15-year-old Ruby Jane spends her time sharing the stage with some of country music's greatest names, including Willie Nelson and Mark O'Connor. Ruby Jane started playing the violin at the age of two. She's now a world-class fiddler who also sings, composes music and plays the guitar and mandolin. Guest host David Brown talks with Ruby Jane in Austin, Texas about her adventures in music. Also in this show: under forty and unemployed.
Lauren Swedlow took a job as a waitress at the Marriott in downtown Chicago to help support her life as an artist. She struggled with splitting her time between her passion and her reality until something extraordinary happened. A customer at the restaurant left Lauren a tip that was so substantial, she could quit her job for a year and do what she loved.
Beverly McIver is an award-winning artist. Her paintings are exhibited in collections across the country. Many of them draw on the discomfort she felt growing up black in North Carolina and living through the Greensboro Massacre.
Beverly also grew up resenting her mentally-disabled sister, Renee, who commanded much of her mother's attention. When Beverly later created portraits of Renee, she found herself scratching Renee's face out with her brush.Years later, when Beverly's mother was dying in a hospital, she painted the scene complete with tubes and monitors.
Jillian Weise was born with birth defects that deformed her right leg, foot and spine. As a child she underwent multiple corrective operations. Then when she was 11, Jillian convinced her parents, her doctors and a psychologist that instead of having further operations, she wanted her leg amputated above the knee. Now walking on a high-tech prosthesis, Jillian has written a book of poems to counteract the perception that 'cripples' lead boring, asexual lives. Also on the show: another award for old-time fiddler Joe Thompson.
Millions of us will take to the road this week, headed to Thanksgiving destinations. No matter how bad traffic is, or what goes wrong for us, it almost certainly won’t be as bad as Rick Olson’s trip from Wisconsin to Texas. Also: Bernard Sadow, the man who put wheels on luggage.