Elizabeth Samet teaches literature at West Point. She says the cadets are always a little surprised when she reveals her interest in Civil War history, in particular, what she’s learned from reading the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.
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."
It’s been nine years this weekend since two passenger jets were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center towers. Those attacks changed this country profoundly, and they continue to have a direct and dramatic effect on the people who worked on site in the aftermath. When Brooklyn firefighter Steve Mormino arrived in lower Manhattan just after midnight on 9/11, he expected devastation. But what struck him most was the silence. For the next four months, Steve worked constantly at Ground Zero. Years later he found out that his lungs had been permanently damaged from the particles in the air. Also, contributor Krista Bremer.
Mike Paye grew up in Liberia. He moved to the U.S. when his home country was rocked by war and his father died in the violence. The one thing Mike remembers about growing up, and about his father, is soccer. Also in the show: A check in with Abdi, in Somlia. And the invention of the Heisman Award.
There is growing concern about the number of veterans who are returning from war without work. Some National Guardsmen who expect to come back to a job find they've been laid off. There's even a bill before Congress calling for more training and more assistance for vets. Javorn Drummond spent almost five years in the army. He served in Iraq and ever since he got back, he's struggled to find his footing.