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.
Cassio Batteast became a biological father at the age of 18. But it wasn’t until his sister was deployed to Iraq and he took in his two young nephews, that he really became a father. Also: Kat Walker is a pharmacist who helped make a dying cancer patient's dream come true.
When Shana & Matthew bought their fixer-upper home, they planned to slowly make repairs. Within weeks, they watched nearly everything fall apart - pipes burst, floorboards collapsed and termites poured into the kitchen. Friends and family recommended Shana and Matthew walk away. Instead, they've torn the house completely down and they are rebuilding on the same spot. Also in this show: Digging Up A Niche
Norma Kathman and her husband never kept it a secret that their son Ryan was adopted. In fact, Norma closely chronicled Ryan's life just in case he ever chose to reconnect with his birth mother. At the time Ryan began searching for her, his birth mother Moira Mangiameli was also searching for him.
In the midst of a national housing crisis, Cassandra Brush recognizes what a privilege it is to live in her dream home. Cassandra and her husband, Dan, were determined to be homeowners without a mortgage. So the couple set out to build a house from scratch. They lived for years in a one-room cellar hole that would eventually become the basement of their new house. But when neighbors and friends started showing up to help, Cassandra realized she was getting a house and a community.
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.