Leon Fleisher, renowned Baltimore concert pianist, dies at 92

From The Baltimore Sun: Leon Fleisher, renowned Baltimore concert pianist, dies at 92

Leon Fleisher unquestionably had his challenges. On Friday, October 8th, 2004, at the end of the very first week of The Bob Edwards Show, Mr. Fleisher talked to Bob about how in 1965 his right hand betrayed him, later to be accurately diagnosed as focal dystonia. He was also promoting his then-new album, Two Hands, which was, “enthusiastically received,” according to the Washington Post.

From the program introduction:

Leon Fleisher has the distinction of being the only living pianist inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame. The former child prodigy made his concert debut at the age of eight. By nine, he’d travelled to Europe to study under Artur Schnabel. As a teenager, Fleisher was a featured performer on some of the most prestigious stages in the country. His legend continued to grow well into his thirties. Fleisher’s early 1960’s recordings with the Cleveland Orchestra of Beethoven’s five concertos are considered by some to be the greatest piano recordings of all time.

At the peak of his fame, Leon Fleisher noticed a tightening in his right hand. That tightness eventually would become crippling, as his hand balled up into an involuntary fist. For the next forty years, he struggled with the cause and the cure for his injury, and his career as a pianist all but ended. He would go on to teach. His pupils included such future stars as Andre Watts and Lorin Hollander. At Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, students dubbed him .. the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Keyboard… Fleisher says that – after years of misdiagnosis – doctors finally discovered that a condition called “dystonia” was the culprit.

First you’ll hear Christopher Buckley talk with Bob about the St. Louis presidential debate (my lord, if we only knew then how much simpler a time it was!), then sports writer Tim Green on the NFL. The rest of the hour, though is dedicated to Leon Fleisher.

Interview produced by Phil Harrell. This audio is from the DAT recorded in the studio so the quality is excellent, and I’ve included the obligatory scrip/roadmap for those interested in how things went in the studio that morning.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude on The Bob Edwards Show

From the New York Times: Christo, Artist Who Wrapped and Festooned on an Epic Scale, Dies at 84

In November of 2008, to celebrate their “Over The River, a Work in Progress,” Christo and Jeanne-Claude joined Bob for an entire show. From the introduction:

…and an hour with Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the European artist couple born on the same day in 1935, who do nothing In a small unassuming way. They have wrapped Berlin’s Reichstag in fabric, draped a 24-mile curtain fence across California’s Marin and Sonoma Counties, and erected gates throughout Central Park in New York. Now they want to put massive panels of silvery fabric over the Arkansas River. That project is the subject of a new exhibit of photographs, collages, drawings and maps titled, “Christo and Jean-Claude: Over the River, a Work in Progress.”

Produced by Taylor Barnes, obligatory script/roadmap included below.

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Al Gini and Eugene B. Bergmann on The Bob Edwards Show

To celebrate the birthday of the host of this program, I am presenting here…a show I listened to a bit ago that was selected completely by random from the archives, originally airing Monday September 16, 2013.

First up on the program, Al Gini shares his research on what attributes make for a good leader compiled in his book 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leadership. He also talks a bit about what doesn’t make a good leader, and has some eerily-prophetic comments about the current resident of the White House (check that out around 25:30).

At the bottom of the hour, Bob is joined by Eugene B. Bergmann, whose segment made me think a lot about my friend Max Schmid from WBAI in New York. Bergmann talks about Jean Shepherd and tells Bob about his volume titled Shep’s Army: Bummers, Blisters, & Boondoggles.

Both segments produced by Ariana Pekary.

It was during the latter segment, toward the close, where Bob asks about Jean Shepherd, “What was it about his radio broadcasts that made his fans feel like he was a good friend?” That made me turn and stare at the speaker in my office, incredulous…my mind racing back across the decades to all of the times I was alone in a room, in a car, walking outside…with only Bob and his guest to keep me company. The intimacy of radio is inescapable, and the irony of the man who did this exact thing so often for so many of us asking this question stopped me in my tracks.

