This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, January 21-22, 2012

HOUR ONE:

Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

In the new film Joyful Noise, Dolly Parton plays a Georgia choir member who is trying to lead her group to victory at the “How Sweet the Sound” competition in Los Angeles. The Queen of Country Music talks with Bob about working on the movie, her long musical career and her philanthropic work in her home state of Tennessee. 

Bob talks with Mervyn Warren, the music producer, composer and arranger behind Parton’s new film Joyful Noise.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Tim Wilson, a sergeant in the California Highway Patrol. A few years ago, Wilson wrote a letter to his children, offering advice about life. It sits in an envelope in his locker at work, to be opened only in the event that he does not make it through the day. Wilson says he’s seen life snuffed out many times during his career, and seeing the letter every morning in his locker reminds him to be careful out on the highway.

HOUR TWO:

Actress Angelina Jolie is now something she swore she would never be: a director.  Bob talks to Jolie about the making of her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Jolie also wrote the script for the film, which stars local actors and is set in the former Yugoslavia as war tears the country and its ethnically diverse residents apart.

Alan Bennett is the playwright and author behind The Madness of George III and The History Boys.  His latest book is titled Smut: Two Unseemly Stories. Bennett says when he has an idea that he cant quite turn into a play, he usually settles for a short story. He discusses the new stories and his long career with Bob.

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