Starting over and making something out of nothing is what so many people have to do these days. And that leads us to another city in Michigan: Detroit, and new opportunity to build railings, trellises and gazebos.
When Dick was living in India, he remembers the system that delivered water to tanks on the roof, which then sent pressurized water down into the home. It's the same in New York. Producer Joe Richman of Radio Diaries gets up on the roof and talks with the men who build and repair those tanks, now a classic part of the skyline.
Jon Sandell took his first job bagging groceries as a teenager. He's been in the grocery business ever since. As a trainer of baggers and carryouts, Jon has won several state bagging competitions. But when he turned 50, he decided to try to go to nationals. He did and ended up being a subject in an upcoming film documentary, "Ready, Set, Bag." Jon tells Dick about the competition and his own personal victory.
Policy makers at the state and national level are considering creative ways to reintegrate ex-felons into society. Doug Haas Bennett had a unique approach - she employed former prisoners in her costume shop. also in this episode: a straight spouse, and biologist Bart Walter.
The threat of foreclosure is not just a problem for Frank and Judy Viola - across the country, more than one in every 500 homeowners are facing it. They were struggling to save their home of 22 years after Frank was injured and lost his job. They turned to a non-profit housing adviser to negotiate with their mortgage company. Also in this show: Reconsidering The Profession
Sirio Maccioni first opened the restaurant in 1974. In 2004, Sirio closed Le Cirque in order to re-open it in a new location. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi documented the closing and the re-opening - capturing scenes such as Sirio getting advice from Henry Kissinger on where to locate the new restaurant.
John Nese has worked in a corner store since he was 5 years old. His father owned the store before he was born and it’s still in his family today. But the grocery store no longer sells things like bread, or milk. Nope, this store is all soda.