How a 390-year-old family business avoids layoffs

When was the last time you heard this in an American factory? “I’ve been here 26 years in June,” Mark Lovell says, leaning toward me as...

‘Payback painter’ thanks town for kindness with mural

Bussey, Iowa, may make you homesick for a place you’ve probably never been. Just 422 people live there — but this small town has made a...

Golden Gate Bridge links lovers for a lifetime

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was so loved when it opened in 1937 that a lot of people scribbled their names and addresses on its...

Despite paralysis, Iraq vet is thankful to be a dad

Babies can find ways to make us feel better. Matt Keil may be paralyzed from the waist down, but his daughter knows the path to her dad’s...

70 years later, ghosts of World War II remain indelible

Producer's notebook: There’s a ghost in my house. No, I'm not delusional. In fact, I saw it being created. You did too, if you caught Bob...

Remembering those who lost the war

On the Fourth of July we always celebrate the winners, the people who won our independence and set up our country, but what happened to...

From bad hair day to pay day

Today’s American Story with Bob Dotson comes from Williamstown, N.J., where a teenager thinks she’s found the key to success. It’s not a...

‘Young’ senior citizens rock out

Today's American Story with Bob Dotson comes from Northampton, Mass., home to a group of the most unlikely movie stars. “Eyeeeeee...

A master of music and medicine

Today's American Story with Bob Dotson comes from Los Angeles, where I found a young man who climbed the ladder of success and found it...

Spring break for the homeless

Today's American Story with Bob Dotson comes from Wilmington, Delaware, where I happened upon a man who is taking some of his homeless...

Remembering a soulful singer

Sometimes it feels as if I started in this business back when the earth was cooling. When I was a young storyteller, we shot film....

Art for hospitality

Few of us willingly go out beyond the limits of our settled lives. Certainly, most would be reluctant to do what Jim Mott does. The...

An inspiring autistic artist

One of my favorite stories last year was about a son who had not said a sentence to his mother in two decades. He could not express a...