Nicole Rowe was 40 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same disease that killed her grandmother. Before going in for double mastectomy, she played in a poker tournament, and won… She was also given a lucky wig. She’s beaten the cancer for now, and is passing along the wig to another cancer patient.
The new film Miral is generating all kinds of controversy – as most films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict do. The movie is based on the novel written by Rula Jebreal, inspired by her own life. Rula got caught up in the first intifada, a time when Palestinian children were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. Rula was arrested and friends of hers were killed. Rula tells Dick Gordon how she escaped the violence and became an advocate for peace. Also in this episode, Ignacio Varchausky is a musician from Buenos Aires.
Jabari Aali Shaw talks with Dick about his own life as a prisoner, including the three prison riots he participated in at San Quentin State Penitentiary. His riot memories include defending himself with a tray after another inmate attacked him with a sharpened mattress spring.
Arlie Sholes remembers when the battle between farmers and the government over resources came to a boil. During the Midwest Farming Crisis of the 1980s, he was forced to sell everything and get another job. Arlie's day job led him back to the farm, but this time as a Rural Farm Crisis Hotline Responder. He talks with Dick Gordon about how his own experiences as a farmer prepared him to help other farmers who were going through a tough time. All these years later, he's still answering the phone.
Like many Americans who are now middle-aged, Maggie Steber has to provide care for her aging mother. Complicating the matter is Maggie's profession: she's an award-winning photojournalist who's often traveling abroad. Another complication is that Maggie has always had a troubled relationship with her mother, Madje. And their relationship only got harder once Madje developed dementia. But after her mother's mental health started to decline, she tells Dick Gordon that something surprising happened. Dementia gave her the mother she always wanted.