Week of November 16, 2014
Segment 1: Salman Khan, Founder of The Khan Academy
A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his cousin, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software. Salman Khan, the founder, presents his vision for the future of education in The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
“What at the time I imagined Khan Academy to be was much more than just videos. I wanted to really use technology to push the envelope of what is possible virtually.”
Segment 2: A Mother and Daughter Take on the World - and Each Other
Their bestselling memoir, Come Back, inspired readers with the story of Mia Fontaine's drug addiction and her mother, Claire's, desperate and ultimately successful attempts to save her. Now, a decade later they each face a defining moment in her life, and a mother-daughter relationship that has frayed around the edges. Determined to transform themselves and their relationship once again, the pair sets off on a five-month around-the-world adventure. Claire and Mia Fontaine’s joint memoir is called, Have Mother, Will Travel: A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World.
“No matter how old your daughter gets, you are still a profound influence on her. You can’t tell her what to do, but you can inspire her, by who you are.”
Week of November 9, 2014
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.