AHMED: ART AND WAR
Ahmed recently visited the military base at Ft. Bragg, NC. He talks to Dick Gordon about the profound ambivalence he felt about meeting troops there: how it was both difficult on one level and yet humanizing on another. He also talks about returning to the art studio, after 5 years of not creating any sculpture. Despite wanting to escape the war through art, he finds that the war still haunts his imagination.
Matt Arbogast is a young musician in Chicago who performs under the name The Gunshy. Last year, he talked with Dick about the album he made based on love letters his grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War Two. Matt recently wrote to let us know his grandmother, Julia, passed peacefully in June. Matt's album had a profound impact on her and the entire family. Matt has written a new song for her called "For Julia.
LISTENER FOLLOW UP: CLASSIFIED AD DAD
Chris Allison heard Dick's conversation with Alison Keenan about how she met her future husband, and adoptive father of her two boys, through the classifieds.
Chris tells Dick a story about his own adoptive father, and the startling discovery of why his biological father left the family.