Travelers often like keeping accounts of their journeys and today, producer Marika Partridge shares some family tapes of a world tour in 1968. Music, stories and sound, all gathered on old reel-to-reel tape.
Adrienne Johnson wrote in after hearing our story about Reuben Appelman and his encounter with a childhood enemy on Facebook. Adrienne says her story is similar, except that she probably has more in common with the enemy.
Lynn Gazley has been living that debate. Lynn wasn't having any luck getting pregnant, so she turned to fertility treatments. Then she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and had to start chemotherapy immediately. Lynn later learned that she carries a gene mutation that made her highly susceptible to developing breast cancer. And it turns out that the fertility treatments may have caused the rapid growth of the cancer.
Angela Angelle was living in a trailer and struggling to provide for her seven kids. Eventually the electricity was cut off and a neighbor told children's services. Angela was given two options—go to a homeless shelter or lose custody of her children. Also on the show: a photographer talks about her most memorable portraits of Muhammad Ali.
Mel Miskimen has been listening to our series on summer jobs and how they can change us. Mel just knew she had to tell us her job. Mel took a summer job as a “toe checker” at the local pool after graduating from high school. It involved looking carefully at all kinds of people – and their feet. Mel tells Dick that she used this low-paying job to take revenge on middle school snobs by enforcing the rules and making them wear unattractive bathing caps. And she paid her way through college.
Mary Lee Haywood was diagnosed with TB in 1952, when she was 18. She had plans to go to nursing school and marry her high school sweetheart. All of that had to be postponed. Instead, Mary Lee spent nearly 2 years in sanatoriums. For a full year, she was confined to bed rest in a hospital. Also on the show: Doris "Granny D" Haddock ran for US Senate - at age 94.
Up until a few years ago, Tina and Vince Brennan had a classic American life. They married early, raised a lot of kids. Vince was on the road as a corporate vice president. But the recession has caused big changes. First they lived 7,000 miles apart, in order for Vince to have a job. Now, Tina’s at work for the first time, and Vince is at home.
Bryan Gonzalez is a former New Mexico border patrol agent. He often spoke with the migrants he caught trying to cross the border, and often heard stories of people trying to escape the violence surrounding the drug trade. Also in this episode, poet Richard Rodriguez. Plus, Duane VanderBrug was a white minister living in a black Chicago neighborhood. When the riots broke out after the announcement of MLK's death, Duane and his family stayed.