Gordon Bolar knew he couldn't talk his son Matthew out of joining the military, because "he was a young man who knew what he wanted to do." So, Matthew "served his country, and that was his highest calling," and his father pays tribute to that every day.
As part of StoryCorp's National Day of Listening, Tell Me More invited NPR President and CEO Gary Knell to talk about his father, the late David Knell, who was an Army officer in Texas during World War II.
The shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple this summer put the small religious community under the spotlight. One Sikh cartoonist says a Sikh superhero could help raise awareness. But after getting hateful responses, he's thinking even bigger. Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his plans.
Going home for the holidays can be complicated. That's especially true for many in the first generation of openly gay and lesbian seniors, who may have severed family ties years ago. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with two senior gay activists about a new Philadelphia apartment complex aimed at providing a home and a community for LGBT seniors.
The pileup is being blamed on early morning fog in Thanksgiving Day. Local police said the vehicles involved in the pileup include seven tractor trailers that collided on eastbound I-10, which was expected to remain closed for most of Thursday.
Since 2008, the oral history project StoryCorps has encouraged Americans to record an interview with a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving. It's become known as the National Day of Listening. This year, in conjunction with the launch of their Military Voices Initiative, the National Day of Listening is featuring conversations with veterans or those serving in the military. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay tells listeners about the military stories collected through the project and how lives change when someone listens.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. — blamed for the groundwater pollution case made famous in the movie -- is offering to buy homes in Hinkley, Calif., again, this time in areas previously believed to be unaffected by the contamination. Many families, some who have lived in the town for generations, are packing up.
Whether by choice or by circumstance, a lot of Americans are spending Thanksgiving alone. Some are too busy with work or school, or can't afford to travel. Others have family tensions or prefer to skip the dinner-table questions and bad jokes. A few are even crossing to Canada, where it's just another Thursday.
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