Dick speaks with Mary Simon, president of Canada’s national Inuit organization, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Simon grew up in a rural Quebecois trading post without roads, and now travels constantly representing 55,000 Inuit from the country’s northernmost reaches.
Jimmy Grashow first saw Rome’s Trevi Fountain in the mid-sixties, when he studied in Italy as a young sculptor. The fountain was originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and his marble horses and gods of the sea tower 85 feet above the crowds of tourists. Grashow has recreated the massive fountain…in cardboard. His work is the subject of the documentary, The Cardboard Bernini.
The night before he was killed, President John F. Kennedy spent the night surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of masterpiece artworks. A curator in Dallas has recreated that collection as a tribute.
Russell L. Goings, the African-American pioneer of Wall Street and one of the founders of Essence Magazine, has now added another feather to his hat. He has created an epic poem called “The Children of Children Keep Coming: an Epic Griotsong.” Sketches of black history from the famed painter and collagist Romare Bearden complement his work. As the artist was dying of cancer, Romare Bearden made Russell a promise to use a portfolio of artwork in some way. It would take years before Russell decided what to do with this tremendous gift. Also - infiltrating a white supremacist group.
The Blues, as a genre, is not exactly known for its fidelity to holy days. But Christmas has inspired a whole subset of the blues. Bill Ferris is with the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina. He is The Story's resident folklorist, and this Christmas he talks to Dick about growing up with the blues at Christmastime - and he brings along with him some wonderful musical surprises.
Lisa Snell was laid off from her graphic design and layout job at a small newspaper last year. Lisa thought the owners would call her begging her to come back, but instead they called her with an offer: to buy the paper.
Mike Stachowiak knows the thrill of online gaming intimately. He spent three years during high school and college immersed in an online role playing game called EverQuest. When he quit, he was ranked the best player in the world. He eventually sold his ID on eBay for $2,000.
Since she was a child, Somi has used music to explore her identity as a Rwandese-Ugandan who grew up in the United States. Somi identifies deeply with her cultural roots, especially the idea she was taught while very young: that everyone has a song worth hearing.