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January 31, 2008

Taking A Different Route

TAKING A DIFFERENT ROUTE

Nearly 8 million Americans say they have sampled crack at some point in their lives. Thomas Warren says he knows the devastation that using crack cocaine causes. Thomas started using in the 1980s while he was a bus repair man.

Thomas has been clean since 1989. These days, he counsels his co-workers about all kinds of issues, including drug use.

Thomas tells Dick Gordon about his life's journey—from taking his first drink at age 4 to becoming the person addicts now turn to for help.

Thomas Warren is currently a Peer Assistant for the Municipal Transportation Authority (M.U.N.I.) in San Francisco, California.

REMEMBERING JOEY

Karen Dalton is an artist who lives near Bynum, North Carolina. She wrote to The Story about Joey, a boy with Downs Syndrome she knew from her childhood in Newark, New Jersey.

Karen talks to Dick Gordon about her poignant and fun memories of Joey's friendship and about her feelings when she learned of Joey's death at age 61.

Music

Funky Driver on a Funky Bus by Charles Leondard for the album Bay Area Funk - Funk & Soul Essentials from San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area 1967-1976, Vol. 1 ; The Wheels On the Bus, Rhythm 'n Kids - Volume One

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