Dick talks with Steve Shutts in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who was the focus of a "cash mob." This means many friends and customers descended on his store one day and bought something to support their local merchant.
When Swedish businessman Lennart Dahlgren moved to Moscow as the first general manager of IKEA in Russia, he had only a vague idea that corruption and bribes were part of doing business there. But Lennart and IKEA had a different idea…be totally transparent and do everything above board. No pay-offs. Lennart is now retired - and he has written a memoir of his time in Russia, called “Despite Absurdity: How I Conquered Russia While It Conquered Me.” Also: Noah Z. Jones goes to Hollywood.
As the recession continues, many businesses that were barely surviving before are finally closing their doors. Milwaukee’s Harry W. Schwartz Books is a recent recession casualty. Co-owner Carol Grossmeyer had to shut the doors a couple of weeks ago. But there’s an upside. Carol was able to sell one of the locations to former manager Lanora Hurley.
Anna Millar and Meghan Gosk share a job. But it hasn't always been easy. Anna was on the fast track for a big firm and after she had her first child she really felt the frustration of not being home. She did stay home, but found that full time mommy-hood was not a perfect fit either. When she got a full-time job at a university, she noticed that she worked really well with another mom, Meghan Gosk. The two hatched a business proposal which would allow them to share their job and each work part time.
In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend the June 7 Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas, where she'll try to convince shareholders that Walmart must protect the safety of factory workers.
Ray Matthews is a painter who's kept his work tucked away in his apartment for years. He sold one painting to the local general store to get some money for medicine for his mother. When Janet Hubbard noticed that painting in the store window, she set out to meet Ray. Also in this episode, Joseph Pfeffer's Chrysler dealership in New Jersey.
There's a lot of money in green energy these days, and a lot of public interest in getting away from fossil fuels. Many states are looking at generating power through wind. In a remote part of Maine, a wind power company has already set up 38 turbines. Stetson Mountain is now New England's largest wind farm.
Mike Cianchette is the project operations manager there.
Magazine sales crews are still going strong, despite investigations into their exploitative practices. These crews are largely composed of younger people, often with troubled lives, recruited to sell magazines across the country.
Olivia Helmig was in a magazine crew for 10 months. During that time, she had no medical care, witnessed abuse and heard stories of rape from fellow female crew members
The volatile economy has forced many people out of their jobs, and still more to look for new ways of making money. Dave and Carrie found themselves laid off at a time when gold was fetching over $1,000 an ounce. So they moved to a remote canyon in northern California and started life anew - as gold miners.
The Story has been following Reuben Jackson, who swapped his job last summer as a Smithsonian Institution archivist for one as a high school teacher. Reuben talks to Dick about trying to engage students with his assignments and encouraging their “poet’s eye.”