For Leslie Scott, barbecue is a way of life. As she tells Dick Gordon, making great ribs can make someone fall in love with you. Leslie comes from a family with a barbecue sauce that goes back five generations.
Ching Yeung Russell is a writer. Her breakthrough book is called "First Apple." It tells the story of a young girl in China who's never tasted an apple, and sets her mind to do just that. It's pretty close to a true story about her own upbringing.
Singer Kathy Mattea grew up in West Virginia. She remembers a mining disaster in 1968. She and her parents were glued to the television as news of 78 trapped Sago miners came across the screen. Rescuers eventually had to give up. After another Sago mine disaster in 2006, Kathy became convinced the time had come to understand her family's roots in coal. So she set aside the country singing she's famous for and embraced the mountain music of her heritage. The result is her album Coal. Kathy tells Dick Gordon how this musical journey helped her find the story of her own life.
Abigail Washburn and her group The Sparrow Quartet are currently in Beijing. The group was invited by the Chinese government to be "cultural Olympians." For Abigail, it was an invitation to return to a country she loves.
Three months after Doug Block's mother died, Doug's father announced that he was marrying his former secretary. The event shocked the entire family. Doug later came across his mother's diaries and was stunned to learn how frustrated she had been - and how his parents relationship had been based on function, not love. He made a film about what he learned about his family called "51 Birch Street".
It's said that Joe Thompson is the last African American "old-time" fiddler in the south. Joe was born in 1918. His father and uncles were fiddlers who played for black and white audiences for weekend "frolics". Young Joe not only learned the songs of his youth, he performed them at Carnegie Hall. Today Dick Gordon spends an hour with Joe and the young African American string band trio, The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Joe is mentoring the threesome, teaching them the songs which define his musical legacy.