This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend, October 22-23, 2011

HOUR ONE:

Cameron Todd Willingham was charged for the 1991 arson murders of his three daughters.  He maintained his innocence until his execution in 2004.  Filmmakers Joe Bailey, Jr. and Steve Mims discuss the mystery, the forensic evidence, and the politics surrounding this controversial case. Their documentary is titled Incendiary.

Decision fatigue can affect everyone from a judge on a long day of hearing cases, to a quarterback late in the game, to a shopper at IKEA trying to pick out wall mounts. But what people don’t realize is that making decisions uses the very same willpower that you use to say no to doughnuts, drugs or illicit sex. New York Times science writer John Tierney investigates the connection in a new book titled Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Andrew Paradis.  In the Marines, Paradis learned to put others before himself, always faithful to the mission and the group. The idea of semper fidelis — always faithful — was put to the test in his personal life when his wife developed serious health issues and attempted suicide several times. Paradis did not shrink from the challenge, but stood by his wife and his children, remaining faithful to the group.

HOUR TWO:

We pay tribute to Norman Corwin, the best writer, director and producer of radio’s Golden Age. Corwin died on Tuesday at the age of 101. He was best known for stirring radio dramas celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights and “On a Note of Triumph” which marked VE Day, the end of World War Two in Europe.

Irish writer Eoin Colfer is famous as the author of the highly popular Artemis Fowl books for young people.  Now he’s giving adults a taste of his fast paced and often very funny prose with Plugged, a noir crime caper set in New Jersey.

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