The 1800s composition “Vexations,” by Erik Satie, comes with a cryptic instruction to perform the piece 840 times in a row. Many thought that it couldn’t be done, but in the late 1960s, John Cage and some friends decided to give it a shot.
Mariana Sadovska is a song-catcher. As a teenager in Ukraine, she recorded the songs and stories of her grandmother. Mariana would then go from village to village to record the songs of other women as a way of discovering her heritage and keeping it alive.
The life of a cartoonist was not easy and certainly wasn't lucrative. Keith Knight caught a big break when he launched his first syndicated comic strip, which started running in many high profile papers. Then the bottom fell out of the newspaper industry. Also in the show: A woman tries to save her ancestral language.
In the past 4 years, the drug war in Mexico has claimed over 34,000 lives. Today people begin marching all over Mexico, calling for an end to the violence and President Calderon’s war on the drug traffickers. The unlikely leader of this nascent movement is writer and poet Javier Sicilia. His 24-year-old son was murdered last month. Javier says that poetry for him has died, but he has found another voice - speaking out against corrupt politicians, and the murder of so many innocent Mexicans.
David Lowery is more comfortable on a stage than in a combat zone. But the lead singer of the rock band Cracker left comfort behind recently to play for the troops serving in Iraq. The singer is personally against the war. But one of his songs, Yalla Yalla, became a hit with soldiers.
When teenager Blake Peebles first asked to leave regular high school to pursue a professional gaming career, his parents dismissed the idea. Then Blake established himself as one of the nation’s top Guitar Hero players in local and online tournaments, and his parents Mike and Hunter reconsidered. Also in this episode, Linda Kelso opened an online profile on Yahoo! hoping to meet the man of her dreams. Though she'd heard about internet scams, she never thought she would be a target. Linda soon was chatting with a man who identified himself as "Barry Mullen." Linda talks about what finally tipped her off that her Romeo was a con man - and how her willingness to be vulnerable has actually enhanced her experience dating online.