Bob Edwards has been that friend to all of us for his entire career. And let me say, just between you and me, that if some day you are actually able to call that “voice in the box” friend, well, now there’s a gift.

Happy Birthday, Bob!

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John Prine dies at 73 of coronavirus

From the Washington Post: John Prine, Grammy-winning bard of ‘broken hearts and dirty windows,’ dies at 73 of coronavirus

God. Damn. This. Thing.
 

 
Aired April 26, 2005. Produced by Phil Harrell. Script/Roadmap included.
 

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Max von Sydow, Swedish star of Bergman films, ‘The Exorcist,’ dies at 90

From the L.A. Times: Max von Sydow, Swedish star of Bergman films, ‘The Exorcist,’ dies at 90

von Sydow appeared on The Bob Edwards Show in February 2012 when he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the film, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. But as always, the conversation was wide-ranging dealing with his entire career. From the introduction:

And then we’ll hear from actor Max von Sydow who has has played his share of twisted clergymen—but kindly ones too—as well as Jesus AND the devil. von Sydow has been nominated for an Oscar for his role as The Renter in the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. But he’s not loud at all in the movie. In fact, he never speaks a word.

As always, the script/roadmap is included here as well. For a contemporaneous blog post about the von Sydow interview by producer Chad Campbell, see Bob Edwards Radio.

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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85

From the New York Times: Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85

Yes, I know, I am terribly late at posting this; I have a lot of reasons, but no excuses.

The first time Jim Lehrer visited The Bob Edwards Show, he was joined by long-time partner Robert MacNeil – this interview was frequently repeated on the program over the years. But that wasn’t the only time he was on the program…he visited twice more to discuss his books Oh, Johnny on 04/14/2009, and Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination on 11/22/2013.

I’ve included both these complete programs below, along with the script/roadmaps for the programs.

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October Fourth, Two Thousand and Four.

October 4th, 1957. Forty-seven years ago today, the Soviet Union successfully launched the world’s first artificial satellite. Sputnik was only about the size of a basketball, weighed just 183 pounds, took 98 minutes to orbit the earth, and only stayed in orbit for three months—but the Soviet success stunned the West and while it lasted, Sputnik’s eerie radio signal was a constant reminder the United States trailed in the space race.

(Sputnik telemetry)

It didn’t take long for the U.S. to surpass the Soviets in space. Thousands of satellites have followed Sputnik including the two by which you hear XM Radio. They are named Rock and Roll and sometimes they sound like this:

(XM logo #10)

Today, XM Public Radio, Channel 133, has a launch of its own. The first Bob Edwards Show begins…now.

So many things to say, on this fifteenth anniversary of the very first aired Bob Edwards Show. I remember waiting breathlessly for 8:00am EDT, having purchased my radio and subscription a month early so I could begin listening to XM Public Radio its first day, but all of it leading up to Bob Edwards coming back to my weekdays.

I listened to Bob on weekday mornings for decades. I listened when I had a “day job,” he was my companion throughout the morning when I began to work at home, listening to KUOW radio which aired Morning Edition for six hours, until noon eastern. I once joked to Bob that my daughter knew his voice better than mine, and she probably liked it more since he had never said “no” to her.

Then NPR did the unthinkable, and removed him as the host of the program he made famous. And my mornings were…not right. Heaven help me, no one screws with my mornings. I was furious. I stopped listening to NPR, and truthfully haven’t returned even now.

Then Bob announced (ok, NPR announced, as part of the continuing clown show surrounding Bob’s removal) that he was moving to XM Satellite Radio to begin a new show there. So first I had to figure out what the heck XM was, then I had to figure out where to buy a special radio, then I had to pay them a monthly fee, then…I got to listen to Bob every weekday, and my mornings finally made sense again.

