Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.
Eric visits goldsmith Susan McDonough, who works in a small studio on her family’s farm in the mountains. Susan describes working in kitchens and bakeries, as a school-bus driver, EMT, firefighter and librarian, on her long journey to becoming a goldsmith.
The “Baby Boom” of the mid-20th century created a generation of people who grew up witnessing the rise of television, space exploration and rock ‘n’ roll. In celebration of the “Boomer Years,” the Roadshow is looking back with nostalgia at the vintage treasures from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including: a 1956 Elvis “Love Me Tender” standee that was found during a home renovation; a 1958 Martin Luther King Jr. letter purchased for $20 at the estate of a Richard Nixon biographer; and Charles Schulz comic strip art, ca. 1960, owned by a former Hallmark employee who worked with Schulz for 12 years, valued at $200,000 to $250,000.
Highlights from the Roadshow floor include a third edition of Gone With the Wind with a false inscription; signed Muhammad Ali training shoes; and a Cartier sapphire and diamond ring that was purchased at a Knoxville estate sale for less than $15, 000 and is now valued at $40,000 to $60,000.
Meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.