First hour: Ed welcomes author and longtime entertainment journalist Sylvia Resnick. Sylvia’s books include biographies of Burt Reynolds and Kristy McNichol, plus The Walton Family Cookbook. Also in this hour: Ed plays highlights from a 1989 interview that Jay Leno gave to radio host Sam Yates in which the Tonight Show host discusses his early career in stand-up and his influences as a comedian.
Second hour: Ed welcomes Mary Ann Anderson, author of Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, the story of Ida’s life and career (told almost entirely in Ida’s own words) and The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated, a behind-the-scenes look at the classic 1953 thriller directed by Ida Lupino. The Hitch-Hiker was not only the first American example of film noir that was directed by a woman, but a groundbreaking film in many other ways that can still be felt today. The hour includes excerpts from a 1983 interview with Ida Lupino (one of the last recorded interviews that Ida gave) in which she discusses her film and television career.