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Week of December 21, 2014

Segment 1: Singer/Songwriter and Cellist Leyla McCalla

"Just to see a cellist play in that context really blew my mind and it really changed my life, because it made me realize that there was more that I wanted to do with music than just being part of a classical construct."

-Leyla McCalla

Segment 2: Ashley Monroe - The Rose of Country Music

"I want my music to be heard. I feel like I have a message. I feel like I've been given a gift to hear these songs and to be able to craft them and sing them. And I want to help people through music."

-Ashley Monroe

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Week of December 14, 2014

Segment 1: The Kurdish Miracle

Hundreds of thousands of Kurds were murdered under the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein. Some four thousand Kurdish villages were destroyed. Betrayed again and again by the nations of the world, the Kurds were as decimated as any people in history.  Then came the Kurdish Miracle, that combination of ancient wisdom and modern economic genius that is now making the Kurdish homeland one of the most prosperous places on earth.  Bestselling author, Stephen Mansfield, The Miracle of the Kurds: A Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn in Northern Iraq gives a primer on Kurdish history and what's happening there now.

"When America went to war what they wanted Iraq to be was democratic, pro-Western, oriented towards human rights, non-militarist ... you have all of that in Iraqi Kurdistan."

-Stephen Mansfield

Segment 2: Finding Happiness at Starbucks

"Until after I was 60, I thought I was happy because I was six-figure income and the whole markers of success that other people said, ‘wow, you’re doing great.’ But it’s really - your own heart is your best guide to happiness."

-Michael Gates Gill
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