I was so excited, I recorded that first show so I could savor it again. Walter Cronkite, in this program, suggests to Bob that he should do another one, and he did; I figured Uncle Walter was also telling me I should record another one, so I did. And another. And another…until, eleven years later, I had recorded them all. (Ok, ok, I’ll admit there were a few kerfuffles over the years, which I filled in with either the on-demand online channel or Audible. But a lot fewer than you’d expect for eleven years, and yes, I even recorded the “Best of Bob” repeats. And I made a digital copy from XM Online of the weekend marathon of rerun shows. Truly, as I’ve said more than once; “Biggest Fan,” “Cyberstalker,” it’s a fine line…) It’s mostly those recordings I made over the years that you hear here on the blog…a collection that is almost certainly the only complete archive of the program outside of SiriusXM’s servers. All because I recorded that first show.

When the show was finally cancelled, I was invited to the studios to pick up the material the remaining staff, Bob and his final executive producer Chad Campbell, were instructed to dispose of…eleven years of scripts…recordings both DAT and CDs, even a few minidisks…and other assorted pieces of history, all targeted to the dumpster by the corporation, and slightly detoured to my waiting car.

What you can at last enjoy is one of those salvaged treasures. On a DAT (Digital Audio Tape) buried in two large boxes of them, carefully labeled, later ignored, and suddenly in my basement, was a recording made in the studio of that first show – if you look at the video I posted last year, the DAT recorder is in the control room along the wall to the left of the console. The quality of this recording is…spectacular. With the possible exception of the few in the studio that day wearing headphones, no one heard this program with the clarity you will. That first recording I made that October morning means the world to me, but it is nothing compared to…this. Along with the other audio salvaged from the trash bin, this audio was lovingly ripped bit-by-bit directly from the DAT digitally, so there is no digital->analog->digital cycle involved. (I did, however, compress the audio from uncompressed WAV to 96kbps MP3 file for this download.)

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the very first broadcast Bob Edwards Show, in impeccable sound.

I suggest that, even if you don’t usually read the script/roadmap I include with these posted programs, you check this one out…note that even up to almost the last minute, the program was planning on running BBC World Service news at one minute past the hour. Both of the pilot shows recorded on the last two Fridays in September 2004 (yes, one day I will share those as well, I promise) contain a “clock” including a one-minute intro followed by five-minutes of BBC news, then an additional 30-seconds of XM promos following that before the show proper begins. The script for this first show was actually changed in Bob’s hand, scratching out, “follows world news from the BBC” and handwriting in, “begins now,” so the decision was apparently made very close to final air. This program might have been a completely different, and somewhat shorter, one.

Other things I’ve posted over the years dealing with October the Fourth episodes:

And Bob, I’ll toast you and your many producers this evening with a few fingers of Maker’s Mark. Thanks for giving this to me…to all of us.

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Norton Juster and Rain Perry on The Bob Edwards Show

One of the things I love about The Bob Edwards Show is the frequent odd yet pleasing juxtapositions the shows could have. Take this one…first up is renown children’s author Norton Juster, followed by singer-songwriter-filmmaker-playwright Rain Perry. From Bob’s introduction:

If you’ve ever felt like a hopelessly straight line trying to appeal to an adventure-seeking bright red dot, then you’ve entered the world of writer Norton Juster. Fifty years ago, Juster collaborated with cartoonist Jules Feiffer to produce The Phantom Tollbooth. Now they’ve teamed up again for a new book titled The Odious Pare. Norton Juster is my guest today and so is Rain Perry, the product of drug-dealing hippie, Christian fundamentalist parents tells her story in song and a one-woman play. Perry is the composer of the theme song for the TV show Life Unexpected. The singer/songwriter’s newest album is titled Internal Combustion.

This is, I think, an excellent combination. Now-obligatory script and roadmap for the program also included below. Both interviews produced by Cristy Meiners. And a quick note – if you’re on facebook, be sure you comment on this post for a chance to win a signed item to celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary of the very first Bob Edwards Show!

