This Weekend's Program (June 28-29, 2014)

Bob Edwards Weekend, June 28-29, 2014

HOUR ONE:

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

For more than a decade, James Joseph Bulger Jr. was listed as one of the FBI’s ten most wanted fugitives.  The former Boston gangster, better known as “Whitey,” was eventually found, tried and convicted of racketeering, extortion and money laundering. He was also found to be complicit in several area murders. The 84 year old is currently serving two consecutive life terms in a federal penitentiary. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger has made a new documentary about the story with a focus on last summer’s trial in Boston. Berlinger talks with Bob about his film Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger.

Then, we hear a new commentary from children’s book writer and illustrator Daniel Pinkwater.

HOUR TWO:

Bob talks with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton about her participation in Freedom Summer.   Our interview will also feature clips from filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s documentary Freedom Summer.  The film highlights an essential element of the civil rights movement: the patient and long-term efforts by outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters — even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death.  Freedom Summer premiered on PBS this week and is available on DVD.

As we near the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Right Act, Bob speaks with two authors of new books that tell the story behind the creation of the landmark legislation. Clay Risen is an editor on The New York Times op-ed page and the author of The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act and Todd Purdum is a senior writer at Politico and the author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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