A Libyan-American goes to Libya during the uprising and is imprisoned and tortured. Dick speaks with Rida Mazagri about his choice to go and what prison was like. This conversation was recorded as part of an annual event at the University of North Carolina.
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.
Michael Delaney is bucking some major economic trends. Instead of losing jobs, he’s landing them. It wasn’t always this way for Michael. In the 90s, he lived comfortably in Silicon Valley. Then the dot com bubble burst. At that time, Michael could not have imagined the jobs that would follow: monkey keeper, deli counter attendant, hardware store clerk.
After Lara Logan was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square, more women reporters have been talking about sexual assault on the job. Pippin Ross was once a regular voice on NPR shows. While reporting on a story in 2000, she was brutally raped and began a downward slide that ended in prison. There, she began to identify the close connections between addiction, sexual violence and the kinds of crimes that land women in prison.
Yes, tables. A lot of talking is done in Washington and things are loud right now as officials negotiate the debt ceiling. Robert Reich was President Clinton's Labor Secretary, and he understands political tension. He tells guest host Sean Cole the story of how he negotiated for a higher minimum wage. It wasn't a victory - it was a compromise.
We're still making sense of how exposure to radiation affects people's health, but it's long been known that children are the most vulnerable. Dr. James Yamazaki was one of the doctors who first studied the effects of radiation on children. A Japanese-American veteran of World War Two, he traveled to Nagasaki in 1949 and found high rates of leukemia and disabilities. Now 95 years old, he is passionate about the dangers of nuclear weapons.
Ahmed Abdullah recently came upon a painting of Donald Rumsfeld hanging in a Baghdad museum. For Ahmed, the painting distills one of his greatest fears into a single image: that Iraqi culture and history may soon disappear.
Recently Dick spoke with Jaeson Parsons. During his tour in Iraq, Jaeson began to keep track of murals and graffiti made by soldiers. Jaeson is just back from a trip to Iraq and Kuwait - as a civilian - to document that graffiti.