Some young people who find themselves in trouble manage to remove themselves on their own. Jordan Patrick Austin Teklay was constantly at odds with his mother, so he decided to leave. He was only 15. This story comes from WNYC’s Radio Rookies.
Liz Kite's house got struck by lightning. Not once, not twice, but three times. And then, a car without a driver rammed through her living room picture window. Liz was not a believer in the great beyond, but something about these accidents made her start thinking that her dad, who passed away a few weeks before the first lightning strike, had something to do with them. Liz talks to Dick about how she got her home remodeled thanks to some very strange events.
Cindy Ralston has been following the stories of health care reform closely - she's heard the nightmare stories of pre-existing conditions, and insurance companies not paying up. So Cindy wrote in with her story of an insurance company that paid the bills, even knowing that the payment was hefty and the policy was set to expire.
Nasim Fekrat says Afghans have been through a lot, but they have trust in Joe Biden. He's a young blogger who is writing to let the world know about the lives of ordinary people of Afghanistan, the people who dance and have love in their hearts.
Pat Althizer has always had a love affair with his camera lens. But his passion was just a hobby. It wasn't until Pat decided to retire that he figured out what he wanted to be when he grew up: a photo safari guide in Yosemite National Park.
Dianne Reinhardt runs a small artisan bakery outside of Atlanta, and she's thriving despite the bad economy. She says she runs her business like a family budget: she doesn't spend money she doesn't have. When the price of an ingredient goes up, she simply cuts it out of the recipe - or she makes smaller loaves.
On October 29th 2008, Philadelphia won the World Series. Philadelphians were swept up in a moment of great celebration and poured into the streets. Ted Passon, who is not a sports fan but joined the revelers that night, came home to find his car flipped.
Gurden Brewster spent time with the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was a young man. In the summer of 1961 when he was a seminary student, Gurdon volunteered to work at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He stayed with Dr. King's father, Daddy King.
About 10 years ago, William Lobdell was at a church retreat. He felt a warmth spreading in his chest and next he knew, he was raising his hand - he felt he had been saved. His faith gave him new purpose in life. After a couple of years as an evangelical Christian, he began taking steps to convert to Catholicism. Around the same time, he convinced his editors at the Los Angeles Times to allow him to become the paper's religion reporter.