A few years ago, a dead whale washed up on the shore of Lubec, Maine. Residents had mixed reactions, but most of them felt a sense of wonder and smallness. The story was produced by Molly Menschel at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Pius Gabriel grew up in Sri Lanka, and then moved to the US to attend college. He had just retired from a career in the US military when he heard the news of the tsunami. In late December 2006 -- the anniversary of the disaster -- Pius joined Dick to talk about "his" orphans, and his work there.Since that interview, Pius has returned to Sri Lanka. He managed to survive what embassy officials called a suicide mission.
The summer before his junior year in high school, Inney Prakash convinced his parents to let him move to another state for an internship with a writer he revered. The internship showed Inney the downside of celebrity and taught him quite a bit about himself.
Juan Hairston had a stroke when she was in her thirties that damaged her ability to speak. She's made a lot of progress, but 6 years later, she still has trouble finding and saying certain words, mainly nouns. But Juan's story is about more than recovery and regaining the ability to speak. It's also about finding love.
Parents of autistic children often hear they have only a limited window of opportunity to act before their children could be "lost to autism." Dave Spicer didn't learn he was autistic until he was forty-six.
Dave's son, Andrew, was tested and diagnosed as autistic. It was during Andrew's testing that Dave found the similarities of his son's condition and his own experiences to be uncannily similar.
Robin Young lives and works in Orange Beach, Alabama…one of the prettiest places on earth, she says. But after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, things quickly turned dark.Also: The Southern Foodways Alliance, a group that studies and documents Southern cuisine, recently gave a lifetime achievement award to a food writer in Atlanta. But Christiane Lauterbach is not from the low country or the bayou. She was raised on the smells and tastes of Paris.