Skip Ockomon is a firefighter in Anderson, Indiana. Even in these tough times, Skip and others have managed to raise money for something they've long been dreaming of…a rescue house for families whose homes have been destroyed by fire.
Dick spoke with Senator McGovern in 2007, and heard him read from his famous 1970 speech to the U.S. Congress condemning the Vietnam War. McGovern died Sunday, and we remember his clarity and eloquence.
Ma Jun, a former investigative journalist in Beijing, is pressuring global companies to clean up their act in his country. Using public information, he has made maps of the air and water pollution left by the supply chain of companies such as Apple.
Today, Dick Gordon is in Haiti. He's finding out how and where people are living, two years after the earthquake. He begins at one of the largest refugee camps outside of Port au Prince, Camp Canaan, where he meets the man who is both pastor and local president. And he ends up at a dance practice in Cite Soleil, where young men confront the past and reach for a better future to the beat of hip hop.
When Camden New Jersey laid off one third of its fire fighters - 60 in total - Lydia Chapman was one of the ones who had to turn in her equipment. Lydia was one of the few women there. Dick speaks with Lydia about the cost of social cuts.
Teachers and principals are also feeling the effects of a budget pinch. We first spoke with Joyce Irvine back in September. She was the principal who had to give up her job under new federal guidelines for her school to qualify for federal funding. We checked in to see what's happened since.
Joel Styzens is a musician, a drummer. But when he developed tinnitus in his ears, he thought he'd have to give up his passion. Soon, Joel realized that he could still play music, he just needed to change instruments. His latest album is Relax Your Ears.