Host Dick Gordon visits artist Toni Scott, who has spent years making art based on the life of American slaves. She has studied the slave narratives in the Library of Congress, and built life-size castings of people in her work Bloodlines.
President Barack Obama travels to Oslo, Norway to collect his Nobel Peace Prize tomorrow. Twelve years ago, another American stepped on the stage in Oslo to accept her share of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1997 it was awarded to Jody Williams and the organization she worked for: The International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Also in the show: A woman returns to her love of calligraphy.
During the Vietnam War, many U.S. servicemen found themselves involved with Vietnamese women. Jerry White signed up for the Army, and was eventually stationed in a village outside of Saigon. His first day there the platoon leader warned him about a beautiful girl named Tuyet who was collaborating with the Viet Cong.
Sixty years ago this summer, a fire occurred that redefined modern forest fire fighting. Bob Sallee was just 17 years old when he joined the smokejumpers, an elite new group of forest fire fighters. On his very first jump he parachuted down to battle the Mann Gulch blaze outside of Helena, Mont. The blaze seemed routine at first - but fueled by high winds the fire suddenly blew up, it took on new life and jumped the gulch that had separated the smokejumpers from it.
Aaron Stark is a professional mixed martial artist. He's college-educated, a member of MENSA and works at his family's Oregon vineyard. He talks to Dick Gordon about how what's most appalling about the sport is also what's most appealing. Also in this episode, Alonzetta Huey's dad Alonzo voted in any and all elections. As an African American born in Arkansas, Alonzo lived through harassments and threats on many a voting day. Alonzetta never quite "got" her dad's commitment to the political process until he told her one story from his own past.
The work of the Wisconsin Senate has been paralyzed for a second week as 14 Democratic lawmakers remain out of state, refusing to return and take part in legislation that would curtail the bargaining rights of public sector unions. The most dramatic disappearance of lawmakers was in the late spring, 1979, in Texas. Senator Carl Parker and his fellow Democrats - nicknamed the Killer Bees - hid for five days to avoid controversial legislation.
When a quarter million people marched on Washington in 1963, the city shut down, and police and military were on guard in case of rioting. Fifty years later, a minister, a photographer, a ranger, and a student turned activist remember it as one of the greatest moments of their lives.