This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, October 20-21, 2012

HOUR ONE:

Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news including the candidates’ performance in the second presidential debate.

It’s hard to believe that Penny Marshall, the actress who played the tough talking tomboy in the sitcom “Laverne and Shirley,” is now 70 years old.  And when Hollywood-types enter their sunset years, they write their memoirs —- telling funny stories about their famous friends. Penny Marshall’s new book is titled My Mother Was Nuts.  Marshall was the first female director to make a movie that grossed over $100 million, but she calls her successful Hollywood career a “happy accident.” 

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Greg Gatjanis.  We know that life is precious, and that it can be gone in an instant. Gatjanis was forced to face the death of his father unexpectedly, and the moment became more significant than he expected. In the hospital room, Gatjanis shared one last moment with his father, and he says it was both his deepest heartbreak and his greatest blessing.

HOUR TWO:

Marty Makary is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins and author of Unaccountable:  What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare.  He tells Bob that if medical errors were a disease, they would be one of the leading causes of death in the US.

Bob talks with best-selling writer Ken Follett.  Follett’s books have sold more than 100 million copies, and now you can see the television adaptation of his novel World Without End on the digital cable channel Reelz.  A historical epic set in medieval England, the miniseries stars Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson and Charlotte Riley.  Bob also talks with Follett about his most recent novel Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy.

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