Week of May 22, 2016
Segment 1: The Enigmatic Aaron Burr
Author and attorney David Stewart, American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America, resurrects the reputation of the nation's third Vice President who shook the country at it's very foundation. After leaving the Vice Presidency, and still under indictment for murder in the dueling death of Alexander Hamilton in 1804, Aaron Burr dreamt huge dreams. He imagined an insurrection in New Orleans, a private invasion of Spanish Mexico and Florida, and a great empire rising on the Gulf of Mexico. For two years, Burr pursued this audacious dream, until he was arrested and Jefferson ordered him prosecuted for treason.
Segment 2: Radical Conversion
Brian "Head" Welch, Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story was a hard-partying, drug addicted rock star. As Korn's lead guitarist, he had every material comfort he could imagine. But in 2005, he walked away from all of it to become a Christian. He's never looked back.
"I just think that God places things inside of us that only He can fill. I believe that. I just thought that I was going to have this satisfaction when I got that dream. And when I got it, I didn’t have that satisfaction. And it didn’t make sense to me."
Week of May 15, 2016
Segment 1: South Africa's Bala Brothers
From the dusty streets of Kwa-Nabuhle township to a stadium-rocking performance at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Memorial Concert in Cape Town, the Bala Brothers have taken South Africa by storm. Older brother Zwai Bala made history as the first black member of the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir, during apartheid. His younger brothers Loyiso and Phelo followed in his footsteps. Only coming together recently to perform as a trio, they've released their first album together.
"That's why for us, singing is not just about entertaining people, but it's about spreading a message, a positive one. And we got that from when we were very young."
Segment 2: Walking the Camino de Santiago
"Most people come back changed, and come back more conscious and more kind."