This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend: October 8-9, 2011


You’ve most likely heard of Natalee Holloway, Laci Peterson and Chandra Levy but have you ever heard the names Pamela Butler, Ashley Porter or Santasia Scarborough? Those last three went missing too…but they are not white. Natalie Wilson and Derrica Wilson are the co-founders of Black and Missing, an organization that tries to bring attention to the missing person cases that go unnoticed by mainstream media.

Caldecott award winning illustrator Brian Selznick is the author of 2007’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which will be out in movie form this Thanksgiving from director Martin Scorsese.  Selznick’s most recent book, Wonderstruck, tells two congruent tales, one in illustrations and the other in words.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Dani Weathers.  After Weathers’ father died in a car accident, she struggled with severe depression that eventually led to self-destructive behavior. She spent so many years in emotional darkness that she began to fear that without her depression, she would have no personality at all. Now Weathers has a renewed feeling of happiness. Her depression is still with her, but it no longer rules her life.


Vocalist John Boutte is a seventh-generation Creole and a native of New Orleans. He sits down with Bob to discuss growing up in the musical stew of the city’s Seventh Ward, which was home to jazz men Jelly Roll Morton, Lee Dorsey and several rappers. Boutte is also the voice you hear singing the theme song for the HBO series Treme.

Then, more Louisiana music with Michael Doucet. He’s one of the founding members of the Cajun band, BeauSoleil. When he was young, Doucet says Cajun music was marginalized, but during his lifetime, the genre has become more accepted. BeuSoleil has played all over the world, earning countless accolades from other musicians and fans.

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