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.
The first time Buzz Aldrin filled out the forms to be a NASA astronaut, his application was turned down. He was a jet fighter and the newly formed space agency was only interested in test pilots. Aldrin applied again and this time he was accepted, partly because NASA was intrigued by the thesis he had recently completed at MIT: “Guidance for Manned Orbital Rendezvous” – an outline of a plan for two piloted spacecraft to meet in space. This would hardly be the first time Aldrin would have ideas for NASA. The underwater training for the first Apollo mission was his idea. And he holds three US patents for his schematics of a modular space station, reusable rockets and multi-crew modules for space flight.
Many decades have passed since Aldrin stepped onto the moon’s surface and uttered the words that popped into his head: magnificent desolation. And he still has a lot more ideas fo space exploration: cycling ships and a flexible path concept; Block 1 Exploration Modules and the Aldrin Mars Cycler — all things he talked about in his interview with Bob. Aldrin also talked about an infamous punch he once threw. You can see it here:
Aldrin’s new book, published by National Geographic, is Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration
Bob Edwards Weekend, May 18-19, 2013
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
Paul Theroux has made a career of going on the road. He travels light, and frequently, and he’s written scores of books about the places he’s visited. His latest is about a continent that first received him as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer: Africa. The Last Train to Zona Verde details the people and places Theroux encountered from South Africa to Angola.
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
British musician Billy Bragg is known for his folk-punk albums that run the gamut from protest to love songs. He returns to chat with Bob about his latest release, Tooth & Nail, and about the loss of one of his great sources of inspiration, Margaret Thatcher.
Life After Life is Jill McCorkle’s first novel in seventeen years. It deals with the daily life of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility that many of Fulton, North Carolina’s elderly now call home. McCorkle calls her story “a love song to memory and life.”
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