Sandy Tolan

Sandy Tolan is the author of two books: Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later and The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East.

He has reported from more than 30 countries, written for more than 40 newspapers and magazines, and, as co-founder of Homelands Productions, has produced hundreds of documentaries and features for public radio. He's also an associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC and, from 2000-2007, taught international reporting and radio at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California-Berkeley.


The Lemon Tree

Bashir was six during the height of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, when his family was forced to flee his stone home in old Palestine and live as refugees in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

This hour: a lobster diver in Honduras, a chocolate taster in France, a movie director in Nigeria, and other stories that reveal the workaday world in all its globalized complexity, one person at a time.

This hour: two decades after he was forced to flee, a young Palestinian man returns to his home to meet the Israeli woman who lives there now.



How do documentary producers and artists address the most common issues in the news and shed new light on them?

Image as Metaphor

Do metaphors inherently deepen a story? Can using metaphors be more effective than revealing direct facts and information about a subject?