This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights – April 16-17, 2011

HOUR ONE:

Bob talks with actress Robin Wright and screenwriter James Solomon about their new film The Conspirator. Solomon is a former journalist who has spent the last 18 years researching, writing and trying to get the larger story of the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln to the movie screen. Wright plays Mary Surratt, a southerner who ran a boarding house in DC and the only woman accused in the plot. The Conspirator is directed by Robert Redford, co-stars James McAvoy and opens this weekend.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Colette Decker.  She grew up on a farm in Wyoming, one of ten children. Harvest dollars didn’t stretch far, and each of the kids went to work early, even as their classmates had time for games or after school activities. Decker says she and her siblings knew they had less than others, and that created an intense drive to succeed — a hunger for achievement that would have been absent in an easier childhood.

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks with Bob O’Neil, Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, about the Center’s annual “Muzzle” Awards—a dishonor given out to those who committed the most egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression in the past year.  This is the 20th anniversary of the Muzzles and we’ll also look back and hear where some of the most infamous winners are now.

Filmmaker Tom Shadyac flourished in Hollywood directing the hit comedies Ace Ventura, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty.  Then a near-fatal bike accident broke Shadyac’s fairytale spell, and when he recovered from his coma, he set out to rediscover life and sort out “what’s wrong with the world.”  For his documentary called I Am, Shadyac interviews great thinkers such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.