This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – April 2-3, 2011

HOUR ONE:

Bob talks with actor, comedian, writer and musician Steve Martin about his return to the banjo on his second album titled Rare Bird Alert, a follow-up to his Grammy winning debut, The Crow.  For his latest CD, Martin is joined by bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers, with special guests The Dixie Chicks and Paul McCartney singing a couple of Martin’s original tunes.

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman investigates the multi-billion dollar business of the NCAA.  His report is called Money and March Madness.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Nicholas Capo. This time of year, sports fans are in the grip of college basketball tournaments. We idolize the players, but few of us ever witness the hard work behind the excellence. Nicholas Capo learned those habits from his father, who excelled at high school basketball. As an English professor, Capo passes on his father’s lessons of discipline and devotion to budding writers.

HOUR TWO:

Thirty years ago, John Hinckley Jr. opened fire outside of a Washington hotel wounding Ronald Reagan and three others. On March 30, 1981, the president lost half of his blood and came closer to dying than most people realize. In Rawhide Down, Del Quentin Wilber lays out the minute-by-minute account of the assassination attempt. “Rawhide” was Reagan’s Secret Service code name.

Thomas McCarthy is an actor who’s appeared in HBO’s The Wire, and the film, Good Night, and Good Luck. He’s also the writer and director behind The Station Agent and now, Win Win, a film about a struggling attorney who’s taken on too much responsibility, including the care of an estranged teenage boy. McCarthy introduces actor Alex Shaffer in this latest film, which stars Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan.