David Lin is a Chinese American businessman in Corvallis, OR. In 2012, he commissioned a mural on the side of his business that highlighted Chinese abuses in Tibet. That act prompted threats on his life by Chinese agents, coercion by Chinese authorities and diplomatic discussions between the US and China that reached Oregon's Congressonal delegation. Don Merrill talked with David Lin about the mural and his American sensibilities on how to prepare and protect the US against what he sees as the triple threats of global warming, family breakdown and an increasingly aggressive China.
Paul Bracken is an academic at Yale University with a warning; nukes are back. In his book, "The Second Nuclear Age," Bracken says profileration, political instability overseas, an outdated American arms control policy and improved technology is making the possibility of a regional nuclear war more likely than full scale war was during the Cold War. Don Merrill talks with Paul about the circumstances and scenarios of this new reality.
New York Times writer Jon Schwartz and his wife Jean suspected that their son Joe might be a little different from other toddlers. By the time his wife was hiding his sister's Barbies so Joe wouldn't take them to school, they knew their son was probably gay. Thus began the story of a loving acceptance of a loving son as only a father can tell it. Don Merrill talked with Jon Schwartz about Joe and his coming home by coming out.
"Mortified" is a stage show and a TV show on the Sundance Channel which encourages people to share their most embarrassing poems, stories, songs, tapes and more with an audience. Creator Dave Nadelberg says he's especially interested in people demeaning themselves to give the audience both pleasure and pause. For Mortified, almost nothing is off limits. Don Merrill talked with Dave Nadelberg about the surface laughs and the deep questions around Mortified.