"New York Times" reporter John Leland's most recent book is "Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)." In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's Beat novel, Bob talks with Leland about the importance and lasting effects of "On the Road."

Writer Joyce Johnson's memoirs "Minor Characters" details her relationships with many key figures of the Beat movement and focuses particularly on the years she lived with writer Jack Kerouac. Joyce talks with Bob about 1957 and 1958, when Kerouac rose from obscurity to fame with the publication of "On the Road." This month marks the book's 50th anniversary.

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 show is produced by XM Satellite Radio and distributed nationwide by PRI.

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