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Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate who transfigured American literature, dies at 88

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From the Washington Post: Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate who transfigured American literature, dies at 88

In December of 2008, Bob Edwards spent an entire program with Toni Morrison, discussing her career and her then-new book A Mercy. The program’s introduction:

Hello and welcome to The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday, December 9th, and an hour with Ton! Morrision, winner of the 1993 Noble Prize for literature. Born in Lorain, Ohio in 1931, Morrison had two children and worked as editor before starting her own writing career. Her novels include The Bluest Eve. Song of Solomon, and Beloved, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988. That was a book about 19th century slavery–the ownership of black people. Morrison’s newest novel, titled A Mercv. is about 17th century slavery in colonial America where multiple European countries had economic and political interests and not all the slaves were black.

I have included here the now-obligatory script/roadmap. You can read the program’s comtemporary blog post at BobEdwardsRadio.com, written by segment producer Andy Danyo Kubis.

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Dr. John, flamboyant soul of New Orleans music, dies at 77

From The Washington Post: Dr. John, flamboyant soul of New Orleans music, dies at 77

In April of 2010, The Bob Edwards Show took a trip to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to collect interviews that ran that entire summer. The first program in the series ran a “teaser” of the summer interviews, then aired the first of those conversations…Dr. John, born Mac Rebennack.

This program begins with an interview of Sue Miller, author of The Lake Shore Limited, then moves firmly into New Orleans. You can read producer Chad Campbell’s contemporaneous discussion of the trip at BobEdwardsRadio.com; script/roadmap included below. Programs in the series were recorded and produced by Chad Campbell and Geoffrey Redick.

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Peter Bogdanovich on The Bob Edwards Show

Peter Bogdanovich is the director of The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Daisy Miller,” and “Mask;” but is also known for his vast knowledge of filmmaking, and the amazing friends he made along the way. From the program’s introduction:

He is a lifelong student of motion pictures and is hosting “The Essentials,” a series on Turner Classic Movies. For the next hour, Peter Bogdanovich explains why certain films made his list of favorites—and how he and his work have been shaped by events in his personal and professional lives.

During his final-show “exit interview,” Bob mentioned that some of his favorite conversations were those where the guest performed impressions…and trust me, there are plenty of old favorites here, performed by Bogdanovich!

The “raw” interview (the interview as recorded in real time with Bob in his studio in Washington, D.C. and Peter in the Carnegie Hall studios in NYC, before being produced for radio) is here in the archives, and after listening to it I can tell you that producer Ed McNulty used almost every word in the aired interview. But with someone as erudite and knowledgeable as Bogdanovich, can you blame him?

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An “Occupational Hazard”: Rape in the Military

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks (ok, ok, that might have been painfully optimistic, but hey…) we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

In 2012 the program faced one of the toughest issues of the time; sexual assault in the Military. The series presents a portrait of the enduring culture in the military which protects criminals while creating a mental, physical and professional trap for the victims. We hear intimate details from servicemen and women and their families about how Military Sexual Trauma has been a destructive force in their lives. Advocates share stories and describe why this issue has become their passion. And the series notes that defending itself in civilian court in 2011, the Pentagon argued that sexual assault is an “occupational hazard” in the military.

This series, produced by Ariana Pekary, originally ran the week of July 30, 2012 in various segments throughout the week. I have edited these segments together, creating a single almost-three-hour audio file with the entire series. I have not included the week’s worth of scripts/roadmaps. You can read the series description, written by the producer.

This is not a program you will “enjoy” – it is frequently very difficult to hear. But this is a very important issue, with the obvious question arising, have things in our Armed Forces changed? I have no idea…another example where the loss of this program is a loss to us all.

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Ken Nordine, 98, dies.

Geoffrey Redick, Ken Nordine, and Bob Edwards
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From the Chicago Tribune: Ken Nordine, 98, dies. Chicago creator of word jazz, with a ‘voice that could give you the chills’

I have no words. You can listen to the Bob Edwards Show program from February 7th, 2011, and read Producer Geoffrey Redick’s comments about that interview.

