This Weekend


If the American people collectively will suffer when independent journalism disappears, should Federal money be spent to save it?  John Nichols of The Nation magazine and media critic Robert McChesney lay out their multi-billion dollar plan to resuscitate the American press in their new book The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Albert Guerard. He came to America in 1906 and served as an Army intelligence officer in World War I. He later taught French and comparative literature at more than a dozen colleges and universities, including Stanford and UCLA, and he wrote twenty-eight books.




Preservation Hall is located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter and was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe.  The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed with the pioneers who invented jazz including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, pianist Sweet Emma Barrett, and others.  Over time, Ben Jaffe assumed his late father’s role as director of Preservation Hall.  He talks about the band’s history, post-Katrina New Orleans, and their latest CD which features Pete Seeger, Tom Waits, Steve Earle and more.


Justin Townes Earle is the son of acclaimed singer & songwriter Steve Earle, but he’s quickly establishing his own name in the music business.  He’s released his second album called Midnight at the Movies and recently won the Americana Music Association’s award for New & Emerging Artist of the Year.





2 Replies to “This Weekend”

  1. Hi,

    I am always disturbed when I hear, public broadcasting, (or former public broadcasting) personalities complain about the pay scales in this medium. They seem to forget that the median household income in the U.S. is around $50,000 per year and that income comes at the price of very hard work, both physically and intellectually, and with just a miserly 10 paid days off and a handful of holidays A host on an NPR program makes well over $100,000 per year which puts them in the top 5%. So what if they get a lot of grief? It is nothing like the grief or pressure they would get if they were in the private sector and a different profession.

    I am just sick of this carping. I hear it far to often from NPR’s TOTN host Neal Conan, and to hear it from Bob Edwards just ticked me off. Get some perspective for gosh sakes. You are lucky to have such easy and well paying jobs. They are few and far between.

  2. I was happy to hear Preservation Hall this Sunday. I lived in New Orleans during 1953 and knew the "Art Gallery" at 732 St. Peter where the book shop and art gallery was owned by Larry Borenstein (E. Lorencz Borenstein). Larry started Preservation Hall and was joined by Atten Jaffe. I saw him in New York when Preservation Hall played at Carnegie Hall. Larry should be given credit for starting Preservation Hall. He is survived by Pat Borenstein and three children.

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