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.
Regular guest Mariem Masmoudi left college in the U.S. to be part of the revolution in her family’s ancestral home of Tunisia. Soon, her father was running for office, and Mariem was considering running herself.
All musician Matt Arbogast knew about his grandfather, Paul Arbogast, was that Paul died as a young man after serving in World War II, and that his grandmother, Julia, never remarried. Then Matt came into possession of letters Paul had written to Julia between 1943 and 1945. Matt was electrified with the idea of making an album based on the letters. Also on the show: a 94 year-old's run for U.S. Senate.
As a member of the Crips gang in Los Angeles, Aqeela Sherrills hated his rivals. But in 1992, he helped negotiate a peace treaty between the Bloods and the Crips. They announced it on a Tuesday, and the next day a jury acquitted four police officers of the beating of Rodney King, sparking the Los Angeles riots.
When Douglas Lee was 16 years old, he and a friend quit their summer job busing tables and headed for Woodstock. They stuffed hundreds of bagels in their trunk with the intention of selling them at the concert.
When Craig James started collecting 19th century photographs of African Americans who had once been enslaved, he had no idea he'd find a preserved image of his own ancestor, his great-great-great grandmother Nursey James. Also on the show: a woman's decision to freeze her eggs.
Shigeko Sasamori was 13 years old on August 6, 1945. At 8:15 AM she was working with her junior high classmates clearing the streets of Hiroshima, Japan. She looked up into the clear blue sky when she heard a plane flying overhead and saw something white dropping to the earth. Shigeko was less than a mile from the center of the explosion caused by the world's first atomic bomb. Somehow, Shigeko survived. Also in this episode: photographer David Spear.