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.
Aglaya Glebova, a Russian-American graduate student, marched in Moscow last December and wrote that elections for Vladimir Putin and the parliament were rigged. She tells Dick that fellow demonstrators have been arrested and the protest movement is flagging.
Nicole Anderson Cobb is an African American history professor, born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Her family and friends are die-hard Obama fans, supporting the President come hell or high water, dissent or disapproval out of the question. Nicole has wrestled with her own opinions, and as an emerging playwright, turned them into a one woman show.
Andy Shapero had his political awakening when he was talking politics with his father after years of estrangement following his parents' divorce. Andy carried his new-found confidence to college, and used it to become a campus leader and self-confessed 'Deaniac' during the 2004 campaign of Howard Dean. Also in this episode, Phil DuMas was waiting to board a flight while drinking a huge cup of coffee. When he finally reached the ticket counter, he was rocking side-to-side, doing what his family nicknames "the pee pee dance." When the attendant asked him what was wrong, Phil explained he had a case of "PPD." Little did he know that airline personnel understand PPD to mean "paranoid personality disorder."
Bernd Wollschlaeger grew up in Germany, and heard his father's World War II stories - war stories about being a senior officer in Hitler's Army. When Bernd got older he heard the other stories, about the millions of Jews and civilians who'd been persecuted and killed by the Nazis. When Bernd found out that his father had been involved, and that his father seemed to bear no guilt, he didn't know what to do
Tomorrow is the 45th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. At the time, Sorell Schwartz was a newly minted officer at the Naval Medical Research Center in Bethesda, Md. Soon after he found out about the assassination, Sorell learned the president's body was being transported to his hospital. As he tells Dick Gordon, Sorell next found himself with a lot of responsibility - leading the effort to receive the casket and grieving family members, while also managing a growing crowd of onlookers. Also in this epsiode: Andrew Questell has been playing the blues since he was just a kid - 10 years old. He's now 14.