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December 31, 2007

A Life Unplugged [12.31.2007]

This New Year's Eve, people around the world are celebrating the end of 2007 and the beginning of a new year. Tonight in the U.S., many people will watch the festivities from home, on television. 

Steve DeJoseph will not be one of them. 20 years ago Steve unplugged his TV, took it to the driveway and sold it. He's been TV-free ever since.

Steve talks to Dick Gordon about how that decision changed his life. Some changes were expected, for example he reads far more than he used to. But some changes were unexpected. He says neighbors he was formerly friendly with turned a cold shoulder. 

But when Steve's daughters reached high school, they demanded a vote to restore the TV. The vote was 4-1. Bet you can't guess the outcome.



When Greg Barbera lost his job as managing editor of a newspaper, it took him a while in to find another job. In fact, Greg never found another job. He began staying home with his kids, and by default he became a stay-at-home dad.

Greg has had mixed experiences in his role as the primary caregiver of his two sons, ages 7 and 3. He sometimes feels excluded by women at the neighborhood park. But he also feels tremendous satisfaction in steering the family ship.

Greg talks with Dick Gordon about how he went from feeling like had he lost his identity to reveling in his mastery of this tough job.

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