Bob Edwards Weekend, January 18-19, 2014
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Bill Ayers was dubbed a “domestic terrorist” and his relationship with candidate Barack Obama was extensively studied under the right-wing talk show microscope. In his new memoir, the co-founder of the Weather Underground presents himself as an activist committed to social justice and education. His book is titled Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident.
Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
Bob talks to Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim about her newest documentary, The Square. It’s about the Egyptian revolution that began with the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak in January of 2011, through the military coup against the country’s first elected President, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, last June. Noujaim and her crew survived arrests, multiple beatings by police and the army to make the film. It’s told from the perspective of several protesters who became friends, including a young, unemployed college graduate, the Egyptian-Scottish actor who starred in the Kite Runner, and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Square has been shortlisted for an Oscar, and will premiere on Netflix January 19th.
LeVar Burton is back. The beloved host of Reading Rainbow, the children’s program that made books friendly for television audiences, has produced the Reading Rainbow app for kids of the digital age. Within 36 hours of its release, Reading Rainbow was the #1 educational app in the country. Burton will also discuss his pre-Reading Rainbow television career, starring in iconic roles on Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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