Some young people who find themselves in trouble manage to remove themselves on their own. Jordan Patrick Austin Teklay was constantly at odds with his mother, so he decided to leave. He was only 15. This story comes from WNYC’s Radio Rookies.
Huy Nguyen is one of the thousands of Vietnamese “boat people” who came to America in the 1980s. The Christmas season has real meaning for the his family. Also: Bobby Brasher wrote to tell us a story of coincidence. It involved two of the lowest moments of her life - and a nun who appeared at just the right time, in two different hospitals, years apart.
Rosemary Stewart-Stafford says she knows just how real and dangerous white supremacist groups can be. She infiltrated several of them, at first out of curiosity. Her cover was eventually blown publicly at an extremist convention. Rosemary now lives in isolation, out of concern for her safety. Also in the show: Resettling from Burma to Utica, NY.
One year ago today, trucker Robert Leffer was in his big rig carrying cargo down Interstate 40 in North Carolina. In the late evening darkness Robert suddenly saw a disabled car, with no lights on, right in front of him. Robert's truck careened off the road into a fiery crash that left Robert severely burned. Robert talks with Dick about his remarkable recovery, and the cherished moments with his toddler son that give him hope.
Bob Goodale had an interesting summer job. Bob wrote to us, "I was a sauerkraut runner...My job was to get in the vats when the brine was below their knees and 'run' around until the brine was well over their knees!"
Larry Gibson and Dennis Golay are in their 60s. They've been together for 27 years, and both have felt the side effects from their HIV medications. Despite their wavering health, Larry and Dennis have outlived 60 of their closest friends. They talk with Dick Gordon about how they maintain their optimism - and how a pact they made two decades ago keeps them moving forward.
While living in D.C., Marc Hoecker's 1985 Pontiac Parisienne was stolen from a parking spot. Marc's anger spurred him to action and the beginning of a four-day adventure, involving stakeouts, car chases and ultimately lots of cops.