Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times joins Bob to talk about politics and other news. Next, inspired by the wartime experiences of her late father-in-law, award-winning author Bobbie Ann Mason has written a novel about an American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europe. Marshall Stone, a U.S. flyboy stationed in England had nine exhilarating bombing raids under his belt when enemy fighters forced his B-17 to crash-land in a Belgian field near the border of France. When Stone returns to his crash site decades later, he finds himself drawn back in time to the brave people who helped him escape from the Nazis. He especially recalls one intrepid girl-guide who risked her life to help him - The Girl in the Blue Beret.
Then, in this week's installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Sara Roahen. She is a Yankee who found "her heart's home" in New Orleans. In the six years before Hurricane Katrina, Roahen and her husband put down roots in the Crescent City. The storm sent them away, but they returned - home for good - in 2008. [Broadcast Date: August 26, 2011]