Daniel Hajek

Daniel Hajek appears in the following:

A 13-Year-Old, A Burlap Dress And A Career Launch That Took 'Grit'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ethan and Joel Coen spent months searching for the right actress to play Mattie Ross in their 2010 film True Grit. Then, just weeks before filming, Hailee Steinfeld showed up — dressed in character.


After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A young Air Force captain thought his career was over. Instead, he was invited to join a stealth program — and told, "You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened."


20 Years Later, Sabotage Of Amtrak's Sunset Limited Still A Mystery

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In October 1995, a passenger train was bound for Los Angeles. But it never reached its destination. The train derailed in the Arizona desert, killing one and injuring dozens — and it was no accident.


LA's Ragtag Army Of Graffiti Busters Fight A Perpetual Battle

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Larry Bender has been a Los Angeles graffiti buster for 20 years, hunting down and painting over gang tags around the city. He's one of hundreds of unseen, early-morning beautification workers.


After Tentative Port Deal, Container Ships Still Line The Horizon

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shipping companies and dock workers reached a tentative deal after labor disputes jammed cargo along the West Coast. But at the nation's largest port, you can still see the backlog of container ships.


Facing 1,000 Miles Of Frigid Winds With Loyal Dogs And Willpower

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The 1,000-mile-long Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race is underway Saturday. It's not so much a race as it is a test of survival — and veteran musher Lance Mackey knows all about fighting for the finish.


Eyes Of The Courtroom: Sketching The Nation's Biggest Trials

Saturday, January 10, 2015

You may not have heard of illustrator Mona Shafer Edwards, but you've probably seen her work: she's been drawing high-profile courtroom cases for years. She says behind every sketch, there's a story.


Black-Market Diesel: Thieves Sell Fuel By The Truckload

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Some criminals hide payment-card skimmers in gas pumps to steal credit card numbers. But that isn't the end of the story: Those stolen numbers are just the start of a highly profitable operation.


In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he's been playing music for just as long. "Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says.


The Case Of The Stolen Stradivarius

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Milwaukee Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was carrying his rare Stradivarius violin out to the parking lot after a show when he was suddenly attacked. The violin, worth millions, was stolen.

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A New Golden Age For 'Silver Bullets'? Airstreams Make A Comeback

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The iconic aluminum trailers bring back nostalgic memories. But the company is still manufacturing new trailers — and enjoying a recent surge in sales, fueled by demand for the sleek, retro style.


No Reason To Quit: Driver John Force Still Racing Full Throttle

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Force has been drag racing professionally since 1974. The 65-year-old has gone from blowing up his 10,000-horsepower engines to winning championships, and he has all the scars to prove it.


Lucrative Illegal Animal Trade Thrives In Southern California

Saturday, April 05, 2014

From sea cucumbers to deadly scorpions, exotic-animal trafficking is a multibillion-dollar business. Here in the United States, Southern California is a hub for distribution.


Inside 'Regular Show,' Where Every Clip Is A Big Production

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Emmy-winning cartoon is one bizarre and hilarious plot after another. For the show's creators, making each 11-minute episode is its own adventure.


Electric Bus Fleet Brings Chinese Manufacturing To America

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Shenzhen-based company BYD started producing cellphone batteries and then moved to electric cars. Now, it's rolling out a fleet of electric buses in the U.S., a first for a Chinese auto manufacturer.


NBA's Biggest Rivals Go Head-To-Head For Season Opener

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose makes a much-anticipated return to the court Tuesday after sitting out a full season with a knee injury. The opening game on Tuesday pits the Bulls against Lebron James' Miami Heat, a bitter rival.


Waging A 'No Parking' War Along Malibu's Beaches

Monday, August 12, 2013

A trip to Malibu is the perfect getaway during your summer vacation. But good luck finding a place to park. Some Malibu residents place fake "No Parking" signs along the coast to keep tourists off of public beaches. And it's not just a problem in Malibu. A bill in the California Legislature would allow the state's Coastal Commission to start cracking down on the 600 backlogged public access violations along the coast.


On Vine, Brands Look To Deliver Their Message In Six Seconds

Friday, August 09, 2013

With the smartphone app known as Vine users are creating short video stories, making Internet celebrities out of everyday users. The app's most popular members have millions of followers. With such a large audience, companies like Virgin Mobile and MTV are paying users to produce videos for them.


Landlocked Midwest Farmers Raise Saltwater Shrimp

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shrimp is the number one seafood product in the United States. While most shrimp is imported from Asia or Ecuador, some is being raised indoors in the Midwest. The challenge is to simulate an ocean environment in a barn or other structure.


Chance To Spot Rare Supernova Fading Fast

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One of the brightest supernovas in the last century is now visible. Discovered shortly after its light reached Earth in August, the supernova will last for more than a decade, but it won't stay in view for amateur astronomers for much longer.