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September 16, 2010

Before We Give You A Mortgage

Before We Give You A Mortgage...

It can be tough to find a place to live these days. The housing crisis has meant that banks and mortgage underwriters are being careful lenders.  Young people, already working hard to find a steady job, are working even harder to find a place to call home. Earlier this week Dick Gordon talked with Kyle Nickel and Mia Marcum. They’re living in Kyle’s parent’s backyard in a small house with no bathroom.

Today, Whitney Keeler’s story. Whitney and her husband thought they’d found their dream home, a fixer-upper in Michigan. But before giving them a mortgage, the bank required the couple to spend six thousand dollars in repairs - on a house they did not own.

Update: Cage For A Cause

Last week, Dick talked with Laura Marcusse as she was preparing to fight her very first major mixed martial arts event. This past weekend, 2500 fans showed up in Kansas City to watch Laura take on another fighter. We check in with Laura to see how the fight went.

Open Mic: Dual Lives

After Laura’s interview, we asked listeners if they live a double life of some sort. Turns out, many do.

Hostage Rescue: An Insider's Look

Most of us never get involved in international hostage dramas. Earlier this month, former president Jimmy Carter flew to Pyongyang to rescue an American. Earlier this week, someone put up a half million dollars in bail to get an American woman out of an Iranian prison. It’s a pretty sure thing though, that no one’s been in a stranger hostage rescue mission than Mike Morgan. Twenty years ago, back in the run-up to the first Gulf War, Iraq took many international hostages. Mike Morgan was recruited to be a part of the rescue team. His cover was that he was going to Baghdad as a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

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