Whenever disaster strikes -- like the earthquake in China or the cyclone in Myanmar -- aid workers head to the scene and are lauded for their long hours and unstinting devotion. For more than a decade, Nathaniel Raymond lived that life. But he didn't realize the high personal cost of doing aid work non-stop. Now he's trying to deal with the down side of doing good. Also in the show: Tasting water for a living.
Families in Utah are beginning to resign themselves to the fact that 6 trapped miners may be lost forever in the Crandall Canyon Mine. Pamela Campbell has been through this before. In January of 2006, she stood at the opening of Sago Mine in West Virginia with her sister and nephew. She expected her brother-in-law to walk out of the mine at any moment laughing, but he never did.Also in this episode: Peruvian weaver Wilbur Quispe.
Jim Ansara made millions after he sold his construction company in 2006. Now he spends most of his time involved in charity work, but writing checks is not enough. His latest project is building the first new hospital in Haiti since the quake hit. Once the new hospital is finished, it's slated to be the most advanced training hospital in the country. Also in this episode, Marti al Fakhir is a doctor who's been doing emergency medicine in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Libya. Plus, Richmond Shaw.
Abdi Iftin, a regular diarist on The Story, tells of his mother and sister’s situation in Somalia as they try to survive the famine and fighting. People are moving back to the capital city, Mogadishu, despite the conflict there, because it is the only place they have hope of getting food. Abdi recalls that in 1992, there was another drought and famine and his baby sister died.
Norma Hotaling was a prostitute and drug addict for a decade before she turned her life around. Then, with the help of a cop who had arrested her numerous times, she began what she calls a "John School" - the First Offender Prostitution Program. Located in San Francisco, the school caters to men arrested soliciting sex for the first time. Also in this episode: 93-year-old marion Downs has her say. And listener Richard Watson contributes to our series "Your Story."
Three years ago, Fatima Abdul Razaq and her husband were on their way to a family event in their town in Iraq when they stopped near an American convoy. As far as she knows, it was a soldier in the turret of a humvee who aimed his rifle at her and shot her in the face.Also: an update on our story with Captain Shannon Meehan. And: This Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Joyce Wadler recently investigated an item that marketers hope someone will buy: a $50,000 mattress.
"Ahmad" is a young doctor just starting his residency in Washington, D.C. But a few weeks ago, he was with his family in Syria. He participated in the protests that took place in his city, and he was arrested by the secret police. He's not using his real name for his family's safety.
The name Hama carries tremendous symbolic weight in the Middle East. It was the scene of an uprising against an earlier Syrian President. Government retribution against the citizens of Hama destroyed a city and many lives. We speak with Rasha Basha, a witness. Music: Dar Es Salaam, Astrakan Cafe, C'est Ailleurs, and Kashf. All by Anouar Brahem.