Ibarionex Perello heard the program we aired last week, Shootout in New Buffalo. That story involved a police intern and the mentor who changed his life. Ibarionex wrote to tell us about someone who changed his life. For him it was a man named Mike Cohen. Mike was a counselor at the Boys Club of Hollywood during the late seventies.
Dave Albin recently had a peculiar winged visitor in the backyard of his home in northwest Indiana. The bird, a purple gallinule, with its bright yellow feet, purple feathers and red beak, is native to tropical marshy areas of North and South America. But for some reason, the bird stuck around the koi ponds of Dave’s home.
In recent years, the writing of one woman has helped bring scientists and opinion leaders a bit closer to understanding changes in the oceans. But Deborah Cramer doesn't come to this issue from a science background. In fact, she disliked science as a kid. But when she grew up, she moved to a home on the edge of a salt marsh, and soon she was captivated by what was happening in her own backyard. Also in the show: Starting a Christmas tradition
No one can ever really know how a master artist works. But Buddy Edgerton has some idea. He lived next door to Norman Rockwell as a boy. Norman Rockwell, of course, was the prolific illustrator most often associated with the Saturday Evening Post. Like many in the community, Buddy was the subject for a number of Rockwell's paintings. Also on the show: A woman becomes a member of the clergy at the Port of Baltimore.
Nick Flynn hopes that what happened at Abu Ghraib is not forgotten. Nick is a writer. He was among those invited to hear firsthand testimony from many of the men depicted in those now infamous photographs. Also in this show: The Living Brush
For 31 years, photographer Marc Asnin turned his camera on his Uncle Charlie. He shot thousands and thousands of frames on film, capturing his uncle both in bleak times and when he did the right thing for his family.
The U.S. began its official pull out from Iraq last month. Combat troops left at the end of the summer, a move hailed by President Obama as end of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Over the years, we’ve followed what that war was like for an ordinary Iraqi family through the stories and audio diaries from Ahmed Fadaam. Today, we find out what Ahmed is seeing in his neighborhood in southeast Baghdad. Also: big world, short wave.