This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, April 28-29, 2012

HOUR ONE:

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

Actor John Cusack rose to fame after his starring role the 1989 off-beat teen hit film Say Anything.  Since then, Cusack has been a mainstay in American cinema, starting in cult hits like High Fidelity and Being John Malkovich, as well as Hollywood blockbusters like 2012.   In Cusack’s most recent film, the actor plays horror writer Edgar Allen Poe in the period thriller The Raven.

Dan Gediman is the Executive Director of This I Believe, Inc. He discusses the 60 essays in the new collection, This I Believe: On Motherhood.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Annie Azzariti.  She believes that when a loved one dies, their life should not be measured by awards, achievements or by how much money left behind. When Azzariti’s mother died, she and her siblings found an archaeological treasure trove of family mementos.  Hand-made clothes, photographs, telegrams, report cards and years of Mother’s Day jewelry had all been lovingly wrapped and saved.  Azzariti says her mother’s life revolved around her three children, and the keepsakes of their shared lives prove the depth of her love.

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks to Rafe Sagarin, marine ecologist and author of Learning From the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease.

New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary invites us into his home studio again, this time to share music from his latest project, a CD tribute to one of his heroes, Allen Toussaint. Cleary’s album is titled Occapella.

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