Reddy Annappareddy was working as an overnight pharmacist when he came up with a way to serve his customers better. Corporate officials at Rite Aid dismissed his ideas so he quit and started his own business with free home delivery. Now it's making money.
Mike Stenke is a Detroit boy, born and raised. And one thing he really missed after moving down South was the pizza he grew up on. So when he found himself unemployed and searching for a new career, he decided to recreate the pizza of his youth, and sell it out of a truck. Klausie’s Pizza truck was born, but has hit many bumps along the way, including a city ordinance that doesn’t let him sell his pizza, on the street.
Jon and Chris Boggiano are brothers, West Point graduates, and veterans of the Iraq war. Jon and Chris consider themselves lucky. They're entrepreneurs who have started their own sustainable building consulting company, and they say their belief in this work matches the dedication they once felt in the Army.
After working in politics and diplomacy for years, Peter Bourne developed quite a rolodex of interesting contacts. He started working with then-Congressman Bill Richardson in 1995 and helped spring two American contractors from a prison in Iraq.
Shawn Howell lives in Kentucky. Just before he went to Iraq, he and his wife felt ready to buy a bigger house for their family. Then Shawn came home and his adjustable rate mortgage got 'adjusted'. Even with Shawn working two jobs and his wife running a home business, they simply couldn't make the payments. They also couldn't sell the house. Also in this episode, Americans are burying themselves in debt--and that makes big business for debt collectors. Hank Babb has worked the job for 24 years, and has plenty of stories about how he gets all kind of people to pay up.
Ann Marie Morse watched President Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress last week with vivid interest. Ann Marie has health insurance, but she knows how a catastrophic illness can change everything in an instant. Her daughter Michelle became seriously ill in college with colon cancer.
Today, Dick talks with Sam Woods about his experience with the health care system, both as the husband of a patient, and as a doctor. Sam's wife Beatrice died of breast cancer in 2001, and despite his professional connections, his experience almost broke him financially.
Tom Keithdied last week, and was the sound effects man for A Prairie Home Companion. His fellow sound man, Fred Newman, says Tom kept a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and could make the perfect footsteps, faltering or robust.