Some speeches are so strong that they live on - without any audio. We hear about a speech made by William Jennings Bryan in 1896. It’s considered one of the greatest American speeches and was about money - gold versus silver.
Dick spoke with Senator McGovern in 2007, and heard him read from his famous 1970 speech to the U.S. Congress condemning the Vietnam War. McGovern died Sunday, and we remember his clarity and eloquence.
One of the most closely-watched votes this week is California’s Proposition 19. It’s a measure that would legalize the cultivation and possession of marijuana. Kimberly Simms never thought she’d care much about the issue. She is a lawyer, and she’s found her niche in the groundbreaking field of marijuana law. Also, stories from our listener series "Personal Politics." And, meeting Jackie Robinson.
Like Barack Obama, Xavier Bishop is a politician who ran for office as an outsider. Originally from Chicago, Xavier wanted to become mayor of Moss Point, Miss. Xavier won the election, but then he was tested mightily: On his first day in office, a hurricane hit.
Mary Lee Haywood was diagnosed with TB in 1952, when she was 18. She had plans to go to nursing school and marry her high school sweetheart. All of that had to be postponed. Instead, Mary Lee spent nearly 2 years in sanatoriums. For a full year, she was confined to bed rest in a hospital. Also on the show: Doris "Granny D" Haddock ran for US Senate - at age 94.
Oprah Winfrey will broadcast her final episode of the The Oprah Winfrey Show this week, ending a 25-season run. One person who always watched Oprah was The Story producer Anita Woodley. Anita grew up in Oakland, and she dreamed of being a journalist on TV like Oprah.