This Weekend’s Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, June 30 – July 1, 2012


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post.  In his new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, Chadrasekaran describes how President Obama’s 2009 surge in Afghanistan was bungled by Afghans, Pakistanis, military leaders, diplomats, and top national security aides.  Chandrasekaran will also discuss with Bob how the war against Al Qaeda has been affected elsewhere.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Juliet Frerking.  Children are told they can be anything when they grow up, and many believe that means they can be anything extraordinary.  The “Guinness Book of World Records” fascinated Frerking when she was a child.  But beyond the unusual accomplishments it listed, the book inspired Frerking to attempt the extraordinary in her own life – things she otherwise might have thought impossible.


Every momentous turn in human history is tied to a place — Italy during the Renaissance, France during the Enlightenment and England during the Industrial Revolution. David Talbot is the founder and CEO of the online magazine Salon, and he tells the story of San Francisco during the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 70s in the new book, Season of the Witch. Talbot’s narrative encompasses everyone from Harvey Milk to Jerry Garcia, Charles Manson to Jim Jones, and the events and movements they came to represent – all building blocks in what has come to be known as “San Francisco values.”

John Philip Sousa was the best known musician in the world in 1900; in some cities, his name was more widely known than even the President’s.  The composer’s great grandson, John Philip Sousa IV, joins Bob to swap stories and to discuss Sousa’s musical legacy.  Sousa has recently co-authored a book about his great grandfather called John Philip Sousa’s America: The Patriot’s Life in Images and Words.

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2 Replies to “This Weekend’s Program”

  1. Like so many (virtually all) pundits or would-be pundits on the war in Afghanistan, Rajiv Chandrasekaran can speak at length on the minutiae of the history and twists and turns of our pilicy in Afghanistan and the various personalities, civilian and military, who have contributed to and continue to play a part in this monumental debacle, but he will not because he can not answer the most important question of all, "Why is the war in Afghanistan necessary for our national security?"

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