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    • Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism

    • By: Bob Edwards
    • Narrated by: Bob Edwards
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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    Long before the era of the news anchor, the pundit, and the mini-cam, one man blazed a trail that thousands would follow. Reporting live from the streets and rooftops of London as Nazi war planes rained terror from the skies during the Battle of Britain, Edward R. Murrow brought the stark horror of war and the shock of breaking news events directly into American living rooms for the first time, and that was just the beginning.

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    • By D. Littman on 12-18-04

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Julie Schumacher and William Deresiewicz, September 4, 2014

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Bob talks to novelist Julie Schumacher about her new book, Dear Committee Members. It’s about a year in the life of a beleaguered, misanthropic English professor, told in the form of letters of recommendation he writes for his students and colleagues. Schumacher teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota. Then, Bob talks to William Deresiewicz about why people shouldn’t send their kids to Ivy League schools. His new book is Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, George Packer, Hany Abu-Assad, and Audre Lorde, February 27, 2014

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    New Yorker staff writer George Packer profiles the mystique and power of Amazon in his article “Amazon Is Good for Customers. But Is It Good for Books?” This article is in The New Yorker’s February 17 & 24, 2014 issue. Then, Golden Globe-winner and Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad’s (Paradise Now, 2006) new film, Omar, tells the story of a young Palestinian baker who spends his nights fighting against the Israeli military. Omar is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards and is in theaters now. Finally, our latest Black History Month moment shines a spotlight on poet and activist Audre Lorde

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, April 8, 2015

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    • Length: 56 mins
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    Even when we ask a work colleague or a close friend for an honest opinion, we often aren’t ready to hear what they have to say. To teach us all to become better listeners, Bob talks with Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, the authors of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Dave Goulson, Liza Johnson, and Kristen Wiig, April 14, 2014

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Conservationist and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Dave Goulson found his passion for bees as a young boy in rural England. His book, A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees, looks at why bees worldwide are declining and what we can do about it.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Sasha Abramsky and Chrystia Freeland, September 26, 2013

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Fifty years ago, in his book The Other America, Michael Harrington predicted that unless attention was paid to the widespread problem of poverty in the United States, another journalist decades later would end up writing about the exact same conditions that he had chronicled. And now, fifty years later, Sasha Abramsky has done just that. His book The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives tells the stories of real people around the country who are struggling to make it.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Sister Helen Prejean, January 7, 2015

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Bob talks with Sister Helen Prejean about her 2005 book titled The Death of Innocents which laid out the stories of two men who she believed were wrongly executed. Sister Helen also wrote Dead Man Walking which was turned into an award-winning movie by Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Prejean, a Catholic nun, has been fighting for the past 30 years against the death penalty.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Cameron McWhirter and David Margolick, February 5, 2015

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    From April to November 1919, white mobs led race riots and lynchings across the country, from Bisbee, Arizona to New York City. Attacks occurred in more than three dozen cities and by the end of it, hundreds of blacks were dead. Cameron McWhirter writes about this little-remembered period of history in his book, Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and The Awakening of Black America.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Tavis Smiley and Michael Eric Dyson, February 25, 2015

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    • Length: 56 mins
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    Bob talks with public broadcasting’s Tavis Smiley who takes a closer look at the final year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in his book titled Death of a King. It’s a book Smiley calls his “personal love letter to Dr. King,” but he also doesn’t shy away from writing about King’s flaws and mistakes. Then, Bob visits with Michael Eric Dyson to evaluate the fate of Black America over the past 40 years -- how it has advanced, where it hasn't, and how black leaders can best affect racial justice going forward. Dyson is the author of many books, including April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Andrew Blechman, Dave Goulson, and Peter Laufer, March 11, 2015

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Whether you hate them or love them, pigeons are everywhere. Bob talks to Andrew Blechman about his book Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird. Then, conservationist and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Dave Goulson found his passion for bees as a young boy in rural England. His book, A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees, looks at why bees worldwide are declining and what we can do about it.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Anthony Marra and Daniel Pinkwater, July 14, 2014

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Bob talks to Anthony Marra about his novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which has just come out in paperback. It was a New York Times bestseller when it was published in May 2013. This week it was shortlisted for the Pen Literary Award (for first fiction). The novel is set in a small village in Chechnya, a breakaway republic in southern Russia during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. During these years, Russian troops abducted anyone suspected of helping or sympathizing with Chechen separatists. Marra’s characters in A Constellation of Vital Phenomena are not the soldiers, or partisans in the war, but ordinary people doing whatever they can to survive in a war zone.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Jimmy Buffett, December 25, 2014

