Travel to Colorado where potato farmers race to bring in the harvest. Discover new varieties of spuds making their way to you dinner table. Savor the sweet flavor of famous sweet potatoes from Arkansas.
Irish author Colm Toibin is a prolific prize-winning author. His novel "The Master" won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (with a 100,000- pound purse), plus many American awards. He's a professor at Columbia University.
Louise Penny is the Canadian author of a series of books featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Wildly popular, Penny's books are regulars on the New York Times Best Sellers list. She has won a number of awards for her writing, including the Agatha Award for mystery writing - four years in a row.
Community is at the heart of American life. Social services provider and activist Linda Sarsour serves new immigrants and youth in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Imam Taha Tawil maintains spiritual vitality at the oldest mosque in America in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Dean Obeidallah performs across the country with a group of comedians who shatter popular myths and stereotypes.
Art and Life are inextricably intertwined in these three stories - Author Alicia Erian mines her life's experience for her books, stories and screenplays, Artist Hugette Caland has found America to be the place she can most freely express herself in her art, and Hassan Faraj's life was actually turned into art - the story of this neighborhood butcher became the subject of a community theater piece
Bryan A. Stevenson founded and directs the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit in Montgomery, Alabama. His stinging critique of the U.S. justice system in his novel, "Just Mercy," is drawing praise and acclaim from many quarters.
Midland is the fastest growing town in the United States. This square mile on the northwestern edge of town is where the suburbs meet the plains. As Midland's economy booms, the lives of the people that live here are shaped by the economy and the influx of job-seekers.
The square mile of Port Isabel is an island community located between the culture of South Texas and the vacation destination of South Padre Island. As the once vibrant shrimping industry fades, the community that has emerged is forging a new identity.