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.
Irish poet Seamus Heaney died recently, at the age of 74. Dick Gordon spoke with Heaney back in 2004, and we listen to an excerpt from that conversation. At the time, Heaney had just completed his own version of Antigone.
Matthew Stoneman moved to Los Angeles with dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom. Instead he became a thief, and landed in prison. To pass the time, he got a guitar and learned more than a hundred classic songs, in Spanish, from the Mexican inmates. When he got out he became an unlikely troubadour. Also: the origins of the Heisman Trophy.
Mary D. Williams is afraid that traditional black gospel music is disappearing. She grew up loving her father's singing and the performances he gave with his gospel group "The Dependable Quintet." But Mary didn't know she had the same gift until she was 13. She's now teaching students how to feel the power of traditional gospel music through the hymns she knew as a child.
Dinerral Shavers was the drummer and singer for the New Orleans-based Hot 8 Brass Band. He was also a victim of the post-Katrina violence. He was shot during what would turn out to be one of the most violent weeks in post-Katrina New Orleans. Dinerral’s band mate Bennie Pete remembers when the two met.