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.
While living in D.C., Marc Hoecker's 1985 Pontiac Parisienne was stolen from a parking spot. Marc's anger spurred him to action and the beginning of a four-day adventure, involving stakeouts, car chases and ultimately lots of cops.
Joe Williams survived a near-fatal attack by a bear in 1959. It was his first day on the job at Montana's Glacier National Park. He was taking a walk in the mountains with a friend when he was attacked by a grizzly sow. His friend fled but later returned with a park ranger. Also in this show: Nonviolent Peace Force