Israel and the West Bank are visited. Included: Yiddish storyteller Sarat discusses the decline of the Yiddish language and cooks a cholent (stew); poet Ronny Someck discusses the multilingual diversity that once existed in Israel. Also: Palestinian hip-hop poets share their thoughts on living near the separation wall in Ramallah.
In the first episode, New York poet Bob Holman travels to Gambia to learn about griots, West African storytellers who use poetic songs to preserve the history of their people. Also: A journey up the Niger River uncovers the roots of the blues and hip-hop.