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March 14, 2008

Living History

Living History

Craig James started collecting 19th century photographs of African Americans because he saw so much pride in the faces of men and women who were no longer slaves.

Then came a surprise: Craig learned that a photograph of his own ancestor, his great-great-great grandmother Nursey James, had been preserved. He was even more shocked when he found out the photograph was at the plantation where she'd been a slave.

Craig talks with Dick Gordon about seeing the photo for the first time, and meeting the direct descendants of Nursey's master - and how both experiences have given him a deeper understanding of himself and his own history.

Two New Lives

Dick Gordon talked with Sharon MacNeil back in November. Sharon's husband Eric passed away from cancer 17 months after their wedding. Sharon had frozen his sperm and 10 years later she used it. At the time of the interview, Sharon was  pregnant with twins. Since then, the twins were born, safe and sound - on Valentine's Day. Dick checks in with Sharon to find out how things are going.

Frozen Eggs

Megan Griswold is part of a growing trend among single women who choose to freeze their eggs. Megan made the choice when she was 36. She's now 39 and knows that she has a limited supply of eggs. But she also knows that she wants to give birth sometime down the road. Megan talks with Dick about how her decision has changed her life.

My Dog Herman

A bit of news this week: the dog who won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club last month, a beagle named Uno, is retiring. Uno's story  prompted a fun letter from  Alice Palmer in Chicago. Alice wrote me to say, "In light of a beagle winning Best in Show, I couldn't help but be reminded of a beagle that we once owned us named Herman." Dick calls Alice to have a little chat about Herman ...

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