About Bob Edwards Weekend
Bob Edwards Weekend is a two-hour interview showcase, in which celebrated host Bob Edwards highlights the life and work of interesting people, from newsmakers, historians, and authors to artists, actors, and regular folks too.
Bob Edwards Weekend, May 25-26, 2013
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
During World War II, someone had to save the art and antiquities of Europe from Allied bombing and from occupying then retreating Nazi forces. The painting of The Last Supper and Michelangelo’s sculpture of David were just two priceless works that were almost destroyed. Bob talks with writer and World War II specialist Robert Edsel about the important work and the people who risked their lives for art. Edsel’s new book is Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis.
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
Buzz Aldrin was the second man to step foot on the moon and the first to punch an Apollo conspiracy theorist in the face after the man demanded Aldrin swear on a Bible that the Moon landings were not faked. Aldrin dedicated a chapter to the incident in his 2009 autobiography Magnificent Desolation, which takes its title from the first words he uttered while walking on the moon. Now Aldrin has authored a new book from National Geographic in which he lays out his goals for the space program and how he believes we can get humans to Mars and back safely. It’s titled Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.
Award-winning travel writer and historian William Dalrymple looks back to an earlier time when a Western power invaded Afghanistan. Dalrymple’s new book is titled The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan: 1839-42.
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The Bob Edwards Show, May 27-31, 2013
Bob’s guest today is University of Pittsburgh English professor William Scott. Instead of conducting research in a library or writing another book, Scott spent his sabbatical camped out at Zuccoti Park in downtown Manhattan, headquarters of Occupy Wall Street. For six weeks, Scott explains to Bob, he worked as a librarian for the movement, helping to build and maintain a vast collection of books which became known as the “People’s Library.”
But in the early morning hours of November 15th 2011, an army of police in riot gear - acting on the authority of Mayor Michael Bloomberg - raided the park, seized thousands of donated books, and destroyed nearly all of them, along with just about everything else in the library – laptops, bookshelves, storage bens and cataloging supplies. Occupy Wall Street sued and under a settlement reached last month, the city will pay $366,700 for property damage caused during the raid. Here’s a copy of the settlement: