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.
Author Charlie Newton has been writing about cops for years. He writes fiction (police thrillers) and his books have done well. So one day he got an idea; Why not teach cops to write stories themselves, about their own lives? He started teaching a fiction course at the Chicago Police Department.
Paul Glickman and Tamarind King are unlikely creative collaborators. She's a young woman with wonderful talent as an artist. He's a retired New York filmmaker who had one project he still wanted to do. Together, they've made a 12-minute masterpiece - a fully-animated, hand-drawn cartoon to the score of Aaron Copland's El Salon Mexico. Also in this show, self publishing leads to 30,000 downloads, a movie deal and a real live paperback coming out in August.
Donn Young made a life as a successful photographer in New Orleans. He nearly lost all of his work when Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago. More than 1.5 million images were under 10 feet of water.
Today is an anniversary for Deadheads around the world. It was 15 years ago today that Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack. Dick talks to someone who had a "brush with fame" when he took a ride in a small car with the music legend.