Elizabeth Samet teaches literature at West Point. She says the cadets are always a little surprised when she reveals her interest in Civil War history, in particular, what she’s learned from reading the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.
Danny "Big Dan" Mora once roamed the streets of East Oakland, Calif., as a gang member. Danny Mora now is a senior at the University of California at Berkeley with plans to attend Harvard next year. Danny believes it is important to not leave the community. In fact, he mentors young people, encouraging them to stay out of gangs.Also in this episode, Carl Cooksey's story from Detroit.
Musician Boston Fielder has music in his blood; his Uncle Baldy was one of Elvis’ first musical influences. Boston's band MuthaWit just released a new album called “Men & Women or la Revenge de Uncle Baldy.”Also: “Freddie Sez" is the unofficial mascot of the New York Yankees. At nearly every game, he bangs pots and pans and revs up the crowd. Freddy’s Yankee celebrity even helped him reconnect with his estranged son Cliff.
Geoff Greif, Jasey Schnaars and Bob Thompson are a trio of aging rockers. They were something of a one hit wonder in the early seventies. But the band they created in 1969, The Kansas City Jammers, has recently been rediscovered thanks to the Internet. Problem was, the guys had moved on with their lives. Also in the show: A soda shop the sells only, well... soda.