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November 24, 2010

A Thanksgiving Escape

Produced by
Rachel Raney

A THANKSGIVING Escape

This year is the 40th anniversary of a Thanksgiving reunion unlike any other. Erich and Karl Bley were born and raised in East Germany, but separated when the iron curtain was lowered. Erich, the older brother, escaped with his fiancé. Karl was just a boy and was left behind with his mother. But Karl never gave up the idea of fleeing Communist East Germany. As a young man, he began sending coded letters to his brother Erich in the U.S., laying out a mission you might see in a James Bond movie. It was a bold, daring escape, and the brothers' lives were forever changed that Thanksgiving. 

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A listener in Baltimore called in to our Open Mic line with the story of an elderly friend, and an unusual photo.

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Not all family traditions involve togetherness. Patrick and Kim Sauer have spent the last twenty years making sure they are NOT together at the holidays.

Listener Reponse: Mortgage Mayhem

We spent two days recently talking about home ownership, mortgages and foreclosure. Michelle Graham is living in Las Vegas - the city with the highest rate of foreclosures in the country and Kristin LaVanway is a real estate agent in Florida - another state hard hit by the foreclosure crisis. We got a lot of mail and voicemail after those stories ran. Many of you called in with your own stories.

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