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August 08, 2008

Olympic Choreography


The 2008 Summer Olympics open tonight with lush ceremonies in Beijing. Head choreographer Shen Wei himself represents the night's fusion of East and West - he grew up in China, but spent 10 years living in the United States.

He talks with Dick Gordon about how dance took him away, and brought him back home again.


Frank Baker wrote to The Story after hearing Dick's interview with Jabari Aali Shaw, a young man adjusting to the daily pressures of life after prison.

Frank worked over 20 years as a probation officer in Oakland, Calif. He says during his career many young people passed through his office, but none were as honest as Jabari.

He talks with Dick about the challenges of being a parole officer and the young people who successfully change their lives.


Some world leaders are boycotting the opening ceremonies tonight to protest China's human rights record. Floyd Scholz lived through an Olympic boycott. Back in the 1970s, Floyd was focused on competing in the decathlon at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. But after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. would boycott the games.

Floyd says the boycott almost ruined his life. In despair, he fled to rural Vermont, learned to play the banjo and went back to his childhood hobby of wood carving. Now he's a world-class carver and is getting ready for another competition at the World Wildfowl Carving Championship.



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