The 2008 Summer Olympics open tonight with lush ceremonies in Beijing. Head choreographer Shen Wei himself represents the night's fusion of East and West - he grew up in China, but spent 10 years living in the United States.Also in this episode, Frank Baker wrote to The Story after hearing Dick's interview with Jabari Aali Shaw, a young man adjusting to the daily pressures of life after prison. Frank worked over 20 years as a probation officer in Oakland, Calif. He says during his career many young people passed through his office, but none were as honest as Jabari. And, some world leaders are boycotting the opening ceremonies tonight to protest China's human rights record. Floyd Scholz lived through an Olympic boycott. Back in the 1970s, Floyd was focused on competing in the decathlon at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
A galloping tale to get you in the spirit of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby. In the mid-seventies, Paula Turner was asked to train an unknown colt by the name of Seattle Slew. That black colt had a crooked leg but, with Paula's persistence, he would go on to win the Triple Crown.
Nick Casey of the Wall Street Journal teamed up with a crime scene photographer to chronicle one day of drug violence in Acapulco, Mexico. Dick Gordon talks to them about the how the Mexican drug wars has changed they way they work and live.
In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend the June 7 Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas, where she'll try to convince shareholders that Walmart must protect the safety of factory workers.