Friday night, Nik Wallenda will walk across a tightrope strung above Niagara Falls. It will be the first dare-devil event the falls have seen in years. Producer Phoebe Judge previews the walk with Dick.
The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky almost caused a riot when it was first seen 100 years ago. Today it has become a classic and is being celebrated on its centenary- yet eyebrows can still be raised when a puppeteer stages his version. That production premieres today.
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.
Dick speaks with folklorist Bill Ferris about the "single strand" instruments—like a single strand of wire fixed to the side of a wooden shack and played with a bottle—that led the way to the blues that we know today.
David Lowery is more comfortable on a stage than in a combat zone. But the lead singer of the rock band Cracker left comfort behind recently to play for the troops serving in Iraq. The singer is personally against the war. But one of his songs, Yalla Yalla, became a hit with soldiers.
At 91 years old, Henry Stone is still at work as a record producer. He remembers producing one of Ray Charles' earliest recordings, and hand-selling early R&B albums to train porters and in barbershops.