This Weekend’s Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, April 14-15


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news, including the suspension of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign and what it might mean for Santorum’s political future.

On April 15th, 1912, the “unsinkable” Titanic, the world’s most luxurious ocean liner, shocked the world by sinking on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.   Historian and best-selling author of Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic Daniel Allen Butler looks back on the 100 year anniversary of this disaster.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Sabrina Dubik.  Children are told not to talk to strangers as a way to keep them safe.  But adults who keep quiet around strangers aren’t safer—they’re more isolated.  Dubik is a college student and a part-time waitress who used to chit chat with customers, but nothing more.  But when an elderly man became a regular, their conversations deepened, and they became friends.  Dubik says the experience taught her that life can be much more enjoyable if she engages in friendly conversations with strangers. Her essay is featured in the book This I Believe: Life Lessons.



Bob speaks with Josh Wheeler, director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, about the “Muzzles,” the organization’s annual censorship awards. Here’s a full description of the 2012 “winners.”

We remember 60 Minutes legend Mike Wallace who died last weekend at the age of 93. We replay a portion of his March 2007 chat with Bob and  here is the New York Times obituary.

Today’s music studios are chock full of high-end audio equipment, and the rooms are specially engineered for the best acoustics. But for nearly 30 years, some of our most iconic recordings came out of a humble military surplus Quonset Hut set up on Nashville’s Music Row.  Bob talks to musician Chuck Mead, who has just released an album of classic country songs that he recorded in the original Quonset Hut, which has been restored as a studio. Also joining us is music journalist and filmmaker Craig Havighurst, who produced a companion documentary about the Quonset Hut and the making of the album. Their new CD/DVD package is called Back at the Quonset Hut.


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One Reply to “This Weekend’s Program”

  1. I understand that extreme differences in water temperature–near freezing and about 60 degrees F, caused optical illusions, as hot air pushed up cold and caused the horizon to blur into the sea, obstacles to disappear and far off lights to 'twinkle'. Signals got crossed between the California and Titanic, and the California crew perceived the huge ship as a cargo vessel from where they were. Uncool to dis the captain as having a personality flaw, when in fact it was a perfect storm of weather and sea conditions that caused the mishap.

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