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.
Debbie Long grew up the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Her parents never spoke of their experiences, but Debbie always felt the need to know where she came from. She and her mom looked for years with some success, but after her mother died, Debbie began her search for relatives in earnest. With the help of today's technology, she was able to connect with family members she didn't even know existed.
Theresa Phillips' vision of the American Dream for her children is that they are safe, regardless of the path they take in life. Her work within a trailer park women's co-op in Battle Creek, Mich., shaped that vision. Theresa says she moved to the community to escape an abusive past. To her surprise, she found many women in the same boat. So Theresa invited all the women in the trailer park to her lot to figure out how they could change their lives.
Where Garrett "G" Sample lives in Philadelphia, murder is rampant. When his friend was killed and his teenage brother died, "G" tried to find a way to limit his grieving. His solution was to get a tattoo. Also on the show: from ivory tower to forklift operator.
In the mid 1980s Mark Gerow was an American serving with the Air Force in Japan. He met a young Japanese woman named Naomi whose family welcomed him into their home - everyone except for Naomi’s grandfather. One day, Mark learned the reason why Naomi’s grandfather kept his distance. But what happened next is something Mark will never forget.
William Poy Lee grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown. But as he grew older, he became more and more American. When William Lee sat down to write his memoir, he realized he could not do it alone. It was the lessons (and the winter soups) of his mother, Poy Jen, that helped shape the person he had become. Also on the show: getting the dreaded pink slip just before hitting retirement age.
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.
In America, nursing homes are in high demand - there are only 17,000 slots for the 1.6 million seniors who can no longer live on their own. Overcrowding is common. Patients often talk of insensitive staff. Staff, on the other hand, talk of low pay and high stress.
But Cordelia Taylor has found a way to offer care to seniors that is like being home.
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.