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July 20, 2007

A New Life For Nour

A New Life For Nour

On August 2, 2005, journalist Steven Vincent was kidnaped and later murdered in Basra, Iraq. Nour al-Khal, his translator, was with him when he died. Since that time, Steven's wife, Lisa, has been working to get Nour refugee status in the United States.

Last month, Lisa got a text message from Nour, then living in Jordan. She was one of a few dozen Iraqis on a flight list to come to the United States.

Guest host Scott Jagow talks with Nour and Lisa about what it was like to meet for the first time at the airport, and how they're settling into life together in New York City.

Nour says one of her main projects will be to help some of the 2 million Iraqi refugees living in Syria, Jordan and other countries find their way to safety and productive lives.

Changed By Tiananmen

It often happens on The Story: one person tells their tale, and others contact us with theirs. 

On Monday June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Dick Gordon interviewed Shen Tong. Shen was a student activist in Beijing at the time and was in the square when the massacre happened. 

The show later got an email from a listener, who wrote, "I was especially interested in the Tiananmen story because my good friend, Janice who is now a lawyer, had a total change in her life's trajectory because of the events on Tiananmen Square."

Guest host Scott Jagow talks to Janice Caramanica on today's show.

Your Story - Bear Attack

Bill Sherwonit is an Alaskan nature writer. When he was young, he often had nightmares about being mauled by bears. One day, his worst nightmare came true. Bill thought he was a goner when he broke one of the cardinal rules of bear encounters…don't run.

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