Dick speaks with Mike Williams, a former pro basketball player known as Massive Mike, who uses his anger about getting shot in a nightclub to motivate him out of his wheelchair. He wants to walk again - and has actually taken a few steps.
About ten years ago, Christopher Swain developed a crush on a river. He was living in Eugene, Oregon and became fascinated with the Columbia River, which runs from the wilds of Canada into the Pacific Ocean northwest of Portland. When Lewis and Clark explored the Pacific Northwest, the river was 'clear at any depth', no pollution, no dams, and full of fish. Christopher saw that the river had been abused and contaminated over the years, and wanted to do something to help.
Author Charlie Newton has been writing about cops for years. He writes fiction (police thrillers) and his books have done well. So one day he got an idea; Why not teach cops to write stories themselves, about their own lives? He started teaching a fiction course at the Chicago Police Department.
Bernie Madoff is in jail and the headlines are crowded with stories of corporate manipulation. Humberto Aguilar has a story about trying to beat the system - and failing. Back in the 80s, Humberto was a high-profile lawyer in Miami. Many of Humberto's clients were drug dealers, and soon enough they were asking him to launder money for them.