Wednesday's Show

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

As Americans get ready to go shopping for the holidays, the investigative journalism website is taking a closer look at conditions for workers in some of the factories that make the hot electronic gadgets this season. Bob talks with Managing Editor Thomas Mucha about the special series, “Silicon Sweatshops.” Then, perhaps no one in the history of American entertainment is more influential and tragic than Orson Welles, the young auteur who created shocking dramas on stage, on the air, and on screen. Welles struggled to live up to his early successes, and at the end of his life was seen as a caricature, lending his famous voice to TV commercials, and releasing few films in this country. Bob talks with Chris Welles Feder about her father – his devotion to his art, and his distance from his family. Welles Feder is the author of the new book, In My Father’s Shadow. Finally, Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis talks about Blues and Chaos, a collection of pieces written by legendary music critic Robert Palmer.  The articles, which appeared originally in Rolling Stone and the New York Times, were arranged thematically and edited by DeCurtis.