The Oscar broadcast is fascinating because you're never sure when it's going to be a complete fail. There are plenty of worst moments to go around: James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011. Marlon Brando's no-show in 1973.
But in 1989 it was one for the record books.
It was wrong, the whole thing a terrible mistake. But the performers were game, even Lowe who was never much of a song-and-dance man. Poor Snow White worked hard in the interminable bit, showing impressive grace under pressure.
The fallout from Oscar's worst, most excessive and taste free opening was immediate. Rob Lowe is still re-living it. And the actress who played Snow White just disappeared, she seemed to slip into oblivion.
Now Eileen Bowman is breaking her silence. She tells us her story on the eve of the 85th Academy Awards.
Oscar's Joke Room
The in-house audience Oscar night is a tough room. Big stars are all lit up for television, cameras scan their faces trolling for reactions.
No one's having that much fun. Finding the right tone for the evening is not easy and some brilliant comedians- Letterman, Rock- missed the sweet spot.
Dave Boone has written for eight Oscar broadcasts, sometimes cranking out jokes in response to the evening's unexpected turns. He has advice for this year's host, Seth MacFarlane, and tells us why he thinks the Snow White opening wasn't Oscar's lowest moment.
Iceland's Move Against Internet Porn
Could Iceland ban online porn? The island nation is looking at legislation aimed at preventing violent and degrading Internet porn from being viewed inside their borders.
Proponents say the ban would protect children and block degrading images of women.
But opponents say web censorship is not necessary and probably not possible. They say the ban would abrogate free speech and they compare the proposed Internet filtering to the kind of schemes found in non-democratic states.
Iceland is seen as a socially liberal northern democracy but they've already banned strip clubs and cracked down on other forms of porn. Other jurisdictions like the U.K. are watching Iceland struggle with the online porn issue.
We invited two stakeholders to debate.
The shocking case of Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, unfolded Friday as the 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic athlete was granted bail in a Pretoria court.
Just months earlier, Pistorius was the toast of the town, a great story. He competed alongside able-bodied athletes at the London Olympics, his prosthetic legs giving him the heroic nickname Blade Runner.
But writer Buzz Bissinger is fed up with the heroic status granted superathletes.
Buzz says there's too many incidents of rampant narcissism among pro athletes, too much bad writing lionizing them, and too many falls from grace like the one unfolding now in South Africa.
Corrupt, crime ridden, rotting and dangerous- there's no better symbol for industrial decline than Detroit.
Journalist Charlie LeDuff was born there, he moved back to write about the former powerhouse for the Detroit News, and reconnect with his family.
His siblings were still there, trying to eke out a living and struggling to make ends meet. Except for one. His sister Nicole had died, pulled under by the forces of addiction and the lack of hope.
Charlie's newest book Detroit: An American Autopsy is a personal study of how his family got pulled into the decay of what was once the world's fastest growing city. Charlie goes looking for the thing that drives the forces pulling people down and finds it in civic corruption and greed.
Listen to Charlie and you'll understand why he thinks there's still hope for Detroit.
That's it for this week, and that's it for February. We're back with more Day 6 on March 2nd, one month after Groundhog Day. See you then.