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8/19/2017


The Poet Laureate of Radio with its Finest Interviewer

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 8:55 pm

Back in 2005, I took advantage of my contacts at the Bob Edwards Show staff to pitch an interview that I wanted to hear; Norman Corwin. Now understand, I have a pretty firm rule: if I can’t facilitate the connection, I don’t make the pitch. Saying, “You should interview So-and-So” is pretty useless if you can’t provide contact information for So-and-So, you know?

But in this case I had some connections (I had previously met Mr. Corwin, whose autographed photo you see here is one of my most prized possessions, worked on the committee of the Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention, and ran the largest gathering of OTR fans, the Internet OTR Digest), so I made the pitch to producer Andy Danyo, providing contact info, some recordings (including my favorite Corwin production, “My Client Curley”), and some suggestions; she and Bob decided to do the interview, and the result is what you will now hear, originally airing July 26th, 2005.

From the introduction:

This medium of radio was built on the backs of hundreds of pioneers who made it a popular source of entertainment and information. Some of them labored to keep a bit of radio on the high road, appealing to the better instincts of listeners rather than trying to score a vast audience by appealing to the lowest common denominator. Today you’ll hear from one of those. Norman Corwin wrote, produced and directed some of radio’s finest moments in the pre-television era. Corwin addressed American values through stirring dramas, but also entertained with a clever sense of whimsy.

With the events of the last week or two, I’ve been thinking of Corwin a lot, particularly his On a Note of Triumph; written to celebrate what was then believed to be the final and absolute defeat of the despicable Nazi Regime - who then could have imagined Charlottesville? I’ll be running that production on the tiny Old-Time Radio show I host with my daughter Kate, SummersTime the first week of September on Radio Once More.

A few personal notes: This program was the first time I heard Bob speak my name…surprising and thrilling, I have to tell you. Also, Andy doesn’t know this, but she made me weep the first time I heard this…one of the “drops” she used from On a Note of Triumph, beginning, “I’m a private first class in the army of one of the United Nations…if you don’t mind, there’s some things I’d like to ask,” was a friend of mine, an actor named Harry Bartell, who much later wrote a series of articles for the Internet OTR Digest called Struts and Frets — I urge you to read them, they are fascinating. Anyway, he had been gone a bit over a year at that point, and hearing his voice unexpectedly come out of my satellite radio induced tears of loss and remembrance.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday July 26th, 2005: Download

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8/13/2017


Music City Mondays - WSM, Air Castle of the South

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:38 pm

In 2010, The Bob Edwards Show instituted a short series they called Music City Mondays; programs recorded in Nashville, TN devoted to country music. Most of you know I am not a huge fan of the genre; the sound of a pedal steel guitar is to me what fingernails on a chalkboard is to you. And yet, oddly, country music singers tend to be some of my favorite interviews…sitting the possibly-bogus twang aside, they do tend to be awesome storytellers.

But this show has less to do with country music than it does with radio history, so naturally I’m immediately sucked in. Bob’s introduction:

Today we’re telling the story of one of the country’s great radio stations. WSM in Nashville went on the air 85 years ago and started a program called the WSM Barn Dance that ultimately became the Grand Ole Opry—the longest-running radio program in history. WSM is The Legend—the Air Castle of the South—a fifty thousand watt powerhouse—and the only clear channel station in the eastern United States that is still playing music. It’s reach is so great that it’s one of those stations the federal government would use in a national emergency. And yet its Opryland studios were flooded this year, forcing the staff to work from the site of the station’s distinctive broadcast tower.

That’s where we went to bring you today’s program.

The show begins with Craig Havighurst, author of Air Castle of the South: WSM and the
Making of Music Citv,
and then a tour of the transmitter facility itself with, among others, Chief engineer Jason Cooper.

As I have before, I’ve combined the CD copy of this program from the archives with the original recording I made from the on-line stream so you can have better audio quality and the original promos as aired at 9:00am EST December 6th, 2010. For more on the trip, and a photo slideshow, check out this post at BobEdwardsRadio.com

I hope you enjoy this look at one of the biggest radio stations in the country, produced by Chad Campbell. Oh, I am pleased to report Mr. Campbell survived his close encounter with the killer transmitter…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday December 6th, 2010: Download

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7/30/2017


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.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, July 27th, 2006: Download

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7/24/2017


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.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday August 23rd, 2007: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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7/20/2017


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.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday October 4th, 2010: Download

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6/29/2017


Jane Elliott and Alex Gibney on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:05 pm

I am doing something here I have never done before…I’m posting a “Best of Bob” re-broadcast.

