Ahmed has gotten used to hearing about friends and colleagues who have been killed. But he is still shaken by the news. When a young friend, Khalid, was killed recently, Ahmed learned some new lessons about Iraq.
One of the most closely-watched votes this week is California’s Proposition 19. It’s a measure that would legalize the cultivation and possession of marijuana. Kimberly Simms never thought she’d care much about the issue. She is a lawyer, and she’s found her niche in the groundbreaking field of marijuana law. Also, stories from our listener series "Personal Politics." And, meeting Jackie Robinson.
Larry and Ellen Johnson have lived in the Gulf Coast area their entire life and run a local seafood business called High Tide Foods. They catch and sell shrimp, oysters and crabs just as their parents did and their kids and grandkids are doing now. But as oil courses into the Gulf for the third straight month, the future of their business and their way of life is unclear.
People who turn to their health insurance company for coverage of mental illness are often surprised to learn that benefits can be hard to get. Susan Schoenmarklin has been through this with her son, Davis. Davis struggled with his behavior for years. It began with defiance and biting. Soon, an 8-year-old Davis was carted away by police, in handcuffs. Also in the show: A brother and sister team start a jewelry company.
One of the main worries in Haiti now is health and sanitation. One agency that works directly on those issues is Oxfam. Yolette Etienne is Haiti's country director for Oxfam. She has been working long hours just to make the places around the tents clean. At the same time Yolette is dealing with her own tragedies. Her mother was killed, her house was destroyed, and now she's responsible for two orphans. Yolette joins Dick Gordon to talk about the realities of living and working in Haiti after the quake.
Donn Young made a life as a successful photographer in New Orleans. He nearly lost all of his work when Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago. More than 1.5 million images were under 10 feet of water.
Today we begin a special series looking at the financial crisis through the eyes of people who've been there. Joe Rusnak helped found a bank in a small town in Ohio. As he tells host Dick Gordon, it was his baby -- until a financial storm hit: the network of banks to which Joe's bank belonged got caught up in a fraud scandal.Also in this episode: The story of former bank executive Jim Shaw is the mirror image of Joe Rusnak's. Jim remembers when he was called into a secret meeting and told to pack his bags, hit the road, and take over a bank that had just gone belly up.