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.
Katie Chung never thought much about race while growing up in Burlington, N.C. But everything changed for her when she married her Korean boyfriend and decided to take his last name. Now she constantly has to explain herself to people who don't know what a woman named Katie Chung is "supposed" to look like.
Oscar Grant is the young black man who was shot by a BART transit officer in the back a couple of years ago. Journalist and community organizer JR Valrey says that seeing the story unfold has had an impact on his life.
In 1987, Jack Bouroudjian was a first year trader on Wall Street. As things started to go sour on "Black Monday", Jack was making money, buying at bargain prices. Then he took one look at the faces of the older traders and he knew this was not your typical "buy low, sell high" scenario. Then, to the crash of 1929 - a woman remembers how her family become homeless during The Great Depression. Also on the show: Freda Aron turns 93.