A very smart guy suggested two guests for inclusion here on the blog, and since there just happened to be a “BOB” with both guests which aired on April 17th, 2007, here we go. First up, filmmaker Alex Gibney. He was quite probably the Edwards Show “most-frequent flier,” having appeared eleven times (excluding rebroadcasts!) discussing his various films. In this visit, originally broadcast May 31, 2006, he’s discussing his documentary, “The Human Behavior Experiments.”

In the second half, Bob’s guest is Jane Elliott who in 1968 separated her all-white third grade class by eye color to help them understand what discrimination feels like first hand. This interview first aired September 31, 2006.

And both of these are Chad Campbell productions.

Side note: This rerun is something of an oddity; there is no script/roadmap in the archives (even for BOB shows, there is usually a roadmap, and frequently new open/close voicetracks), and it has no date in the open (both the 16th and the 18th, as well as others I spot-checked in the month are dated). This implies to me this may have been an “evergreen” program, a show produced from interview rebroadcasts held back at-the-ready in case something goes wrong. This type of program has other names; “pocket” show, or my personal favorite, “oh-sh*t” show.)

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday April 17th, 2007 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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5/29/2017


Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, dies at 78

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:46 pm

From The Washington Post: Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, dies at 78

To even try to list the accomplishments of this sportswriter would take too much space, space I’d rather devote to the man himself. Most of us who aren’t sports fanatics first met Deford on Morning Edition, and he quickly became one of the few sportswriter this non-fan actually looked forward to hearing.

In 2012, Bob Edwards sat down with him in the studio to discuss his memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. He was introduced:

After sixteen books about other people—both real and imagined—Frank Deford has finally written one about himself. A member of the sportwriters hall of fame, Deford has written about every athlete worth knowing about for the last fifty years. He is probably the most widely respected sports journalist alive today-but also a novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster. He is the senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, appears on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and is heard each Wednesday on NPR’s Morning Edition. His memoir is titled Over Time.

The poignancy now of Bob’s last question, one Deford clearly appreciated, is both filled with reflection and completely uplifting. The program starts with Diana Henriques on her book The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, but the bulk of the hour contains one more visit with Frank Deford…script/roadmap included.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday May 22nd, 2012: Download

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5/23/2017


Bob Edwards and an hour with Carol Kaye

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:02 pm

If you don’t know the name, you do know the music. From California Girls through Wichita Lineman to Twelfth of Never, her playing was and is inescapable. She is frequently credited with having worked over 10,000 studio sessions, played on countless television themes (Mission: Impossible comes immediately to mind), and was part of The Clique, a group of studio musicians who traveled from studio to studio making everyone from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa sound good.

Bob Edwards first spoke to her in 2000 while at NPR, where their conversation was cut to eight minutes to fit in a segment of Morning Edition. But here, Bob spends an hour with the “First Lady of Bass” to take a master class on the history of music in the second half of the Twentieth Century from someone who helped make that history.

But here’s the show introduction:

Hello and welcome to The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday, March 11th, and an hour with Carol Kaye—jazz guitarist by night—teacher and session bass player by day. She played on scores of hits beginning back in the day when session players got no written credit on the album jacket. That’s Carol Kaye’s bass line on “Good Vibrations” and a bunch of other Beach Boys tunes. As a session player, she might record with Frank Zappa or the Righteous Brothers, then go directly to another recording session and play for Frank Sinatra or Barbra Streisand. Based in Los Angeles, she got plenty of TV and movie work also. Every time you watched M*A*S*H or Mission Impossible, you heard Carol Kaye.

For this file, I did more work than I usually do. I personally recorded the program on the airdate of March 11th, 2009 from my XM radio, but the quality of the program wasn’t terribly high. In the archives of the program, I found a CD of this show without the original commercials (which themselves stand as something of an historical document, showing that satellite radio at one time had style and class). So I overlayed the CD segments on the original audio to give you the best of both worlds.

