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.
Jonathan David created a lucrative career for himself shooting prime-time TV commercials for companies like Pepsi and Adidas. He grew up poor and his father instilled a mantra in him to work hard for a better future. Jonathan says that's what he did, and then some. But when he got divorce and the recession followed, Jonathan found himself paying out more than he made. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he's reevaluating his relationship with money. Also: a story from our series about when politicsa becomes personal. This one is about meeting Richard J. Daley.
Randall Arauz is a marine biologist in Costa Rica who has been working for years to protect sea turtles there. One day he saw a video documenting "shark finning." Fishermen haul in sharks, cut off the fins, and dump the bodies of the sharks back into the ocean.
erry Belanger has a love for downtown Detroit. Where others may see vacant buildings and shattered windows, Jerry sees a city with soul. He’s committed to revitalizing the downtown area, an effort that started with renovating an abandoned building and opening his own bar.
Alix Toyo lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He'd worked as a fixer for journalists, but when things got so bad that even journalists stopped coming, he had to do something different. So he opened up a restaurant a year and a half ago, and thought he'd finally get to be independent. Also in the show: Riding the rice boom.
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.
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.”