This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, August 11-12, 2012

HOUR ONE:

Donald Barlett and James Steele have been working together as an investigative reporting team for four decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer, then Time Magazine and now at Vanity Fair. They have also collaborated on eight books. The latest titled The Betrayal of the American Dream is the result of three years of research and writing on the plight of the American middle class.

This weekend, Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Tony Gilroy delivers The Bourne Legacy, the fourth film based on Robert Ludlum’s best-selling Bourne series of books.  This latest installment is a spin-off from Jason Bourne’s story and focuses instead on a different agent, played by Jeremy Renner.  The Bourne Legacy is now in theaters.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Maria Zapetis.  Compared to the rest of the world, Americans live pretty well.  As a child, her parents provided Zapetis with everything she could have wanted.  She went to expensive private schools, enjoyed ski trips in the winter and cruises in the summer, never giving a thought to her next meal.  A high school summer camp changed her perspective.  For two weeks, Zapetis lived like a villager in Africa, and the experience showed her the day-to-day struggles that billions of people experience every day.  Now, Zapetis is doing her part to help people who are less fortunate.

HOUR TWO:

Steve Prothero is a historian, a professor of religion and author of The American Bible, an examination of the texts that he argues have defined and re-defined what it means to be an American.

Rodriguez is an American folk singer discovered in Detroit in the late 1960s.  His music received praise from critics, but album sales bombed and he dropped off the music scene mysteriously.  Filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul captures that story and documents how the music of Rodriguez became the soundtrack for justice in South Africa throughout the country’s struggle with Apartheid.  Searching for Sugar Man is now in limited release.

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