Stage One: The Progressive Era
01/17/01: Triangle Shirt Factory #9 going up in flames!
Stephanie revisits the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 and explores the current-day ramifications of that tragedy, including tougher fire regulations and improved working conditions. She also examines the status of sweatshops in the United States
01/27/01: Speak your mind and go to prison?
Stephanie explores the limitations of the First Amendment through the persecution of anti-WWI protesters like Charles Schenck and Eugene V. Debs and examines the life and times of revolutionary journalist John Reed. She also cites modern-day examples of freedom's restrictions through the case of journalists C. Clark Kissinger and Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Espionage Act of 1917.
03/03/01: Avoiding Nuclear War: The Cuban Missile Crisis
Stephanie traces the events leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, including the Bay of Pigs invasion, and reports on the showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union.
03/17/01: The night Watts was set ablaze
Stephanie examines the causes and events of the Watts Riots of 1965 and the Rodney King Riot of 1992. She shows how South Central Los Angeles has healed itself through community organizations such as the Watts Labor Community Action Committee.
04/14/01: Peeking Behind The Iron Curtains
Stephanie outlines the events leading to the termination of the Cold War and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, including: Prague Spring, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lithuanian dissidence, the fall of the Soviet Union and communist Russia.
04/21/01: Harvesting Coffee with a Gun on Your Shoulder
Stephanie traces the history of U.S. foreign policy in Nicaragua, highlighting the rise of the Sandinistas and the events leading to the Iran-Contra affair. She also examines the history of El Salvador.
04/28/01: Stephanie - Military boot camps for teens gone bad.
Stephanie shares a taste of life inside an alternative juvenile correctional facility at the Tillamook Youth Accountability Camp of Tillamook, Oregon. Keywords: boot camp, juvenile detention, juvenile offenders, juvenile delinquent, TYAC, criminal behavior treatment program, discipline.
05/05/01: Stephanie - Make the Trek part of who you are.
Trekker Stephanie bids her final farewell!