Listener Todd Parkman knows exactly when politics became personal for him. For five years, Todd, his wife and some friends worked to get an alcohol law passed in Mississippi, a state that has many dry counties.
Protesters in Syria have called for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, once a London physician who succeeded his father as head of state when he died. Few outsiders have had the chance to speak with him. Dick speaks to Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, a journalist who has interviewed him multiple times. He can describe the man ruling Syria.
James Hand is a native of West, Texas. He often composes music outside, walking his land. However, since the deadly explosion at West Fertilizer Company in April, he says writing music has not come easily.
“I don’t think I’m able to write a song that would explain all the hurt, terror, the sorrow, the despair, the anguish, and the loss of everything,” he says.