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.
We hear the story of Fanny Hensel, sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn, and the music she created and was not credited for.
Percussionist Alfred "Uganda" Roberts talks about the musicians with whom he’s worked.
A musical primer on how to warm up the instrument before playing or using it.
Janet Groth was a receptionist at the New Yorker magazine from 1957 to 1978. She says she was like a mother hen to the magazine's legendary writers, including J.D. Salinger.
The former mayor of Carlsbad, N.M., on his region’s enthusiasm for storing nuclear waste.
Dick sits down with Keenan Kampa, a U.S.-born dancer to talk about the rigorous work it takes to find a place in a dance company, and how she was invited into the storied company The Mariinsky Ballet.
Nikky Finney reads a poem for the next generation of writers, from her collection "Head Off & Split."
We offer an appreciation of the creator and host of Soul Train, Don Cornelius.
Photographer Charlotte Dumas likes to photograph working animals, and spent time at night in the stables of Arlington National Cemetery.
Dick tracks down Dotan Negrin, who’s traveling and playing his upright piano in New York City, New Orleans, San Antonio, and all the way through Central America to Panama.
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.
A reading by poet Martin Espada.
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