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.
In 1958, a coal mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia collapsed, killing 74 men and trapping 100 underground. Over a week, crews raced against time to find them. Covering the story from the pithead was a young reporter named Jack MacAndrew. His work was part of the first live international television coverage of a disaster in history. As the world awaits the latest news from the rescue efforts for the 33 trapped miners in Chile, Jack talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw and learned at the Springhill Mines. Also: the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. And, a road trip to remember.
Dr. Georges Bwelle works in Cameroon, West Africa. He has a day job, but on the weekend he heads into the bush with a rented van and medical supplies to do surgeries for people in remote villages. The Story producer Anita “Bekang” Woodley was in Cameroon this past summer, with a tape recorder, looking for her own ancestral village when she happened upon the doctor by chance. Today, we’ll hear Anita’s story of returning to her village, and Dr. Georges' story of bringing health care to rural Africans. Also: from Enron to real estate. And, does your daughter have dad hair?
Millions will flock to New York City this holiday season to enjoy the Radio City Rockettes perform their classic holiday show. It's a New York tradition, one Tina Vaughn knows well. She got to live out the dream of dozens of young girls who want to grace the Radio City stage as a real Rockette dancer. Also in the show: A parent navigates the logistics of gift giving.
On a July afternoon in 1937, 15-year-old Betty Klenck Brown was listening to her family's shortwave radio. She had her journal and was writing down the lyrics to popular songs when she turned the dial and heard the unimaginable: "This is Amelia Earhart. This is Amelia Earhart." Also in this episode, a photograph recently caused some controversy and a few smirks in Europe: a nude photograph of Simone de Beauvoir. The photo was taken by Art Shay. Art was a paparazzi before the term was even invented. In 1952, he took the nude shot of Simone de Beauvoir, who didn't know he'd taken it.