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.
Economic decline has left Detroit with many abandoned buildings. Jim Griffioen lives in the city and has been documenting the destruction of some of those buildings by "scrappers," people who strip abandoned buildings of valuable metals.
Chris Downey had put in 20 years as an architect when the doctors told him he was going blind. Today, he still works as an architect, but he is dedicated to creating more environments for those with disabilities. Also: last we heard from Chris Higginbotham, he was just called back to deployment - but as we hear today, his story didn't turn out as he expected. And: the story of two dogs and their owner looking past the chewed up shoe to see art.
Chris Stewart is a stock trader in Chicago who thrives on the intensity of ups and downs in the market. Lately, he's been getting all the intensity he can handle. But Chris has his own way of handling the pressure: he wrangles his way onto the stage with rock bands to play percussion. Now he's a semi-regular performer with the Dave Mason band and has met many of his boyhood idols. Also in this episode: drumming up home buyers in a tough market.
Ray Matthews is a painter who's kept his work tucked away in his apartment for years. He sold one painting to the local general store to get some money for medicine for his mother. When Janet Hubbard noticed that painting in the store window, she set out to meet Ray. Also in this episode, Joseph Pfeffer's Chrysler dealership in New Jersey.
There's a lot of money in green energy these days, and a lot of public interest in getting away from fossil fuels. Many states are looking at generating power through wind. In a remote part of Maine, a wind power company has already set up 38 turbines. Stetson Mountain is now New England's largest wind farm.
Mike Cianchette is the project operations manager there.
Magazine sales crews are still going strong, despite investigations into their exploitative practices. These crews are largely composed of younger people, often with troubled lives, recruited to sell magazines across the country.
Olivia Helmig was in a magazine crew for 10 months. During that time, she had no medical care, witnessed abuse and heard stories of rape from fellow female crew members