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.
Colonel Jack Tueller began playing the trumpet as a young boy. The instrument helped him through a rough childhood, was the reason he met his wife, served as a constant companion when Jack was a bomber pilot during World War II and even helped save his life.
Except when it isn't. We check in with Julia Trigg Crawford who is fighting the TransCanada Corporation as it lays pipe for the XL Pipeline. When Julia started her fight, less than a year ago, she was sure she could stop the company from digging up the land she’d inherited from her family. But the digging has begun – in spite of ongoing litigation.
For years, the writer Wilton Barnhardt avoided living in his home state of North Carolina or writing about it. But in his newest novel, he dives into the ups and downs of a prominent family from the state's largest city.
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.
Dick Gordon talks to the father-daughter duo, Blair and Steve Hansen, about the ups and downs of tackling music as a family business. Also in this episode, we continue to follow the fate of one detainee at Guantanamo, Mr. Al Ghizzawi. His attorney, Candace Gorman, has the update.
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.