Week of November 22, 2015
Segment 1: "Saints and Strangers" - The First Thanksgiving
This 4-hour mini series will shatter everything you thought you knew about the first Thanksgiving and the start of our country. Mimi talks to the producer of "Saints and Strangers" Gina Matthews, as well as two cast members: Kalani Queypo plays Native American "Squanto" and Michael Jibson plays Pilgrim "Myles Standish."
"The birth of our nation was built with a Bible and a gun. ... It was both faith and it was brawn that came together to build this nation."
Segment 2: Singer/Songwriter Stephen Kellogg - "Blunderstone Rookery"
Singer and songwriter Stephen Kellogg didn't set out to become a recording artist. His bio says: "The thing is…I fell into this job. I like people. I like sharing a world-view. I don’t mind singing and playing guitar, but I never expected that I’d do it for a living." After his band, The Sixers took a hiatus, he released a solo album called Blunderstone Rookery. He performs the song "Thanksgiving" in the studio.
"It's just what's really important to me. If there was no tomorrow what would I have wanted to have said. And that's what I try to make my music about."
Week of November 15, 2015
Segment 1: Not Your Father's Recession
"A meaningful minority of men have really struggled. Men haven't gotten college degrees at a higher rate since 1980, women have. Men haven't moved into growing service sectors. ... Instead they've stopped working. They've moved out of the work force."
Segment 2: The President's Secret Surgery
On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the calm blue waters of Long Island Sound, and would not be heard from again for five days. What happened during those five days, and in the days and weeks that followed, was so incredible that, even when the truth was finally revealed, many Americans simply would not believe it. The full story is finally told here by Matthew Algeo, The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth.