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.
Tom Keithdied last week, and was the sound effects man for A Prairie Home Companion. His fellow sound man, Fred Newman, says Tom kept a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and could make the perfect footsteps, faltering or robust.
Matthew Stoneman moved to Los Angeles with dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom. Instead he became a thief and landed in prison. To pass the time, he got a guitar and learned over a hundred classic songs, in Spanish, from the Mexican inmates. When he got out he became an unlikely troubadour, singing and playing for tips in the Latino restaurants around East L.A. Also in this show, an unexpected birder.
TJ Leyden tells Dick Gordon that he joined the Marines in the late 1980s not to serve his country, but to aid the neo-Nazi movement. TJ was once a racist skinhead who tried to recruit other Marines into white supremacist organizations. He talks about how he eventually abandoned extremism, and how he now he travels the country teaching people about the dangers of hate groups. Also in this episode: teacher by day, exotic dancer by night.
Attorney H. Candace Gorman has just returned from her 5th trip to Cuba. She represents 2 Guantanamo prisoners, neither of whom has ever been charged with anything. One of them, Abdul Al Ghizzawi, is so depressed that she fears he may commit suicide. Also on the show: the longest-running hockey league for inner city youths in the nation.
The 2010 Winter Olympic games are a couple of weeks away. For Jerry McGovern, it's a chance to look back at one very memorable time - the 1980 games in Lake Placid. Jerry wasn't an athlete in Lake Placid. He was a chauffeur for the VIPs attending the games.
Oprah Winfrey will broadcast her final episode of the The Oprah Winfrey Show this week, ending a 25-season run. One person who always watched Oprah was The Story producer Anita Woodley. Anita grew up in Oakland, and she dreamed of being a journalist on TV like Oprah.
The last time eastern Arizona was ablaze like it was last week, Charlie Brown was right in the middle of it. He's a volunteer firefighter in Pinedale, a town burned by the Rodeo-Chediski fire in 2002. Charlie's home was lost, and he defied safety orders to help other people in his community. He talks about what it's like to see land burned, "black to black."