Annalisa Grier figured it out early on - the best way to talk with her father was to watch football and talk football. Specifics about games and plays. They still do, through thick and thin. This comes from our partnership with Salon.com.
Tucker Dupree was a typical high school senior with a passion for swimming. He was looking forward to college and thought he might achieve his dream of becoming a college swimming star. One morning, he woke up, opened his eyes, and couldn't see the red, white and blue USA swimming sticker on the other side of his room. He would soon learn he had a degenerative eye condition. But Tucker didn't give up his dream. Also in this show: The Noble Sacrifice
For 30 years, Kathy Hopwood has shown people how to defend themselves and get out of danger. She tells her students that she herself has escaped several attempted attacks by using simple moves derived from martial arts - like punching, kicking and yelling.Also in this epsiode: a listener story of a trilobite.
Mawi Asgedom Mawi Asgedom immigrated to the United States from Sudan after living in a refugee camp for four years. Although those years in the camp were difficult, his father always found a way to make people laugh. As the family adjusted to life in the American suburb they moved to, however, Mawi says he eventually watched his father's resiliency fade into the background.
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.
When Tim Brooks first heard the name George W. Johnson back in the 1980s, he had no idea his research would lead to a little-known but crucial chapter in the birth of the recording industry. The music is captured in Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, which won a Grammy last year as Best Historical Album. Also on the show: a daughter listens to recordings of her late father singing spirituals.
And now, achieving flight while still on earth. We listen in to a father, Jon Carroll, and his daughter, trapeze artist Shana Carroll. She is part of that small group of people who knows what it feels like to fly. Produced by Jay Allison, a staff member at Transom.org.
Passion Richardson and Marion Jones were teammates on the U.S.Olympic 4 x 100 relay team that took home the bronze medal in 2000. Now that Marion Jones has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, the U.S. Olympic Committee has asked that Passion return her medal as well. Also on the show: another Olympic sprinter may gain a silver medal in the wake of the Jones confession. Then, a man whittles down his belongings to just 600 things.