This story involves folded paper, an airplane thrower, and an air hanger. Dick speaks to John Collins about his intention to break the Guinness World Records for a paper plane's longest flight. You can watch the event Sunday live on his website.
Hector Verdugo spent his childhood in Ramona Gardens, a part of East Los Angeles that is known as a rough place to grow up. One day he punched his brother in the face and left home for good. Hector soon fell in with the guys from his neighborhood, almost all of whom were gang members. Hector rose quickly as a drug dealer - he had lots of money and he spent it on stereos and low riding cars. But one day he decided he wanted out. Hector defied all odds and made it out of street life. At age 30, he earned his GED through an organization called Homeboy Industries.
Ericka Lutz is the Senior Editor of the online magazine Literary Mama. Her daughter, Annie, is just months away from turning 15. After Annie's 8th grade sex education class, she had a question that only her mother could answer. Over dinner, Annie asked her mother: "How old were you when you first had sex?" Also in this episode, a story of a horse and buggy.
About 10 years ago, William Lobdell was at a church retreat. He felt a warmth spreading in his chest and next he knew, he was raising his hand - he felt he had been saved. His faith gave him new purpose in life. After a couple of years as an evangelical Christian, he began taking steps to convert to Catholicism. Around the same time, he convinced his editors at the Los Angeles Times to allow him to become the paper's religion reporter.
Joyce Gill Campbell was a nanny in New York City, but after being underpaid and overworked by her employer, she became an advocate for worker’s rights. Joyce was part of a campaign which resulted in New York’s first ever Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.
Carlos Moran was born in Mexico, crossed the border at age 4, and landed in the hands of social services by age 11. His parents drank and fought at home. Social workers took Carlos and his 4 younger siblings away and put them in foster care. After Carlos graduated high school, he saw his younger brothers and sister go through the trauma he experienced in foster care, and he got the idea that he could be their legal guardian.
An estimated 27 million people are working as slaves around the world. Somaly Mam survived years as a sex slave in a Cambodian brothel. Since that time, she has devoted herself to rescuing other girls in captivity. She runs a network of safe homes. One of the girls she's helped, Sina Vann joins Somaly and Dick to talk about what this new family means to her.
Rasha Azeb is an Egyptian journalist who took part in the huge protests that ousted President Mubarak from power. Also in this episode, Mariem Masmoudi, an American college student who decided to quit school and go to Tunisia to work for change. Plus, Krista Mariem Masmoudi, an American college student who decided to quit school and go to Tunisia to work for change. And, contributor Krista Bremer.
A sound portrait of the "Angola Rodeo," a day when prisoners at the Angola state penitentiary put on a rodeo with all the "fixings" of a carnival midway. Produced by Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva of the Kitchen Sisters.