Irish poet Seamus Heaney died last week, at the age of 74. Dick Gordon spoke with Heaney back in 2004, and we listen to an excerpt from that conversation. At the time, Heaney had just completed his own version of Antigone.
At 91 years old, Henry Stone is still at work as a record producer. He remembers producing one of Ray Charles' earliest recordings, and hand-selling early R&B albums to train porters and in barbershops.
Sixty-nine years ago this week, children's book author and artist Ashley Bryan was in a segregated Army unit, waiting off-shore for D-Day to begin. He and other African-American soldiers in his unit were responsible for bringing supplies onto the beaches. He kept a sketchbook in his gas mask and drew when he could. "It kept me connected to my humanity," he says.
Susie Ray, a painter in London, recently opened a gallery where she displays what she calls her "original copies" – copies she’s made of Monet, Degas and others that are so close to the original, they’ve fooled art dealers and Sotheby's.
Some of our favorite stories over the years have come from listeners. This is one of them. Jim Sadwith had written the script for his high school play based on J.D. Salinger’s classic “The Catcher and the Rye” when he decided to look for the reclusive author and get permission for the play.
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.
Students at San Jose State University started a campaign to raise the city's minimum wage, and successfully persuaded the city to impose a 25% minimum wage increase, from $8 to $10. Student Elisha St. Laurent tells Dick Gordon she's spent years struggling to support herself on a minimum wage salary.
The 21,000 retirees that worked for the city of Detroit could face pension and health care cuts. That’s because in July, Detroit became the largest American city tofile for bankruptcy.Detroit-based independent producer Zak Rosen recently spent some time with both current and retired Detroit Police officers, and brings us their perspective from a weekly Detroit Detectives golf league.
Author Charlie Newton has been writing about cops for years. He writes fiction (police thrillers) and his books have done well. So one day he got an idea; Why not teach cops to write stories themselves, about their own lives? He started teaching a fiction course at the Chicago Police Department.