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.
Matthew Stoneman moved to Los Angeles with dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom. Instead he became a thief, and landed in prison. To pass the time, he got a guitar and learned more than a hundred classic songs, in Spanish, from the Mexican inmates. When he got out he became an unlikely troubadour. Also: the origins of the Heisman Trophy.
As Fashion Week wrapped up last week, pictures of the spring collections were everywhere. For the first time in 22 years, Eric Gaskins attended the shows not as a New York designer but instead, as his alter ego Fluff Chance, one of the fashion world's sharpest bloggers.
The new film Miral is generating all kinds of controversy – as most films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict do. The movie is based on the novel written by Rula Jebreal, inspired by her own life. Rula got caught up in the first intifada, a time when Palestinian children were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. Rula was arrested and friends of hers were killed. Rula tells Dick Gordon how she escaped the violence and became an advocate for peace. Also in this episode, Ignacio Varchausky is a musician from Buenos Aires.
Curt Moody knows that the election of a black man to the highest office in the land is a pivotal next step for the country. Curt faced an uphill struggle trying to gain legitimacy as an architect. Also in this show: My Cairo Cousin
Dick Smothers is half of the legendary Smothers Brothers duo. He tells host Dick Gordon how he and Tom developed their jokes and timing, what material worked for them, and what brought things to an end.
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.