A reading by poet Martin Espada.
Poet Martin Espada reads his poem “The Trouble Ball” about going to a baseball game with his father.
Glen Creason, the map librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, finds so many maps in one house, he doubles the library’s collection.
Celebrating the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
The farm manager of a small Vermont college talks about the school’s decision to slaughter an aging ox - and the protests that followed.
Robert Battle grew up wearing braces, but he didn’t let that hold him back from dancing – or becoming the director of the world-class Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
A profile of country rocker Tift Merritt in her own words.
Novelist Justin Torres reads a passage from his debut novel, We The Animals, in which a father tries to teach his wife and son to swim.
Photographer Nina Berman reads from a collection of essays about times when photographers have chosen not to capture a picture.
A tribute to the late banjo master Earl Scruggs.
Ray Williams tells the story of signing Elton John.
A profile in words and music of the New Orleans composer, producer and musician. This comes from producer David Schulman of Musicians In Their Own Words.
Dick visits with a Mississippi doctor who has modeled his health care plan on the "health houses" he saw during a visit to Iran.
Blues musician Corey Harris describes how he heard elements of his music in Mali when he made a trip there.
Dicks speaks with Thomas Steinbeck about how a Texas judge used Lennie, a character from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, to measure mental ability in a death penalty case.
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