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SummersTime for the week of 10/29/2018

Charlie once again forces daughter Kate to join him inside the gates of the NostalgiaLand cemetery, where old entertainment genres are buried! While there, to chase away the ghosts and goblins they listen to Halloween-themed episodes of Weird Circle, Halls of Ivy, Hermit’s Cave, The Jack Benny Program, The Adventures of Sam Spade, and Lights Out!

Special thanks to Internet OTR Digest subscribers Bryan Wright and Larry Siskind for suggesting programs for this walk through the land of deceased entertainment!

(And who knows, this may prompt Charlie to get his act together and post SummersTime episodes on a regular basis!)

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by Charlie Summers with occasional appearances by his collage-going daughter team Kate. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast – schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. – just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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Fourteen Years Ago Today…

…the first Bob Edwards Show was broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. (To be accurate, it was not the first production; there were two pilot programs produced before this initial broadcast. One day I will share them with you.)

I have to tell you, holding the archives of the program is a constant source of entertainment and amazement. For this anniversary, I thought I’d share with you video taken in the control room while that first program was beginning. Your cameraman is Chad Campbell, the final Executive Producer of the program. The video begins a bit early, with Bob and David Broder in the studio waiting for the cue from show producer Melissa Gray. And I hope those who were there that day can identify all the folks in that room.

So let’s step back to the very beginning of a magnificent journey, and watch the very start…

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Marc Fisher on The Bob Edwards Show

I know I have been lax lately posting archive programs, but life is what it is, and has kept me busy with other things. I’d love to promise to do better, but you know how that goes…

In 2007, journalist Marc Fisher released the book Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped a Generation, and visited the XM Studios to spend an entire show talking to Bob about the transformation of radio in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s from drama and comedy to the era of the disc jockey and beyond.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate National Radio Day than a re-visit with Marc Fisher. Script/roadmap included, of course. This program was produced by Andy Danyo Kubis.

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Somedays are Arts and Crafts…and the Edwards Show

Ok, I admit it, somedays I’m a little too involved with the Edwards Show, and the old XM Satellite Radio in general. One of the things that was in the Edwards Show archives, buried in a box, was a microphone flag…it’s one of those things you see on the microphone when someone is being interviewed, identifying the network or organization the reporter or interviewer is from. If you look at any of the studio photos or videos posted on the Bob Edwards Show Facebok page, you’ll see XM mic flags on all of the studio mics. Naturally, I stuck it onto my desk boom (where I record SummersTime). I took a photo and published it on an XM Satellite Radio fan site.

The maintainer of the site asked me if it was real, or if I made it.

This got me thinking just way too much…we have a bunch of equipment here at Chez Charlie, and the more I stared at the mic flag on my boom, the more I thought I actually could make one.

So I started researching. Turns out the hardest part of making an XM mic flag is…the flag blank. Most of the inexpensive blanks originating in China aren’t square-faced; I mean, they are square when seen from above or below, but the face where the printing goes is actually rectangular…roughly 10mm longer than it is high. The XM mic flag is almost square (it’s actually just slightly a trapezoid, with the bottom of the face a teeny bit larger than the top of the face, and yes I really am that anal about it!), so the cheap blanks just won’t work, even though the price is right.

I found and purchased some square ones on fleaBay, and the faces were pretty much perfectly square, but I never actually read the clearly-noted measurements…they were not quite twice the size of the XM flag!

I finally found an almost exact replacement at my favorite New York camera store, Adorama. So the “hardware” was finished, now the “software.” I have a press copy of the XM Satellite Radio logo in my files (downloaded gawd-knows-when from gawd-knows-where). I converted it to a vector graphic, and after editing in Inkscape (an open-source vector-graphics editor) imported into my wife’s Silhouette software.

