Five years ago - on January 12, 2010 – an earthquake further devastated what was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In Haiti, tens of thousands were killed, more than a million people were displaced and countless buildings in the capital city Port-au-Prince were destroyed. Bob talks with Jane Regan and Whitney Dow, producers of a documentary called Unfinished Country, about the problems faced by Haiti before the earthquake. Then Mark Schneider of the International Crisis Group talked with Bob just a week after the disaster. He details the hurdles faced by Haiti moving forward. And we also hear from Sirius XM radio host Joe Madison who made two reporting trips to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Bob talks with director Richard Linklater about his latest movie Boyhood which he filmed over 12 actual years. The only special effect is watching the main character grow up on screen…starting in elementary school and ending on his first day of college. The story follows family moves, unfortunate stepfathers and broken hearts and stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane as Mason, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his biological parents. Boyhood is being released today on DVD and both the film and Linklater are serious contenders for Academy Awards this year.
“If you smoked Colombian weed in the 1970s and 1980s,” writes Tony Dokoupil, “you paid for my swim lessons, bought me my first baseball glove and kept me in the best private school in south Florida.” Dokoupil’s dad smuggled tons of marijuana into the country before his luck finally ran out. Bob talks to Dokoupil about his memoir, The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana. It’s now out in paperback.