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.
When the earthquake shook northeast Japan last March, Carl Pillitteri was leading a team of technicians in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. He was one of some 40 Americans working at the plant that day, and he spoke exclusively in this interview with Alex Chadwick.
Dick checks in with Mandy Henk, one of the itinerant librarians for the Occupy movement. After the books in New York City were thrown away, they have a new strategy: librarians giving books out from small rolling carts.
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.