Tyler Thompson attends the Oakland School for the Arts. He's been learning Chinese since he was young and now can sing complex roles and often is invited to perform for Chinese officials. See Tyler sing Chinese Opera.
The world is in mourning for Dith Pran, the famed photojournalist who exposed the killing fields of Cambodia in the 1970s. He died on Sunday. Phal Sum was just a child when the Khmer Rouge terrorized Cambodia. He was taken from his family and forced to labor at a work camp for boys. He escaped to Thailand, and that's where he discovered the martial art that would save his life: Thai boxing. Also in this epsiode: a response to our recent story about electric cars.
James Hand is a native of West, Texas. He often composes music outside, walking his land. However, since the deadly explosion at West Fertilizer Company in April, he says writing music has not come easily.
“I don’t think I’m able to write a song that would explain all the hurt, terror, the sorrow, the despair, the anguish, and the loss of everything,” he says.