Rick Olsen lost his job as the Chief Operating Officer of a small high tech company. When he didn’t immediately land a job, he began to rethink what a paycheck really means. Because of that deep thinking, he made one big change.
Jon Sandell took his first job bagging groceries as a teenager. He's been in the grocery business ever since. As a trainer of baggers and carryouts, Jon has won several state bagging competitions. But when he turned 50, he decided to try to go to nationals. He did and ended up being a subject in an upcoming film documentary, "Ready, Set, Bag." Jon tells Dick about the competition and his own personal victory.
Joseph Pfeffer closed the doors on his 66-year-old car dealership last month, after getting notice that the bank could no longer provide financing. After nearly 7 decades in the business, spanning wars and debilitating recessions, Joseph can't believe what he's facing: letting go of 50 employees and facing the emptiness of the day before him. Also in this episode, a story from our occasional series, "Tough Jobs".
Anthony Beaver is a service adviser at a car dealership in Napa, California. He's the one who delivers the news after the mechanic has checked the engine and found out what's wrong. Anthony talks about the time an irate boyfriend showed up to confront him - and he answers the difficult question of why there are so few young black men doing this kind of work. Also on the show: after a coma, a young woman opens her eyes to the kindness of others.
Jonathan Abrams founded Friendster - the first online social network to attract millions of users. The site was wildly successful after its launch in 2002, and by 2003, Jonathan faced two options: sell out to Google for $30 million, or partner with private investors.
Jonathan chose to partner, and in his eyes, things went downhill from there.
Dick Gordon talks to the father-daughter duo, Blair and Steve Hansen, about the ups and downs of tackling music as a family business. Also in this episode, we continue to follow the fate of one detainee at Guantanamo, Mr. Al Ghizzawi. His attorney, Candace Gorman, has the update.
Jon and Chris Boggiano are brothers, West Point graduates, and veterans of the Iraq war. Jon and Chris consider themselves lucky. They're entrepreneurs who have started their own sustainable building consulting company, and they say their belief in this work matches the dedication they once felt in the Army.
Ben Flanner is a pioneer of rooftop farming in Queens, New York. Preparing his one-acre farm required a lot of trips up the elevator, but he saw a good harvest last fall, and he says he's ready to plant again.