Dick checks in with the underground activist he often speaks to about the uprising there. Osama describes coming to a decision about whether he should stay underground and organize or go public and take the risk of being arrested and or killed.
One of the most closely-watched votes this week is California’s Proposition 19. It’s a measure that would legalize the cultivation and possession of marijuana. Kimberly Simms never thought she’d care much about the issue. She is a lawyer, and she’s found her niche in the groundbreaking field of marijuana law. Also, stories from our listener series "Personal Politics." And, meeting Jackie Robinson.
Larry and Ellen Johnson have lived in the Gulf Coast area their entire life and run a local seafood business called High Tide Foods. They catch and sell shrimp, oysters and crabs just as their parents did and their kids and grandkids are doing now. But as oil courses into the Gulf for the third straight month, the future of their business and their way of life is unclear.
People who turn to their health insurance company for coverage of mental illness are often surprised to learn that benefits can be hard to get. Susan Schoenmarklin has been through this with her son, Davis. Davis struggled with his behavior for years. It began with defiance and biting. Soon, an 8-year-old Davis was carted away by police, in handcuffs. Also in the show: A brother and sister team start a jewelry company.
One of the main worries in Haiti now is health and sanitation. One agency that works directly on those issues is Oxfam. Yolette Etienne is Haiti's country director for Oxfam. She has been working long hours just to make the places around the tents clean. At the same time Yolette is dealing with her own tragedies. Her mother was killed, her house was destroyed, and now she's responsible for two orphans. Yolette joins Dick Gordon to talk about the realities of living and working in Haiti after the quake.