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Merry Christmas and happy birthday to Jimmy Buffett. He's like a pied piper, but with a guitar, leading his Coral Reefer Band and his legion of fans known as Parrot Heads. Bob visits with Buffett in the state of mind called Margaritaville to talk about the song, the commercial enterprises, the Sirius XM satellite radio channel and about his connection to New Orleans. We caught up with Buffett during one of our two trips to Jazz Fest and this hour-long conversation is our present to you.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Miriam Nisbet and Mahzarin R. Banaji, March 14, 2013

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    The “Freedom of Information Act” was passed when Lyndon Johnson was president. But LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony. He wasn’t keen on the idea of journalists meddling in the government’s business. Now this “right to know” is considered one fundamental rights of a democracy. We’ll look back on the history of FOIA with Miriam Nisbet, the Director of the Office of Information Services, the department that serves as the FOIA Ombudsman.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Father Gregory Boyle, October 23, 2014

    • By: Bob Edwards
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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Bob spends the hour with Father Gregory Boyle in East Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Boyle has helped thousands of gang members trade a life of violent crime for an honest day’s work. Father G-Dog, as he’s been nicknamed by the community, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to find and create jobs for ex-gang members. Homeboy Industries runs five businesses of its own, including a tattoo removal parlor, a t-shirt shop and a cafe. Ever since conducting this original interview with Father Greg in 2005, Bob has called it his favorite conversation.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Stephen Fry and Matthew Algeo, August 3, 2015

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Today we offer some inspiration as you try to squeeze in one more road trip this summer. Ever the Englishman, writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry traveled across the United States in a black London cab, visiting all 50 states to experience first-hand what makes America unique. Fry stopped in Georgia for Thanksgiving, marched in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, learned how to pick a banjo with hillbillies, and palled around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Tim O'Brien and Nick Turse, April 30, 2015

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    • Length: 56 mins
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    On this date 40 years ago, Saigon fell to North Vietnam, effectively ending US involvement in the Vietnam War. Like many young men of his generation, Tim O'Brien was drafted. He spent two years as an infantry foot soldier in Vietnam. Drawing from those experiences, O’Brien wrote a collection of stories he titled The Things They Carried. Twenty five years later, it’s regarded as a masterwork of war time impressions.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Pete Seeger and Studs Terkel, November 24, 2014

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    This week we are giving thanks for the interviews we conducted before it was too late. Pete Seeger was banned from American commercial television for more than 17 years, after topping both the pop charts and the Hollywood blacklist. Seeger wrote or co-wrote many of our most iconic folk songs and was still writing and performing into his 90s. When he spoke with Bob in 2008, Seeger was about to release a new songbook and the PBS program American Masters paid tribute to him with a show called The Power of Song. Pete Seeger died in January at the age of 94. Then we’ll remember Studs Terkel. In the spring of 2005 Bob traveled to Chicago and to Terkel's home to reminisce about his career as a writer, broadcaster, oral historian and story teller. Terkel was 96 years old when he died in 2008.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Andrew Bacevich, September 11, 2013

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    • Length: 57 mins
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    Andrew Bacevich returns to the program to discuss a book that was intended to be a conventional narrative history of U.S. civil-military relations since World War II. Instead, he was steered onto a different course by his conviction that our military system is broken and no amount of patriotic sentimentality can disguise it.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Sean Hemingway, Ben Eldridge, and Dudley Connell, August 11, 2014

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    Bob talks to Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, Sean Hemingway, about a new edition of Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises. Sean Hemingway compiled and edited this new edition, which includes deleted chapters and rare archival material. Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in l954, and died in l961.

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    • The Bob Edwards Show, Lisa Robinson and Jason Padgett, May 5, 2014

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    Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson knows something about rock and roll. As a long-time music journalist, Robinson has interviewed just about everyone in the business from Led Zeppelin to Michael Jackson to Kanye West. She writes about her experiences in her new memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll. Then, Jason Padgett acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia after he was attacked outside a karaoke club twelve years ago. He talks to Bob about his experience and his book, Struck By Genius: How A Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel.

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