This Weekend (December 6-7, 2008)


  • Writer Michael Lewis compiled an anthology of the best contemporary financial articles in the book Panic! He talks with Bob about America's history of financial catastrophes and puts the latest economic crisis in context.


  • To prepare for his role in “The Pianist,” Adrien Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 29 pounds. His dedication earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the youngest actor ever to win the award. In Cadillac Records, which chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists, Brody stars as Leonard Chess alongside our other guest – Jeffrey Wright – who plays Muddy Waters.

  • Christopher Plummer is one of our greatest actors. He talks with Bob about his memoir, In Spite of Myself which chronicles Plummer’s more than 50 years of performing on stage, on the movie screen, on live television and on the radio.