If you were at the airport this week, chances are you had a suitcase with little wheels on it. Dick’s guest, Bernard Sadow, is the man who began a revolution. He was the first to put wheels on luggage.
When Peter Hessler first arrived in the remote Chinese river town of Fuling, the only way to get there was by boat. Recently, he went back for a visit to explore the changes that the Three Gorges Dam has made.
Monica Downer is a rower. She thought she was headed to the Olympics at Beijing. But just as she would get close to reaching her goal, her body seemed to give out on her. After years of misdiagnoses, she was finally informed that she had Lyme disease
Kenny and Jamie Deason wrote in with their contribution to our "Your Story" file. They had lived in San Francisco for a year, helping kids and scraping by on money they made from selling bicycles. They decided it was time to return to their hometown, Oklahoma City. With only a few possessions and $20 in cash, they began their journey from California to Oklahoma - on homemade bicycles.
When Greg Barbera lost his job as managing editor of a newspaper, he began staying home with his kids, and by default he became a stay-at-home dad. Greg has had mixed experiences in his role as the primary caregiver of his two sons, ages 7 and 3. He sometimes feels excluded by women at the neighborhood park. But he also feels tremendous satisfaction in steering the family ship. Later on the show: sarcasm saves the day.
When Swedish businessman Lennart Dahlgren moved to Moscow as the first general manager of IKEA in Russia, he had only a vague idea that corruption and bribes were part of doing business there. But Lennart and IKEA had a different idea…be totally transparent and do everything above board. No pay-offs. Lennart is now retired - and he has written a memoir of his time in Russia, called “Despite Absurdity: How I Conquered Russia While It Conquered Me.” Also: Noah Z. Jones goes to Hollywood.
As the recession continues, many businesses that were barely surviving before are finally closing their doors. Milwaukee’s Harry W. Schwartz Books is a recent recession casualty. Co-owner Carol Grossmeyer had to shut the doors a couple of weeks ago. But there’s an upside. Carol was able to sell one of the locations to former manager Lanora Hurley.
Anna Millar and Meghan Gosk share a job. But it hasn't always been easy. Anna was on the fast track for a big firm and after she had her first child she really felt the frustration of not being home. She did stay home, but found that full time mommy-hood was not a perfect fit either. When she got a full-time job at a university, she noticed that she worked really well with another mom, Meghan Gosk. The two hatched a business proposal which would allow them to share their job and each work part time.
In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend the June 7 Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas, where she'll try to convince shareholders that Walmart must protect the safety of factory workers.
Millions of us will have taken to the road this week, headed to Thanksgiving destinations. No matter how bad traffic is, or what goes wrong for us, it almost certainly won’t be as bad as Rick Olson’s trip from Wisconsin to Texas...