This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend, October 29-30, 2011

HOUR ONE:

In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Stephen Breyer as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Breyer is one of the nation’s leading scholars and voices on constitutional law. His most recent book is Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View.  Breyer joins Bob to examine the American public’s relationship with Supreme Court decisions, addressing how the Court can maintain the public’s faith even in the face of unpopular rulings.  His book is now out in paperback.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Bhavani Murugesan.  She is a college graduate and an attorney. Murugesan also lives with her parents. What started out as a matter of necessity has blossomed into a matter of choice.  Murugesan says that knowing her parents as adults, and participating in their daily lives, has made the family closer.

HOUR TWO:

In his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks explores the aftermath of crime and punishment. The book follows a nameless young man as he does his best to survive a modern-day limbo. The Kid is a convicted sex offender, and he lives with others who share his fate under a causeway in south Florida – the only location available that is simultaneously close enough to parole officers and far enough from children. The Kid eventually meets the Professor, who also lives on the margins of society, and their friendship provides the Kid enough confidence to begin to take control of his life. 

Bob talks about Mark Twain with Cindy Lovell, the Executive Director of The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Lovell is also the executive producer for a new double CD called Mark Twain: Words & Music. It features readings by Jimmy Buffett, Clint Eastwood and Garrison Keillor and songs by Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley and Ricky Skaggs.

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