Kelly Lambert has heard our series of "Your Stories." Kelly wrote to tell us "the story of how I became a Hero in Chicago…" Kelly's story involves a serial rapist and the moment she decided she would not be a victim.
Konrad Jarausch's father served in a reserve battalion of Hitler’s Army. As a young man, Konrad struggled with his father’s role in the war. Recently, as an historian, Konrad began to re-read the war-time letters that his mother had saved.
In 1981, Ray, an Army veteran and aspiring musician was charged with kidnapping, rape and felonious assault. He was accused of attacking a 12 year old boy and 11 year old girl. Ray could have received a lighter sentence if he pled guilty but he refused and was sentenced to life in prison plus 12-40 years. He was released on DNA evidence in 2010 after spending 28 years in prison.
Jennifer Thompson was a college student when she was raped. During the attack Jennifer tried to memorize what the man looked like so she could identify him later. Jennifer wrongly identified Ronald Cotton, and he served 11 years before he was exonerated.
Carlos Spector is an immigration attorney in El Paso, just over the border from Juarez. He represents Mexicans seeking asylum in the U.S. Many of them are police officers, journalists, lawyers, and business owners - all refugees from the drug war. Last year Carlos became a target himself, receiving a threat from armed gunmen. Also in this show: Hope In Reality TV
Bernie Madoff is in jail and the headlines are crowded with stories of corporate manipulation. Humberto Aguilar has a story about trying to beat the system - and failing. Back in the 80s, Humberto was a high-profile lawyer in Miami. Many of Humberto's clients were drug dealers, and soon enough they were asking him to launder money for them.
After Lara Logan was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square, more women reporters have been talking about sexual assault on the job. Pippin Ross was once a regular voice on NPR shows. While reporting on a story in 2000, she was brutally raped and began a downward slide that ended in prison. There, she began to identify the close connections between addiction, sexual violence and the kinds of crimes that land women in prison.
Alison Donahue and Mike Wilhelm perform as the duo Cello Bella. They've discovered that Depression-era songs have a particular appeal for audiences today. The music is cheerful and hopeful and fun. And Alison and Mike aren't just reviving those old songs. They have used the music to turn themselves around as well.