Writer Allan Gurganus reads a piece from his memoir in progress, a chapter called "712 Marigold: Christmas of '57." Settle in and hear about his grandmother's legendary Christmas tree - always "eight feet of perfect."
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.
Rose Maura Lorre was kidnapped in 1982 in New Jersey. She was seven years old. While many kidnapping survivors aren't able to tell their stories, Rose says she told her story a lot. Too much, she says.
In 1981, Ray, an Army veteran and aspiring musician was charged with kidnapping, rape and felonious assault. He was accused of attacking a 12 year old boy and 11 year old girl. Ray could have received a lighter sentence if he pled guilty but he refused and was sentenced to life in prison plus 12-40 years. He was released on DNA evidence in 2010 after spending 28 years in prison.
On a good surfers’ beach, usually everyone is in the water. But at 38th Parallel Beach – near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea – surfers sometimes see parades with tanks, soldiers and guns.
Bill Gascoigne and Kyle Mankes are both under 40 and unemployed. Kyle was once a business analyst. Bill formerly worked as a Michigan city manager. Now they’ve created a group called BUMS: The Brotherhood of Unemployed Men. Also inthis episode, Adam Greenfield lived 100% car-free for all of 2009.
During the housing boom, many Americans got into buying cheap houses and rehabbing them for profit. Over an 18-year period, Mark Post bought six homes in his neighborhood - but not to flip them. Mark had it in mind he could help make his community a better place.