Mary Pflum Peterson is an Emmy Award winning producer for Good Morning America. She is a driven, highly successful television professional and former reporter for CNN. Her childhood, however, was complicated. Her mother suffered an emotional breakdown and took solace in hoarding, filling the house with "treasures." The bond that held mother and daughter was symbolized by the white dresses that marked important milestones in their lives. She tells her powerful and important story in White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters.
Joseph Baker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at East Tennessee State University. His latest book, American Secularism: Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems, co-authored with Buster G. Smith, explores the rise of secularity in the United States. Why are more and more people identifying as "non-religious" and what are the forces shaping this change? Religion and secularism from a sociological point of view. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Paul Sowards is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army in Wilsonville, Oregon. He says the organization has saved his
life as well as let him reach out to people in his own unique way. But for a secular community like Portland, the
Salvation Army is viewed skeptically for its views on physician assisted suicide, marriage and abortion. Don Merrill
talks with ordinary people about their strong reactions to bell ringers and the Salvation Army in an effort to understand
and explain them. He also talks with Portland Salvation Army Regional Coordinator, Major Nancy Diehle.
15:01 minutes (13.74 MB)