Today marks the 46th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination. His grandson, Malcolm Shabazz's life has mirrored a number of the turns his grandfather went through, including time in prison and a transformative pilgrimage to Mecca. Now he is finding inspiration in his family and redefining his life. Also in this episode: Christine Ferrera has been filling out and submitting the comment card at Starbucks everyday... for five years.
Beth Finke wrote in to say that due to this recession, for the first time, she is the main breadwinner in her family. Beth has had lots of different jobs, but none were on the fast track. She went blind in her twenties and since then she has had to rely, more than she ever expected to, on her husband, Mike.
Alison Keenan found a husband and a father for her children in a newspaper ad. Not that she meant to.
In 1987, Alison was newly-divorced and needed a babysitter for her two boys. She looked through the classifieds. There she saw a phone number for someone named "Pat." When Alison discovered that Pat was a man she was nervous, but she met with him anyway.
Musician David Bass was born with heart problems and later required a heart transplant to save his life. But he was turned down by his doctor for care because he lacked health insurance. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he navigated the Medicaid system to get on the transplant waiting list. Also in this episode, another in our series of listener stories about when politics becomes personal. today, a hotel cook demands overtime.
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.
Ame Gilbert studied fine arts, but when she got married and had children, she found her life defined by the kitchen. Cooking became her primary means of communicating with her husband, and once they separated Ame realized that she didn't have anyone to talk to about food. So she created a whole new voice for herself, and that meant a whole new language of cooking.
Writer Ann Hood talks with Sean Cole about the mall in Warwick, Rhode Island. When it first opened, one mile from her home, it felt like an Emerald City. The mall ushered in her future and gave her a sense of confidence and curiosity. Yes, the mall did all that - and more.
Leili Pritschet's family descends from Iranian royalty. As a young girl, Leili learned to dance. Her training took her abroad, but she returned home to teach classical Iranian dance to the children of foreigners, principally Americans, living in the country. Then came the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Also in this episode, a grandmother tests her granddaughter's lunch box for lead, and listener Linda Powell.
Barbara Smith Conrad is a gifted mezzo-soprano who, as student at the University of Texas, found herself in a civil rights storm. It happened when Smith was cast opposite a white student. Smith was featured in the PBS documentary, When I Rise.