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July 03, 2008

Grizzly Bear Attack


Recent reports out of Alaska and elsewhere have put bear attacks back in the news.

Joe Williams survived a near-fatal attack by a bear in 1959. It was his first day on the job at Montana's Glacier National Park. He was taking a walk in the mountains with a friend when he was attacked by a grizzly sow. His friend fled but later returned with a park ranger who saved Joe's life.

Joe tells Dick Gordon what it was like to go through the attack and what the event has come to mean to him in the years since.


When we hear horrifying stories about children being kidnapped and turned into child soldiers in places like Sri Lanka, it seems like there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. But now there's a group of people who are trying a different approach and finding success. They're called the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Atif Hameed is a Pakistani Muslim, and he is one of the first "soldiers" in this new army. He tells Dick what happened when he found himself between grieving parents and the armed group that had kidnapped their children.


Teddy Bears' Picnic by David Grisman & jerry Garcia for the album Not for Kids Only

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