Drive through certain neighborhoods in Detroit and there are houses with boarded up windows and trees growing through walls. Story producer Phoebe Judge speaks with photographer Kevin Bauman, a Detroit native, about his recent project, 100 Abandoned Houses.
Gay marriage is one issue both presidential candidates have been treading lightly around. But in California, voters will decide whether to accept Proposition 8 and ban gay marriage, or keep gay marriage legal. The amount of money both sides have spent on the issue has now reached record-breaking levels. The driving force behind Proposition 8 is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Andrew Callahan was for decades a devout Mormon, and eventually became a High Priest. But he’s recently broken ranks with the church over its stand on gay marriage. Also in this episode: an unwitting politician.
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.
Henry Ehrlich knows about the soothing power of words in times of economic turmoil. He was the speechwriter for the chief American negotiator during the foreign debt crisis of the 1980s. It was a time when one wrong word could have sparked a catastrophe.Also in this episode: Mary Jane Young still has vivid memories of the 1929 crash. Her father had been a successful real estate builder in New York and had also bought stocks. He eventually lost everything.
Maryanne Kamau has been on the phone to Kenya almost constantly since violence broke out there after the December 27 elections. Early in the morning on December 31, a cousin and nephew of hers were hacked to death outside of the family farm in Turbo. Dick Gordon talks with Maryanne, and her cousin Peter Kamau Waweru in Kenya, about how their family is dealing with the crisis. Also on the show: a kiss between friends.
Flor was among those picked up at the Howard Industries plant in Laurel, Miss. She's now wearing an ankle bracelet that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to monitor her movement while she awaits a hearing that could lead to her deportation.
Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has become an important face in the crowds of millions who are protesting in Egypt. Laban Coblentz is his former speech writer, and he's helping ElBaradei write his upcoming memoir. Laban has traveled with ElBaradei, and he helped him think through his Nobel Award speech in 2005. Laban talks with Dick Gordon about his friend and former colleague.
This week, Japanese scientists are admitting that the radiation leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant were much worse than initially reported. Mitsuo Sato has a farm in nearby Naraha, part of the nuclear exclusion zone. He hasn't been allowed home to feed his animals in nearly two months. The last time he was there, he was forced to let his prized beef cattle loose to roam. The land is not safe for his grandchildren to live on and he is unsure when things will ever return to normal.