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This Week: Wallace Shawn's Final Edition
This Week
March 18, 2005

This week on NOW:

Are we responsible for what the government does in our name? Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn pulls no punches when he sits down with David Brancaccio to talk about America's actions in the world since 9/11 and about an individual's responsibility for what the government is doing. "I have such a pleasant life, and I never encounter violence," says Shawn, who is best known for roles in MANHATTAN, THE PRINCESS BRIDE and MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, which he wrote. "People are killed on a daily basis in order for us to have the material goods that we enjoy." Shawn discusses FINAL EDITION, the recently published one-off magazine he created with contributions from Deborah Eisenberg, Mark Strand, Jonathan Schell and Noam Chomsky, which he describes as "responding to a sense of horror about the moment that we're living in." Shawn has appeared in scores of feature films and TV shows and is a published author and playwright. Several of his plays have been produced off-Broadway. His latest play THE FEVER, has just been released as a film, starring Vanessa Redgrave.

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David Brancaccio talks to Wallace Shawn (20:26)

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