Ray Hanania only went to see Titanic the movie because his fiance did. But when he heard a character speaking in Arabic, he shot up in his seat, and since then has worked to uncover the hidden history of Arabs on the Titanic and America.
In 1964, Dan was accidentally lifted 3,000 feet in the air by a hot air balloon. He was 11 years old, and with his buddies went to watch a balloon take off from the local high school football field. Dan was asked to hold a rope, but didn't hear the call to let go
Dr. John Hope Franklin passed away yesterday in Durham, N.C. He was born in 1915 to an America still divided by race. Throughout his childhood and early education, his mother and father taught him the value of service, discipline, and hard work as the best way to rise above discrimination. He grew up to become one of this nation's most respected African American scholars.
In the summer of 1961 when Gurdon Brewster was a seminary student, Gurdon volunteered to work at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He stayed with Dr. Martin Luther King's father, Daddy King. As a white northerner in the South, Gurdon struggled with two kinds of discrimination that summer - from both African-American parishioners and his fellow white clergymen.
People around the world have watched and speculated about the street protests in Iran. The images have been particularly interesting for Wolfgang Kleinwachter. He was a part of the crowd in East Germany in October 1989, when protests helped lead to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.
Ricky Hart had a life-altering epiphany while watching the TV series, "Roots." The scene depicted the slave, Kunta Kinte, being whipped into using his new name, Toby. It outraged him, but it also inspired him to dig into his own family history, which dates back to a plantation in North Carolina.
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.
Guest Host Sean Cole speaks with Cryn Johannsen, who is an activist on student debt issues. She threw out a question in her blog about whether anyone had suicidal feelings, and was alarmed at how many people wrote saying they did.