Today marks the 46th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination. His grandson, Malcolm Shabazz's life has mirrored a number of the turns his grandfather went through, including time in prison and a transformative pilgrimage to Mecca. Now he is finding inspiration in his family and redefining his life. Also in this episode: Christine Ferrera has been filling out and submitting the comment card at Starbucks everyday... for five years.
When two women share a kitchen, holiday or not, bonds can become closer, or they can fray. Allison Vogt's mother-in-law Ruth moved into Allison's home, and the two women shared stories...and a kitchen.
Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. He tells Dick Gordon about the opposition he encountered along the way.
Ryan Kathman will be sharing pie and coffee today, Thanksgiving, with his mom and his birth mom. Ryan began searching for his birth mother at age thirty. Moira Mangiameli was also searching for him. The two had even performed side-by-side as actors on stage, not knowing that they were related. Also: think you have a lot of pies cooling on the counter this Thanksgiving day?
Mimin left Indonesia when she was 17 years old. She was promised a job as a housekeeper with a wealthy family in Los Angeles. When she arrived, the family confiscated her passport and told her if she left the house she'd be arrested, or raped. For seven years, Mimin cleaned, cooked, and cared for the children and dogs - without pay.
Nine-year-old Alison Spiller wrote us a letter after listening to an episode of our program. She wrote, "I hope my experiences will help your listeners with children." Turns out, Alison’s father was unemployed for over a year before he found a new job, and that meant big changes in Alison’s lifestyle. Also in this show: Your Story - A Chance Encounter
his will be a big weekend for cycling enthusiasts - the final push in this year's Tour de France. Many fans make regular stops at the Fat Cyclist blog for news about their sport. Elden Nelson started the blog a few years back. It was funny and personal. But when his wife was battling breast cancer, he knew he either had to stop blogging, or write about the experience. Elden talks to Dick Gordon about how he's managed to raise so much money to fight cancer, and his once-in-a-lifetime ride with Lance and Team Radio Shack.
Barbara Smith Conrad is a gifted mezzo-soprano who, as student at the University of Texas, found herself in a civil rights storm. It happened when Smith was cast opposite a white student. Smith was featured in the PBS documentary, When I Rise.