We have followed Ahmed Fadaam for six years - during the Iraq War and after U.S. troops pulled out. This month, he moved to the U.S. with his family, and he now faces the challenge many immigrants have faced - to find a place in America.
Konrad Jarausch's father served in a reserve battalion of Hitler’s Army. As a young man, Konrad struggled with his father’s role in the war. Recently, as an historian, Konrad began to re-read the war-time letters that his mother had saved.
Sixty-nine years ago this week, children's book author and artist Ashley Bryan was in a segregated Army unit, waiting off-shore for D-Day to begin. He and other African-American soldiers in his unit were responsible for bringing supplies onto the beaches. He kept a sketchbook in his gas mask and drew when he could. "It kept me connected to my humanity," he says.
This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the 1988 Iran Massacre, when thousands of dissidents and activists were imprisoned and executed by the theocratic state. Iranian activist Shahla Talebi survived the massacre. Also in this episode, Nancy Poole started working in a piano shop mostly to keep herself afloat during a rough time. Then she fell in love with a piano - a rosewood grand concert piano she nicknamed "Big Red."
Nyagatare Valens left Rwanda in 1990, just before the war started. He intended to study in the U.S. and return home. Instead, he spent 17 years building a life here, grateful for his opportunities but always wondering just what his family had endured. This spring, Nyagatare realized a dream - his mother Anisie came to the U.S. for her first visit and Nyagatare finally got a chance to hear what happened.Also in this episode, the haiku of Lenard Moore.
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.
Stefani Barner's husband, Rob, is a technical sergeant in the Air National Guard, and he is about to head off for his second tour in Iraq. Dick sat down with Rob and Stefani to talk about how Rob's returning to Iraq will affect their family. Both Rob and Stefani are against the war, but their shared perspective hasn't made conversations about the future any easier.
Stephen Leonard's family has served in every war waged by this country, from the Revolutionary War to the war in Iraq. When he was growing up, his father, a WWII veteran, wanted Steve to consider serving in Vietnam. Steve wanted no part of it, and found it painful to disappoint his dad.
But the lesson of their arguments, which lasted the better part of two years, was one of principle: it wasn't okay to say that he simply didn't want to go to war; he had to articulate why he didn't believe that the war was just.