"Everybody Has a Story"
Clip: Season 44 Episode 1 | 1m 15s
Omari is the teenage son of Nya, a dedicated public school teacher. But Nya and Omari's father have elected to send him to private school to give him an advantage in life. Instead, after an incident caught on camera, the school threatens him with expulsion and charges. Actor Namir Smallwood talks about his personal connection to the role and the potential for others to see themselves in the story.
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Heather Velazquez plays a fiery young Latina student.
Jaime Lincoln Smith plays a school security guard trying to do right by keeping order.
Tasha Lawrence plays Laurie, a high school teacher captured striking a student in class.
The cast and director of Pipeline share what they hope audiences take away from the story.
Major support for this episode is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Major funding for Live From Lincoln Center is provided by the family of Robert Wood Johnson III, the Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation, Mercedes T. Bass and the National Endowment for the Arts.