA, after all.)

But others may not be so comfortable navigating systems in non-English languages. So I need to find an alternative. Problem is, like I said, I need something clients and friends will be comfortable using. I’ve started researching the alternatives, but am a little saddened to realize that some of the systems I have space on (Tresorit and SpiderOak, for example) no longer provide free accounts of any size, or have time-limited accounts, which is even worse IMHO. Once I choose a replacement based on ease of use and decent space allowances, I’ll post here. Meantime, I been working on replacements, for those (like me) who collect cloud storage space like some people collect bubble-gum cards. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.

I admit I always thought that Copy was relatively safe, having Barracuda behind it. But clearly it was a mistake to trust Copy from the outset…imagine how embarrassed I am that family, friends, clients, subscribers to the Internet OTR Digest, and everyone else I touted the company to is stuck with a useless product that will be eating their files come May-day.

Let me ask you, Barracuda, what do you think the odds are that those of us who are IT professionals will recommend any of your products in the future?

I’ll be posting results of all my testing soon…

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2/3/2016


Bob Elliott, master of satire, dies at 92

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:09 pm

From The Washington Post: Bob Elliott, master of satire, dies at 92

I’m missing –ally Ballou already.

Back in 2008, Bob Edwards talked to Elliott about his long career and partnership with Ray Goulding. The show is available below; you can listen right here on the page, or download a copy to take with you.

Elliott is the guest in the second half, with Arianna Huffington Bob’s first guest.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday May 6th, 2008 [51:51m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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1/24/2016


Snow Day…

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 11:06 pm

A couple of pics from today’s snow day, and the two members of the family who refused to help with the shoveling.

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Making progress…

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 10:18 am

Yes, I can now see my driveway…

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1/23/2016


Frelling Winter Wonderland…

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 1:28 pm

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1/14/2016


Alan Rickman, Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ films, dies at 69

Filed under: News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:51 pm

From CNN: Alan Rickman, Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ films, dies at 69

Back in December of 2007, Bob Edwards had a conversation with Mr. Rickman from Bush House in London discussing his role in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and other work throughout his career.

As far as I can tell, this interview hasn’t been repeated since that Christmas Eve; but of course I recorded the program, and include it below - you can play it directly on this page, or click the “Download” link to take a copy with you in your phone or media player. Enjoy!

 

icon for podpress  Bob Edwards Show for Monday, December 24, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/1/2015


Rafe Esquith vs. Goliath

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:59 pm

If you are interested in education at all, you really need to educate yourself on the battle between famed teacher Rafe Esquith and the Los Angeles Unified School District:

From The Washington Post: The outrageous treatment of one of the nation’s most outstanding teachers

From CNN: Teacher Rafe Esquith files $1B suit vs. L.A. schools

Just wow. I hope Mr. Esquith teaches the administration of LAUSD a few lessons, and not with the gentle persuasion he uses on his students, but with the iron fist of the just.

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9/25/2014


Pennsylvania woman blamed for her own rape

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 6:27 pm

From CNN: Pennsylvania woman blamed for her own rape

Any idea how embarrassing it is to constantly read idiotic headlines like this one with my state in them? Honest to goodness, this stupid nonsense makes me want to move.

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9/10/2014


Bob Edwards Show Ceases Production

Filed under: News, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 12:10 pm
P-Dog Outside the Washington, D.C.-based Studios

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog (and I thank you both) have met my daughter’s stuffed prairie dog, P-Dog, before…he’s quite the little traveling companion, and this time he went with me on Monday to the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. for my final visit to the XM Satellite Radio studios. (Yes, the merged company is named SiriusXM - but for this piece I’ll stick to the sign behind P-Dog.)

My purpose in the visit was to, bluntly, find out what the devil is going on with the show. Between the speculation last month reported by Politico, and the announcement I quoted last week, something certainly is. Where better to find the answer than at the source?

I should warn you, this post is going to randomly swing in two different directions; legitimate reportage discussing the future (or lack thereof) of the show, and simple fan-boi excitement at being around the crew that has kept me thinking every morning for the past decade. I apologize in advance for not being a totally dispassionate reporter, but by warning you up-front, you should be able to easily separate the two. Also, I will carefully note some things I have inferred from the conversations - some of the most interesting sections of conversations can be the silences and what prompts them.

After checking in with the guard’s station (and the merry mixups that entailed), producer Chad Campbell led me through the building to the office suite bracketed by the photographs of Edward R. Murrow and Red Barber. A quick hello to executive producer Ed McNulty and we were in Bob’s office.
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9/5/2014


The End of The Bob Edwards Show?

Filed under: News, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:57 am

For a few decades now, I have started my mornings with Bob Edwards talking to me, slowly leading me into my day by kicking my brain into gear, gently forcing me to think. The idea that this will stop, to be blunt, simply terrifies me.

Still, Bob made an interesting announcement on September 3rd, transcribed below, which certainly sounds like the show has been cancelled, at least so far as new production is concerned (while SiriusXM continues to leech off existing recordings for the foreseeable future, and feeding PRI reruns for Bob Edwards Weekend). I am desperately trying to find out what the h*ll is going on, but my usual sources are understandably prohibited from discussing the issue.

I’ll keep digging, and will report anything I can as soon as possible. Until then, let’s enjoy this month’s programming.

[Cue Original Theme Music, which made my head snap around towards the speakers] In just a few weeks, this program will celebrate its tenth anniversary…ten years since the production team became satellite radio pioneers. What was then XM Radio was excited about finally having a million subscribers. Today the merged SiriusXM has more than 25-million subscribers. In those ten years The Bob Edwards Show has delivered more than five thousand long-form interviews…conversations, actually…plus a dozen documentaries that have won numerous national awards for journalism and broadcasting. Beginning Monday, September 29th, this show will be the place where you can find all your favorite interviews from a decade of conversations.

We hope you’ll enjoy hearing them again. I am deeply indebted to the talented people who have served as my producers, the ones whose names you hear at the end of each program. They have worked hard to make this final month before the change something special.

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6/26/2014


High court: Police need warrant to search cell phones

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:27 am

From CNN: High court: Police need warrant to search cell phones

I admit, I’m a little surprised considering the bent of the Court to erode civil rights in the name of “law enforcement.” But I am pleased to know that it will be more difficult for police to review the photos on the cell phone of my daughter’s cat should I be arrested for littering or loitering.

And before you say, “I’m not a criminal, I will never be arrested,” read this page and then rethink your position…

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5/30/2014


Hey, AP Radio News - Try a Fact-check? Ok, Gender-check?

Filed under: News, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:39 am

Listen to the enclosed AP Radio News brief, recorded at 11:01 AM this date, at about 2:29 to hear this amazing quote:

…Harper Lee and his “To Kill a Mockingbird” are history…

(Emphasis mine, of course.)

Also, they might want to straighten out whether “author and book-title” is singular or plural; check the weird discrepancy between Steinbeck and Lee. I would have used possessives to force the book’s title to be singular, but I’m not a well-paid news anchor, so what do I know?

(*shrug*) If news organizations can’t get it right, or at least try to get it right, what hope do we have for anyone else? No wonder most kids today can’t string together an agreeing noun and verb…

icon for podpress  AP Radio News, May 30, 2014 11:01 AM [3:00m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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4/3/2014


Microsoft makes Windows 8.1 mouse-friendly

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 10:42 am

From CNN: Microsoft makes Windows 8.1 mouse-friendly

Am I the only one saying, “What the devil took you so long?”

(FWIW, I will never buy a smartphone or tablet with Windows on it. Who needs the blue screen of death on a mobile device?)

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