Homeless and their dogs

A dog can be more than a homeless person’s best friend. It provides warmth, protection, and companionship. Troy Williams of RoadDogs Outreach shares his experiences of assisting the homeless to feed and care for their furry friends.

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Rainbow Family and National Forests

Meet Scott, a member of the Rainbow Family, who feed the hungry and homeless, and gather in our country’s beautiful national forests.

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Teaching incarcerated youths and insights

M.L. Edson, author of “Not Even A Shadow,” shares her experiences as a teacher in a youth correctional facility.

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Dr. Ernie Bodai and the breast cancer postage stamp

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Pushing the envelope … well, pushing the stamp on the envelope … Dr. Ernie Bodai went where no man had gone before in funding breast cancer research:  a fundraising postage stamp. Although it originated in the United States, it is now raising funds in over 70 countries. Today, you’ll meet Dr. Bodai, his long-time friend Joe Whalen, and Breck Philip of the Blue Gaucho Project (who will be performing at Blues for the Stamp), another strong supporter of the global breast cancer postage stamp campaign.

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Black voters and family

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In 2013, the Supreme Court reversed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, indicating that states could no longer be judged by voting discrimination, inferring the country has fundamentally changed since the Act’s passage five decades ago. The recent horrific massacre in Charleston obviously discounts that claim.

Sheri Holbrook Labedis, author of “You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You,” writes of her experiences in 1965, when she responded to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s request for white people to help register black voters in the South. Coincidentally, she was first sent to Charleston for training, and then to the poverty-stricken community of Pineville for canvassing. Witnessing the extreme change of culture from that of her hometown in California, the experiences of the young, naive 18-year-old deeply impacted her life, on many levels.

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Homes and grandmothers

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Losing a home is devastating. How do you move forward? Journalist Sally Ooms traveled the country collecting first person narratives in her book, “Finding Home; How Americans Prevail.

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Burning Man and homesteaders

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Answering your burning questions about Burning Man with a round table discussion of five Burning Man devotees.

Also, we visit the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska.

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Heifers and cowboys

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Heifer International not only assists families around the globe, but entire communities, improving nutrition, agriculture, income, access to health care, livestock management, gender equity, and education regarding environmental care. For 70 years, the organization and its volunteers have demonstrated how combined efforts really can make a difference for generations.

And, we visit the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana.

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Sherpa and railroads

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Sherpa are the elite of humanity. The recent tragic loss of 16 of these incredibly strong, brave men was devastating. If it is possible to bring something positive from the fatal avalanche of April 30, 2014, it is the highlighting of the corruption of the Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. In my interview with Kevin Vann, veteran climber and co-founder of Trek 8848 (which leads expeditions to Everest Base Camp), you learn about the Sherpa who, as with parents around the world, are desperately eking out a living to feed their families and provide a future for their children.

And, we visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Pennsylvania; the first railroad to tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains.

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