And if that isn’t enough media, don’t turn off your player when Bob signs off…I’ve added a little more than a half-minute of never-before-heard audio from the DAT backup of the raw interview, also from the archives, that begins when Bob is leaving the National Public Radio Culver City studio…

Oh, yeah, script/roadmap included as well.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday March 11th, 2009: Download

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5/21/2017


Paul Thorn

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 7:54 pm

Paul Thorn is a favorite of listeners to The Bob Edwards Show, and not just for his musical talents. The guy has stories, and a distinctive way of telling them. He’s been on the program a bunch of times, and was even the subject of the first “Backstage with Bob” podcast…but the first time he appeared on the program was March of 2008, with this introduction:

“Washington Post columnist David Broder begins our week with his Monday political analysis. The rest of the program today belongs to Paul Thorn, a onetime professional boxer who survived seven rounds with Roberto Duran. Fortunately, he still has enough teeth to be a highly-regarded singer/songwriter, composing such gems as “Mission Temple Fireworks Stand,” “Burn Down the Trailerpark,” and “I’d Rather Be a Hammer than a Nail.” The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Paul Thorn made his music debut as a three-year-old on tamborine at his daddy’s revivals. But he’s left the tent for clubs and theaters promoting his new cd titled, “A Long Way From Tupelo.”

So first we’ll hear again the late David Broder, and then the rest of the hour with fan favorite Paul Thorn.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday March 17th, 2008: Download

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5/16/2017


Happy Birthday; Studs Terkel talks to Bob Edwards

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 5:01 pm

To celebrate the host’s birthday, here is an interview with another birthday boy…Studs Terkel was interviewed by Bob Edwards at his home in Chicago, IL for this broadcast aired July 29th, 2005. I’ll let the introduction explain:

Hello and welcome to The Bob Edwards Show for Friday, July 29th. Broadcaster and Pullitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel is the man of the hour-for the full hour-and it’s hardly enough time to cover the life and career of a 93-year-old American institution. Studs is such a talker that people are comfortable talking with him. Fortunately, he’s a good listener too and his conversations have produced fascinating oral history books about life in the past century. Studs Terkel also knows that one pays a price for speaking out, but trying to silence him would be like trying to stop the wind from blowing through Chicago.

Script/roadmap included below. Some additional links:

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday July 29th, 2005: Download

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4/30/2017


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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4/1/2017


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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3/19/2017


Jimmy Breslin, Legendary New York City Newspaper Columnist, Dies at 88

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 11:03 am

From The New York Times: Jimmy Breslin, Legendary New York City Newspaper Columnist, Dies at 88

Back in 2008, Bob Edwards in Washington, D.C. and Jimmy Breslin in New York sat down for a conversation about his book The Good Rat: A True Story; but as was usual in Edwards’ interviews, there was much more than just the book, with much of Breslin’s long career in journalism examined. From the introduction:

Sammy the Bull and Jimmy the Clam are not just characters in a book-they are real people who Jimmy Breslin has known and written about. Breslin is the Pullitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist who once wrote a novel called The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. His new book is called The Good Rat: A True Story. It’s about a witness who testified against his fellow gangsters and lived to tell about it.

Script/roadmap from the paper archives included.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, February 28th, 2008: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday, February 28th, 2008 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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3/13/2017


Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 51

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 6:55 pm

From the New York Times: Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 51

Earlier this month, Ms. Rosenthal published a piece in The New York Times titled, You May Want to Marry My Husband. Anyone who has faced cancer with a loved one, or indeed anyone with a pulse, cannot help but be moved reading that article, especially armed with the knowledge it is her last published work. But to celebrate her life and the gusto with which she lived it, I suggest listening to this 2012 conversation with Bob Edwards, a conversation held long before the diagnosis in 2015 that devastated the family, a conversation filled with joy and contemplation. From the introduction:

Best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal has made a score of books for children. For the rest of us she’s made short videos you can see on YouTube. And though she says she’s on sabbatical, one suspects she’s making something else somewhere. For most of the next hour, she’s right here describing her missions—her connections with the universe-including the video called 17 things I made and the invitation to the general public to join her in a park and make an 18th thing. Rosenthal discusses creativity, getting something out of nothing, and why she does the things she does.

Script/roadmap included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday October 16th, 2012: Download

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3/10/2017


Bob Edwards talks to Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:55 pm

There is a whole lot of great music represented in this photograph…

On The Bob Edwards Show, music and the musicians who create it played a huge role. Here, Bob in the Washington, D.C. studio talks to Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and David Crosby in the New York Sirius Studios about their then-recent release Demos. But of course with these three guys, the conversation travels decades of musical history, with lots of drops to remind us of the many high points of their careers.

