Guest host Alex Chadwick talks with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer about the oil that spilled in the Yellowstone River last month. Alex gets an update on the clean-up and talks to the governor about Montana as an energy state.
Today, on the six month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, we have a special feature from a team of radio producers in Miami. Also in the show, fighting the CAFO's. And: a Mississippi woman reflects on re-building after Katrina and the recent oil spill.
Faith Coleman is a nurse practitioner who doesn't have health insurance. Like many of her patients, her job does not offer an insurance option and she can't afford private insurance. Especially now: since Faith had kidney cancer, she is considered to have a pre-existing condition. After her experience fighting cancer without insurance, Faith decided to open a free clinic offering premium treatment in Florida for anyone without health insurance who meets poverty guidelines.
When former US Army medic Col. Patrick McKenzie was sent to Afghanistan, he arrived with great skepticism about the Afghan people he'd be working with. He was assigned an Afghan translator, a young doctor named Dr. Sayed Alam. As the two men tell Dick Gordon, distrust eventually turned into humor, and then friendship.
The recent arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on federal corruption charges has put a national spotlight on crooked politicians. Randy McNally heard the news of Gov. Blagojevich's arrest while he was riding in his car on his way back from a meeting. The news took Randy back to a time twenty years ago when he was a state assemblyman. One day a lobbyist for the bingo industry passed him an envelope in the hallway. Inside was $300 - a test to find out whether Randy would accept a bribe. Randy didn't pocket the cash. Instead he went to the FBI. Randy wore a wiretap for years and helped indict lobbyists and some of his colleagues in the state legislature. Also in this episode: a tow truck Santa.
One alarming note in all the bloody upheaval happening in eastern Congo is that rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has made his overarching political ambitions clear: he would like to overthrow Congo's present government and assume control of the country itself - even if that means marching on Kinshasa, thousands of miles to the west. Kambale Musavuli was a teenager when rebels overtook Kinshasa in 1996. He tells Dick Gordon about how the fear he felt then is still with him, as he watches what's happening now.
Terri Thompson was embarrassed as a child when her mother dragged her to thrift stores to try on clothes. She still remembers going to school in one particularly hideous outfit: a secondhand skirt altered to make bell bottoms. But as an adult, Terri soon realized she liked shopping in thrift stores. She could find everything she wanted - at affordable prices that often go to support charities.
Pirates are demanding $20 million ransom for a ship they've seized off the coast of Somalia. They say they're prepared to fight to the death. Max Hardberger has direct experience of high seas piracy. His job is to take back ships that have been pirated, many of them worth millions of dollars, and return them to their rightful owners. Also in this episode: coop dreams.
Tensions around the recent election in Angola highlight the fact that it's one of Africa's richest countries, yet its people are among the continent's poorest. The election has special resonance for Daniel Henrique. He was born there and grew up in refugee camps. His father spent several years in a Zambian prison before he found a way to get the family to a stabler life in the U.S. Also in this episode, another in our listener series of the personal side of politics.
Reports of sexual assault in the Army have increased since anonymous reporting was implemented. According to the Department of Defense, 21% of women soldiers say they have been sexually assaulted.Army Specialist Kymberlea L. Durant says that statistic is too low. Also in this epside, we received dozens of emails about Dick's conversation with Rmega Tafari, a woman squatting in an abandoned foreclosed home with her family. When Dick last spoke to Rmega, the bank that owned the home had asked her to leave. Dick checks in with Rmega to find out what's happened since.
Professor David McGrath says he's willing to pack a loaded pistol in class if gun laws change. He feels it's his responsibility to protect his students at the University of South Alabama at any cost - even his own life. David talks to Dick Gordon about why he believes training teachers to use guns on campus may give students a better chance of surviving a shooting. also in this epsiode: a broom of one's own.
How long would it be to walk every one of Barry Bonds's walks? If this kind of statistic appeals to you, then settle in and listen to Craig Robinson, the graphic illustrator who captures the arcane and inventive facts of baseball.
Frank Bender was a forensic sculptor who stumbled into his calling. He was able to see the faces of missing people and homicide victims with few clues. Frank passed away last week. Producer Peter Clowney visited him in his Philadelphia studio some years ago, and we are re-airing this profile.