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August 17, 2007

Standing Up

Standing Up

Fifty years ago this summer, Virginia Williams and six other young African Americans walked into a segregated ice cream parlor in Durham, N.C., sat down, and ordered ice cream. They were arrested and jailed.

Guest host Aaron Henkin talks to Virginia about how she got involved with the "Durham Seven" - and what happened after their arrest. The group refused to pay a $25 trespassing fine, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. It was one of the first sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement.

Recipes Lost And Found

Amy Cyrex Sins lost her home and all of her treasured recipes during Hurricane Katrina. She says, "They were all destroyed by the floodwaters sitting my home for weeks. Many of these recipes were handwritten and handed down for generations. I will never again be able to create my mother-in-law's doberge cake or my aunt's corn and crab soup."

Dick Gordon talked to Amy about new recipes she collected from friends and neighbors. They appear in her self-published cookbook, Ruby Slippers. A portion of the book's proceeds go to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Since the interview first aired, Amy has moved into her new home, and her cookbook won an international award.

Going Back To Green

Like a lot of people, Scott Dwire graduated from college wanting to do something of service to the world. It was the middle of the energy crisis of the late 1970s, and Scott went to work on new sources of energy. That job led him to work on energy efficient housing.

Along the way, interest in energy conservation ebbed, and Scott's career went off course. Then an event occurred that shook Scott to his foundation. Scott's soul searching led him back to where he started - energy efficient construction. But this time, the market was ready for him.

Music

Gut Bucket Blues by Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders for the album Blues Routes: Heroes and Tricksters – blues and Jazz work Songs and Street Music

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