February 2, 2012 RuPaul is known for his dazzling dresses, sky-high wigs and even higher stiletto heels. His latest accomplishment is hosting RuPaul's Drag Race, a modeling competition for drag queens, now in its fourth season. Host Michel Martin speaks with the 51-year-old entertainer, singer and model.
December 14, 2011 Dawes is the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in gymnastics. Now at age 35, she's dedicated to helping others maintain healthy lifestyles. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her career, and how families can handle the challenges that face their student-athletes.
November 2, 2011 Michael Kahn began directing plays as a child, and since then has become one of the most respected directors in classical theater. He formerly taught at New York's famed Julliard School. Now he's celebrating his 25 years leading the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He speaks with Michel Martin about casting more actors of color, boosting culture in Washington and causing trouble as a college student.
October 27, 2011 Bermuda-born Mel Ming was recently named the new CEO of Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind the legendary TV show aimed at preschool-aged kids. Ming speaks with Michel Martin about his winding and surprising journey to Sesame Street, which includes experiences in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and at NPR. He also shares his big ambitions for Sesame Street.
June 8, 2011 Connie Chung, whose award-winning career began in 1969, was the first Asian and the second woman to become a nightly news anchor at a major network. In a "Wisdom Watch" conversation with host Michel Martin, Chung reflects on the discrimination she faced in her field, mistakes she has made, controversial interviews and her desire to make something of the "Chung" family name.