In some ways, this interview harkens back to happier times…the men are not nearly as close now as they were when this program aired.

In the last segment, Bob talks to Martin Goldsmith about the 149th birthday of Gustav Mahler. Script/roadmap included below for purists.

Bob also chatted separately with Graham Nash, and twice with David Crosby, so I think I’ll run those programs in the coming weeks.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Wednesday July 8th, 2009: Download

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3/6/2017


Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Bob Edwards Show Redux

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 12:31 pm

Here is another entire program with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, this time broadcast in April of 2013. 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. If you haven’t heard the earlier show I posted, make sure you give that one a listen, too.

Now-obligatory script/roadmap also included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday April 9th, 2013: Download

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2/28/2017


Jake Shimabukuro and his Uke

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 6:36 pm

This is one of the favorite guests on The Bob Edwards Show, a young man who can take the ukulele, an instrument many of us think of as nothing more than a tiny guitar, and wring amazing sounds out of it. This interview, which originally aired on the Ides of March in 2011, is a full-show conversation with this virtuoso. From the introduction:

Jake Shimabukuro is back on the program today and we admit he has multiple fans on our staff. For one thing he is just a very nice, likeable young man. But it’s also impossible to ignore his impressive virtuosity on his musical instrument of choice—the humble ukelele. Something about the instrument makes us smile. Perhaps we regard it as a toy guitar. Or maybe it conjures up scenes of frat party sing-alongs in the 1920’s. Whatever, a uke is a fun thing. And in the skilled hands of Jake Shimabukuro, it can make fabulous music. Jake’s repertoire is all over the musical spectrum and he seems to favor challenging material—as we will hear for the next hour.

Script/roadmap included below. And a belated thanks to the show for the present!

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Tuesday March 15th, 2011: Download

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2/19/2017


Derek Jacobi on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 5:02 pm

I love actors. As someone who studied the art a few lifetimes ago, I love listening to actors discuss their process. In this interview originally aired in June of 2012, Derek Jacobi discusses his classical stage work, film roles, and of course what is probably his most famous role, the stammering title character in the BBC television production of I, Claudius.

From the introduction:

All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts. Those words from Shakespeare’s As You Like It apply to my guest today, Sir Derek Jacobi, one of the most celebrated and respected actors of our time. And while he’s performed all the great Shakespearean roles, Jacobi’s breakthrough came in 1976 when the BBC adapted two Robert Graves novels into a serial drama called I Claudius. He enjoyed more TV success as Brother Cadfael, a 12th century monk with a talent for solving mysteries. Derek Jacobi on his long and distinguished career for the full hour today.

Of course, script included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday June 18th, 2012: Download

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2/10/2017


Carl Kasell on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:16 pm

Quick apology…things around Chez Charlie have been rather hectic of late, and I haven’t had the time to get archived shows posted. I rectify that and attempt to make up for my absence by replaying an interview with one of the finest broadcasters ever - Carl Kasell. In early 2010, shortly after Carl retired from the daily newscast, he sat down in the studio with Bob for an awesome conversation. From the introduction:

Today’s guest may have been the hardest working man in the news business. Carl Kasell was an NPR newscaster for decades and it’s possible that no one will ever speak more words into an NPR microphone than Carl. Those were literally well-chosen words, too, for Carl’s judgement and experience informed his work every day. His was a signature voice of NPR News, and while he’s left daily news programs as of last week, he’ll continue to serve NPR in other ways we’ll discuss over the next hour. And, of course, nothing I’m telling you is colored by his being a very close friend—and until I meet a nicer one–Carl Kasell gets my vote for nicest human being I know.

Personally, he has my second-favorite voice in radio; with Bob Edwards he encouraged without realizing it my lifelong interest in news, and the team became the most recognizable voices I’ve ever known. And once you hear the conversation here, you’ll agree that these two guys should go on-the-road with a two-man show and just talk. Until then, enjoy this conversation produced by Chad Campbell and taken from a CD rescued from the offices, including the script/roadmap from the paper archives.

And yes, before you ask, the Carl Kasell Bobblehead pictured here is the one discussed in the studio, the one that sat in the Edwards Show offices. Holding the Bob Edwards Show archives has considerable advantages…since I’ll never win his voice on my answering machine, maybe I can get him to sign it one day.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday January 7th, 2010: Download

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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).

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