In 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer made a very disturbing documentary film about a genocide in Indonesia that happened 50 years ago. The Act of Killing was nominated for an Oscar and showed the bizarre and casual callousness of those who carried out the crimes in the 1960s. Now Oppenheimer has followed that film with a brand new sequel called The Look of Silence. He’s here to discuss how the survivors and family members live among the now elderly perpetrators – many of whom are still powerful in Indonesia.
Plus a short remembrance of novelist E.L. Doctorow who died Tuesday at the age of 84.
Bob talks with his old friend Simon Winchester. The erudite Brit used to inform Bob and millions of public radio listeners about the news in the rest of the world when he was a journalist for The Guardian newspaper in England. Since those days, Winchester has become an American citizen and written many non-fiction best-sellers - about interesting people, historic events, brilliant ideas, even the biography of an ocean. His latest book is for kids – a first for Winchester. It’s called When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis.