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.
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.
A couple near Boston is celebrating their 46th anniversary this month. Their love story is one for the ages. Tom was a Hungarian Jew living in Budapest during the rise of Nazi power. Jutta was a young German girl in Berlin who was the daughter of one of Hitler’s officers.
Finding a job these days is tough – and even tougher if you’re one of the 73 million Americans with a state criminal record. Most job applications have a box you’re supposed to check if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. And that usually means you’re guaranteed not to be considered for the job. Juan Cruz spent nearly 15 years in prison after being convicted of a violent crime at age 18.
Nancy Eade was laid off from a big corporation, and she was without work for fourteen months. But she's now working again. And what she did to find work could be a lesson for others who are job hunting.
After months of negotiations, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangiraihave signed an agreement to share power in Zimbabwe. That's welcome news to musician Chiwoniso Maraire. Like most Zimbabweans, she struggled all summer with food shortages and skyrocketing prices, and the constant threat of political violence. Also in this episode: intervening in a dog fight.