Tim’m T. West has been trying to reconcile his masculinity with his homosexuality since he was a kid. Now the gay-identified hip-hop artist uses his music and prose to understand his relationship with his father and what it means to be a man.
When Douglas Lee was 16 years old, he and a friend quit their summer job busing tables and headed for Woodstock. They stuffed hundreds of bagels in their trunk with the intention of selling them at the concert.
People in DeBerry, Texas have been drinking, cooking with, and bathing in bottled water for two years. Tests by industry and the EPA have confirmed their well water is unfit for use because it's contaminated, most likely from nearby oil and gas waste disposal sites. Dick talks with three people campaigning for cleaner water in the region. Also on the show: another edition of Ahmed's Diary. And, the world's fastest drummer.
Jabari Aali Shaw talks with Dick about his own life as a prisoner, including the three prison riots he participated in at San Quentin State Penitentiary. His riot memories include defending himself with a tray after another inmate attacked him with a sharpened mattress spring.
Lieutenant Carl Baumgaertner fought in the Second World War along the Saar River in Germany. Like many veterans, he tucked his war memories in a footlocker and never spoke of them. Fifty years later, a series of email exchanges with his son Jim sparked a detailed conversation and a trip to Germany. Also, a film that honors service in the Korean War.
To most of us, barbecue means summer and backyard gatherings over plates of grilled chicken, pork, or burgers. For Leslie Scott, barbecue is much more. It's a way of life. As she tells Dick Gordon, making great ribs can make someone fall in love with you.
20 years ago Steve DeJoseph unplugged his TV, took it to the driveway and sold it. He's been TV-free ever since. Steve talks to Dick Gordon about how that decision changed his life. Also in this episode, when Greg Barbera lost his job as managing editor of a newspaper, it took him a while in to find another job. In fact, Greg never found another job. He began staying home with his kids, and by default he became a stay-at-home dad.