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September 02, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell On Campus

DON'T ASK DON'T TELL ON CAMPUS

Sara Isaacson has dreamed of a military career since she was 13 years old. When she enrolled at the University of North Carolina on an ROTC scholarship, she identified as straight. During her senior year, three months away from graduation and a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army, she came out as a lesbian to her commanding officer. She was de-enrolled from the ROTC program and was asked to pay back nearly $80,000 of her scholarship. Sara talks with Dick Gordon about how she made her decision and whether, if given the chance, she would still serve.

NEXT CHAPTER: THE DUNG SISTERS

The Dung Sisters are a group of women who supported each other in the midst of unemployment. We first met two of the group's members: Linda Lehmann and Anna Bliss last year. Both were unemployed for a long period of time. Now, things are looking up for the women, and they still lean on each other for support.

REMEMBERING JILL HOLLIS

For the past 4 years, we've returned quite regularly to the story of Jill Hollis.  Jill was diagnosed with ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease - in 2004. Like everyone with ALS, Jill's life ended far too soon. She died surrounded by her family on Tuesday night. On today's show, we remember what Jill taught us about facing death with courage, and living deeply every moment we're alive.

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