Public Radio Stars Making Mark on the Big Screen June 22, 2006 NPR Producer Kitty Eisele pointed out to me yesterday that right now, there are no fewer than three movies featuring public radio personages in the theaters. Public radio has heat. First, of course, there’s A Prairie Home Companion, starring down-home public radio figures like Lindsey Lohan, as well as teen hottie Garrison Keillor. Har, har. That was a little Prairie Home humor right there. Then there’s the Pixar movie, Cars, in which “Dusty and Rusty Rust-eze” are raucously voiced by Car Talk’s Tom and Ray Magliozzi. And finally, there’s Wordplay. The documentary about New York Times crossword puzzle master Will Shortz has sent NPR into something of a crossbranding tizzy. That’s because you can hear Shortz stumping listeners every week on Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen. Both Hansen and Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan are among the famous cruciverbalists featured in the documentary.