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.
by Chad Campbell, senior producer
(l-r) Madeleine and Lily JurkiewiczWhen I get pitched musicians for the show, I typically look for names that I recognize…or for an interesting perspective the artist might have. Then I might eventually get around to actually checking out the music. When the promotional CD by two teenaged sisters named Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz was delivered to my desk many months ago, it met both of my criteria so I hung on to it. I had certainly never heard of these sisters from Indianapolis but I was very impressed that the package included a glowing preview of the music from our favorite music critic Anthony DeCurtis, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine. Here’s a portion of what he wrote:
“These two young women sing with a spare elegance that’s all the more breathtaking for seeming to come to them so naturally. Both Lily and Madeleine can sing powerfully, but you will find no show-off pyrotechnics here. They are not afraid of fragility or vulnerability. As with all the best family bands, their harmonies sound effortless, two distinct expressions of the same idea or emotion. It’s a style of harmony that is so subtle that it could almost be singing in unison, so entwined are the voices. It’s a sound that only blood relations can deliver. Lily and Madeleine treat their voices as instruments that are in service to their songs. They are vehicles of feeling and meaning. They do what they need to do to reach your heart. No more, no less.”
Anthony has heard a lot of musicians during his decades at Rolling Stone. He was impressed by Lily and Madeleine’s music and so were we. The sisters were coming through town last month so we invited them to stop by our performance studio. They were doing a stripped down mini tour without their backing band so it was just the two sisters - 19-year-old Madeleine on piano and 16-year-old Lily on guitar. I prepared pages and pages of questions for Bob since I wasn’t sure how much these teenagers would have to say. You can hear them lapse into teenspeak here and there but I think they also shared some good stories and insights into their budding music career. I hope you enjoy the conversation and music as much I have. The sisters’ full-length, debut album is titled Lily & Madeleine.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video for their first single “Devil We Know.”
To see more, click here for videos of Lily and Madeleine’s beautiful acoustic performances.
Bob Edwards Weekend, December 7-8, 2013
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
Actor and comedian Steve Coogan is best-known in his native Britain as his alter ego Alan Partridge, a satirical TV and radio presenter. Coogan switched gears for his latest film, Philomena, a drama co-staring Judi Dench. Coogan plays a journalist who follows the story of a woman’s search for her long-lost son.
For the past 31 years, NPR listeners have heard a voice tell them that “support for NPR comes from…” His time is over, but Frank Tavares joins Bob to discuss the ups and downs of his years behind the mic and how he got the job in the first place. Tavares is also a professor of communication at Southern Connecticut State University and most recently, the author of a book of short stories, The Man Who Built Boxes and Other Stories.
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
Piper Kerman made a very bad decision in 1993, agreeing to carry some drug money on a flight from Chicago to Brussels for her girlfriend. Several years later, Kerman was arrested for the crime and served 13 months in federal prison. The experience spawned a memoir, Orange is the New Black, which is now a hit TV show on Netflix. The book and series tell the stories of some of the women Kerman met in prison.
Paul Schomer of the blog RadioCrowdFund.com is back to share some of his new music discoveries with us. We’ll get lost in Belgian Fog, hear about a tribute album to Sparklehorse, check in with Brit pop band The Shore, hear from New England’s Clara Berry and Woodlog…and check out a new Chicago band called Slow, Pioneers!
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by Dan Bloom, producer
I love to invite outstanding musical acts into our performance studio and experience private concerts that I’ll eventually share with you, our wonderful audience. Sometimes the musicians are so excellent that the interim period, when I have to sit on such amazing content, is excruciating. Today’s program is one of those instances, and our guests, The Pedrito Martinez Group, ranks among my favorite musical shows that I’ve ever had the pleasure to produce.
Pedro Pablo Martinez was raised in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of central Havana and after stints in boxing and judo, he picked up drumming and singing from musicians in his neighborhood, largely independent of formal training. This fact is truly stunning when you consider the quality of his play and the win he scored in 2000 at the first-ever Thelonious Monk Institute Afro-Latin Hand Drum Competition.
Martinez won this competition just two years after defecting to the United States while speaking very little English and leaving the only community he’d ever known back in Cuba. Martinez exemplifies the classic American immigrant success story, and now, his dedication to his art, his effort in learning a new language and his infectious positivity have paid off and his group’s reputation is spreading like wildfire. Such musicians as Steve Winwood, Quincy Jones and Paul Simon have made sure to check out the group’s regular gig at Manhattan’s Guantanamera restaurant, where this exceptional group including Ariacne Trujilo, Jahir Sala and Alvaro Benavides came together. If you happen to be in New York or near another of their tour dates, do yourself a favor and experience this beautiful music in person.