Author Ron Rash reads his short story "Something Rich and Strange," from his new collection, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." It is set along the banks and under the rushing water of a river along the border of Georgia and South Carolina.
Bach: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D Minor, BMV 903 Fugue performed by Maria Tipo
When French photographers Cedric Houin, aka Varial, and Fabrice Nadjari traveled to one of Afghanistan’s most arid and remote regions, they walked for three weeks and hauled their equipment on the backs of donkeys. Once in the Wakhan Corridor, a 140-mile strip bordering China, Tajikstan and Pakistan, they met people who had never seen an outsider – or a photograph. The photographers used Polaroids to instantly show them what they looked like
This week, The National Black Theatre Festival kicks off in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Poet Kwame Dawes will be there to perform his poetry set to music in a work called HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Also on the show: Bernice Johnson-Reagon on her performance at the 1963 March on Washington.
While working for the U.N., Patrick McGrann observed how bureaucracy and distance make it difficult to help people in troubled countries. He decided that in addition to needing jobs and stability, people in war-torn and poor areas also need to have fun. On one of his trips home, Patrick met someone who had a great passion for kites. That meeting led to the founding of the Kite Gang. Also in this program: how much plastic is in the ocean?
Frankie Manning helped invent one of the most exuberant and purely American art forms this country can lay claim to: the Lindy Hop. Frankie perfected his moves in Harlem dance halls and ballrooms in the 1930s and 1940s. His grace and flair took him from South America to Hollywood, as he helped make the Lindy the dance of its age. Now 93 years old, Frankie still teaches and demonstrates the Lindy Hop all over the world. Also on the show: the Bucket Boys explain how drumming on plastic buckets has transformed their lives.