Making do. Getting by. Adapting. That’s something Michael Sandler knows about. Michael is a "barefoot runner." But he only became a part of this new trend in athletics after two bad accidents set him back.
Luke Tipple, a marine biologist, grew up swimming and diving off the coast of southern Australia. He knows how to get the upper hand with a shark in the water, and has been hired by long distance swimmer Diana Nyad to protect her on a swim from Cuba to Florida.
Right now a group of really hardy runners are just finishing what’s called the toughest and coldest race in the world: the Yukon Arctic Ultra. It's 430 miles of such extreme conditions that prior to 2009, no one had made it to the finish line... that year, Bruce Thompson became one of the first. He talks with Dick about how he did it. One secret: Do not sweat into your clothes or you’ll freeze. Also in this episode: saved by a penguin. and: Over the Garage Records.
It’s been 6 months since the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. We hear from Angela Walters, who has spent hours and hours each week gathering up photographs that were lost to the winds and connecting them back to the photo’s owner.
Residents of Moore, Oklahoma are still sorting through the pieces of their lives after a tornado tore through town killing 24 people. Abby Wendle and Sarah Geis bring us an audio portrait of two of the hardest-hit spots: The Plaza Towers Elementary School, and the Warren Theater.
All this week, more of our favorite stories. Today: working. For years, Emma Pender and Rita Perry faced harsh conditions and physical injuries working at a chicken processing plant in North Carolina. But the money was too good to pass up living in a town where the jobs were few.