Now…the vinyl color. To be sure, I ordered a set of 12″x12″ sheets of all five yellow colors available in the permanent Oracal 351. Once they arrived, I selected the closest (not an exact match to the silk-screened color on the original mic flag, but close), and cut four copies of the thing. While I was at it, I ‘created” a mic flag that, so far as I know, never existed; a triangular flag with the sideways XM logo on it.

The result:

The one bottom-left is the original silk-screened flag from the XM studios. The one on the bottom-right is the copy I created spending way too much time locating a properly-sized blank and applying carefully-measured and color-matched cut vinyl. On the top of them, the larger triangular one with the sideways XM logo, which really should have been long before I created the only one currently in existence.

But I couldn’t stop there, oh heavens no. There was one more set of graphics I wanted to see on a microphone flag…the Bob Edwards Show sunrise logo, and the XM Public Radio logo. And so…I did:

This one is actually one of those 50mm high/60mm wide inexpensive flag blanks from China, which clearly worked better (especially for the XMPR logo) than the cube would have. And now maybe you understand why Executive Producer Chad Campbell called me more than once the show’s “Biggest Fan” – I can get a little…obsessive…when something tickles my synapses.

And while I’d love to tell you I am finally finished creating microphone flags, there’s at least one more non-Bob Edwards Show flag I want to make, so looks like my wife’s Silhouette has a little more vinyl cutting it needs to do for me…

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Anthony Bourdain has died at 61

From The Washington Post: Anthony Bourdain has died at 61

Anthony Bourdain was a guest on The Bob Edwards Show twice; once in 2005 when he started his show on The Travel Channel called “No Reservations,” and again in 2006 after being trapped in Beirut while shooting an episode of the show. Both segments were produced by Phil Harrell, and the raw recordings from both interviews are here in the archives.

If the show were still on XM I’m certain the crew would combine these programs into a single “Best of Bob,” with new opening and closing. But it isn’t, so I present both programs here in their entirety, along with the script/roadmaps. I know the player I have here gets a little strange with multiple audio files, but you should be able to download or play either or both…if you have any problems, drop a note here in the comments and I’ll do what I can to help.

EDIT: I was reminded I should post the number of the National Suicide Hotline, there to help anyone who is feeling depressed or desperate – 800-273-8255.

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The Mirage of War Documentary

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

In 2009, The Bob Edwards Show visited the Army’s billion-dollar National Training Center. Covering more than a thousand square miles of California’s Mojave Desert, Ft. Irwin and the NTC includes realistic mock villages populated by role playing Iraqi nationals and military wives who aim to give the soldiers a taste of what’s to come overseas. From the introduction:

We’re spending this Veterans Day at the Army’s National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California – where US troops are subjected to the most realistic war simulations possible — before deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan. We’ll witness one of those exercises — complete with lED blasts and sniper fire – and get a blow-by-blow account. Next, I talk with Brigadier General Dana Pittard – former commander of the NTC. You’ll meet some of the Iraqi and American role-players who make the training as authentic as possible. Then I talk with Bertran Schultz and Matthew Brown about their experiences “in the box” at the National Training Center.

The Mirage of War: A Day in the Life of the Army’s National Training Center is a fascinating look at the preparations for war. Produced by Chad Campbell, script/roadmap included below.

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Philip Roth Dies at 85

From the New York Times: Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

In 2008, Philip Roth sat in a New York studio and talked to Bob Edwards in Washington, DC about his career and his then-latest book, Indianation. From the program’s introduction:

His publisher declared the publication day to be National Indignation Day, although the author and his interviewer agree that a single day of indignation is not nearly enough. In this new book. Roth returns to the voice of a young man trying to cope in a world in which older men make all the rules. It is 1950 and the older men want the young man to go fight in Korea.

My strongest personal memory of Mr. Roth’s work was reading Portnoy’s Complaint many many years ago and laughing out loud. A lot. Many books make you smile, even chuckle; but rare is the book that causes deep-throated belly laughs.

The program starts with Bob talking to Rebecca Roberts about politics from an oh-so-much gentler time. Both program and program script (including prep work for the Roberts interview) are included below.

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