This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, July 7-8, 2012

HOUR ONE:

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

When Barack Obama was campaigning for president, he pledged to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and to follow the rule of law in fighting terror groups. Nearing the end of his first term, there are still prisoners at Gitmo, and covert drone air strikes, in which the U.S. military and the CIA act as judge, jury, and executioner, are at an all-time high. Daniel Klaidman, a reporter for Newsweek, examines the president’s foreign policy decisions in the new book, Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Lisa Sandin.  Society’s standard of beauty is difficult for all but a few of us to achieve.  Sandin knows she is not one of those precious few.  But instead of allowing herself to be defined by a birth defect, Sandin believes her brain and soul as well as her words and actions determine the person she truly is.

HOUR TWO:

Director Benh Zeitlin’s film Beasts of the Southern Wild is a combination of tall tale, heartbreaking reality, and southern charm.  Winner of this year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and three top awards at Cannes, the film features break-out performances from new-comers Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry. Wallis was a five-year old student in Houma when she beat out 4,000 other kids to ply Hushpuppy. Henry was running his own bakery in New Orleans when he decided to audition for the role of Hushpuppy’s father. Here’s a link to Henry’s new bakery, The Buttermilk Drop.

Paul Theroux spent four years after college in Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer. Now, the prolific author of nearly 30 fiction novels and 15 travel books returns there in the tale of a retiree who goes back to the village where he spent his own best years … only to find himself trapped by the people he came to help. The book is titled The Lower River.

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