Every time he steps on an ant - or more often, saves one - guest host Sean Cole thinks about the time he spent with Stefan Cover. Stefan is an ant researcher and curator who oversees a massive ant collection at Harvard University.
Dan Marcotte raced his first stock car at age 16. Since then, he’s been passionate not just about racing, but about building his own car that can go super fast. He’s now built a "land speed car." And today, he heads out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see if his homemade car can break his personal record: 279.6 miles per hour. Also: a brush with fame, meeting Pete Seeger.
Cleve Hicks has been studying chimps for 10 years, the last four in the Congo. The preserve where his study was being conducted was overrun by illegal gold miners last year. So Cleve and his crew had to leave the preserve and set up shop somewhere else.
When Jo Holt had a patient with a wound that required regular dressing at home, she thought to record photos and detailed voice instructions into his cell phone. Jo encountered some push back from her colleagues, but as she tells Dick Gordon, she believes fresh thinking and new technology can only benefit the health care industry. Also in this episode: Physician Assistant Lisa Shock put her house on the line and bought her own primary care practice.
Two years ago, at age 32, Debbie Horwitz learned she had breast cancer. Debbie wanted to know what the process - double mastectomy and reconstruction - would look like, and no one could show her photos of a mastectomy and reconstruction on a young woman's body. So Debbie began a scrapbook to detail her physical changes Then she enlisted the help of a professional photographer to document it. The result is a photo book called Myself: Together Again.
Yes, tables. A lot of talking is done in Washington and things are loud right now as officials negotiate the debt ceiling. Robert Reich was President Clinton's Labor Secretary, and he understands political tension. He tells guest host Sean Cole the story of how he negotiated for a higher minimum wage. It wasn't a victory - it was a compromise.
The writer Harry Bernstein died on June 3 - he was 101 years old. He was first on The Story four years ago. Producer Cori Princell tells the story of what she and Harry talked about after the recorder was turned off.