Stephanie Nolen is a Canadian journalist based in South Africa. She argued with her editors to establish a bureau there so she could report on what she sees as one of the biggest and most under-reported stories in the world: HIV/AIDS in Africa.
David Carroll was 8 years old when his family moved from a railroad town in central Pennsylvania to rural Connecticut. It was the first time he'd ever encountered a world where beyond his street there was something other than another street. One day, he wandered into a nearby swamp and saw a turtle. That moment would transform his life.
Monica Downer is a rower. She thought she was headed to the Olympics at Beijing. But just as she would get close to reaching her goal, her body seemed to give out on her. After years of misdiagnoses, she was finally informed that she had Lyme disease
When Greg Barbera lost his job as managing editor of a newspaper, he began staying home with his kids, and by default he became a stay-at-home dad. Greg has had mixed experiences in his role as the primary caregiver of his two sons, ages 7 and 3. He sometimes feels excluded by women at the neighborhood park. But he also feels tremendous satisfaction in steering the family ship. Later on the show: sarcasm saves the day.
As the final Space Shuttle retires, engineer Vance Gloster remembers the first shuttle landing in 1981. Next to the astronauts, he may have had the best view - from the "radar hill" at Edwards Air Force Base. Vance was there monitoring the tracking system he designed and built. Vance talks with guest host Sean Cole about his part in the first space shuttle landing.
And now, achieving flight while still on earth. We listen in to a father, Jon Carroll, and his daughter, trapeze artist Shana Carroll. She is part of that small group of people who knows what it feels like to fly. Produced by Jay Allison, a staff member at Transom.org.