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.
Jonathan David created a lucrative career for himself shooting prime-time TV commercials for companies like Pepsi and Adidas. He grew up poor and his father instilled a mantra in him to work hard for a better future. Jonathan says that's what he did, and then some. But when he got divorce and the recession followed, Jonathan found himself paying out more than he made. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he's reevaluating his relationship with money. Also: a story from our series about when politicsa becomes personal. This one is about meeting Richard J. Daley.
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.
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.
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.