November 2012

Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn and Duke Pianist and arranger Billy Strayhorn wrote Lush Life, Take the A train and more for Duke Ellington.  He spent his career arranging and composing for the Ellington orchestra.  Tonight learn more about this behind the scenes classically trained jazz composer, who Duke considered his right hand man.  Celebrate Strayhorn tonight on the 9 O'clock Special.

Undersea explorer Kenny Broad

Environmental Anthropologist Kenny Broad has focused his career on challenging expeditions to unexplored, underwater caves. He's attempted to make connections to scientific challenges and their impact above ground, including climate change. Broad explains his passion for being underwater and the difference between being a prepared explorer and an adrenaline junkie.

Veterans: Help reporters cover the modern veteran's experience

America is learning how to serve a new generation of veterans. More than 1.5 million people served in Afghanistan and Iraq and they are returning home to economic uncertainty, government bureaucracy, and a culture that doesn't always understand the experience of war.

We want your help telling the story of the modern veteran experience. We'd like to know about your post-war thoughts and experiences.