Heavy, heavy hearts here at Fresh Air as we process the news of Roger Ebert’s death. We are changing tomorrow’s show so we can re-air Terry’s interview with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, as well as a 1997 interview that Roger did with Martin Scorsese.
Ebert had been wrestling with cancer for years. He had lost his voice and his jaw, but he still kept up an unrelenting pace, reviewing more than 200 movies a year for the paper. On his blog and on twitter, he chronicled his struggle with cancer and just two days ago, he penned a post saying he was taking a “leave of presence.”
“At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you,” he wrote. “It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.”