Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – February 26-27, 2011
In 2007, photojournalist Tim Hetherington and writer Sebastian Junger embedded with an American platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, a strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and one of the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S. forces. Restrepo, a chronicle of the soldiers’ experiences, is nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
English character actor Timothy Spall may be best-known as the groveling Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter series, but this classically trained thespian has been playing nuanced characters on stage and screen for years. He can currently be seen in the Oscar nominated film The King’s Speech as Winston Churchill.
In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Madhukar Rao. As a child, Rao had to learn to fit in to new communities. He was born in India, but grew up in Massachusetts. His family moved again when he was in high school and his new community was racially segregated. Rao learned the power that humility and simple questions have in an emotionally charged confrontation.
Bob talks with Lyle Lovett about his love of horses, his Texas roots, his dalliances with acting and his music career, which includes his latest CD titled Natural Forces.