Dick speaks with Angie Hicks about how the business got started - door to door with just a handful of subscribers. Angie had little knowledge about home repairs but she learned and amassed a great Rolodex, and that's how the company grew.
Ramier Shaikh is one of many who tied his dreams to the promise of the American economy. He left India in 1996, full of ambition to become successful, get married and support his aging father back home. He earned two degrees in engineering and quickly rose up the ranks in the auto industry. He also started a lawn care business on the side, employing immigrants and refugees. Then the dream ended. As he tells Dick Gordon, Ramier is losing his job, and may now pursue his dreams in another country. Also in this episode: the Forest Hills fiasco.
A new nonprofit is building affordable housing by rehabbing foreclosed and abandoned houses that were slated for landfill. Also in this episode: Helen Roy is trying to keep her native language, Ojibwe, alive.
Students at San Jose State University started a campaign to raise the city's minimum wage, and successfully persuaded the city to impose a 25% minimum wage increase, from $8 to $10. Student Elisha St. Laurent tells Dick Gordon she's spent years struggling to support herself on a minimum wage salary.
Twitter is often dismissed as a frivolous way to keep track of celebrities, or to announce to friends that you’re not going to the gym today. It’s actually become a lot more powerful a tool than that. Today Dick Gordon talks with the owner of the legendary music club The Roxy about the way social media has brought new life to the Sunset Strip club. Also in the Show: A woman walks across the graduation stage 40 years after receiving her degree.
If there is a mecca for American foodies, it's probably Chez Panisse, Alice Waters' successful restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. As a college student at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat saved money for a year to eat one dinner there. It was love at first bite. Samin landed a job as a buser, and worked her way up to line cook. When her mentor, the head chef at Chez Panisse for 16 years, decided to open a restaurant a couple of miles away, she became his sous chef.
Robin Wadsworth has always had baseball on her mind. At 12, she became a star pitcher - on a boys team. After graduating college, she felt the call to the baseball diamond again, and worked on a minor league team before she was lured away by the call of big business.
Recently, Robin returned to baseball as the CEO of a small collegiate team.
Leslie Hampel lost her consulting job this fall after her firm lost some of its biggest clients to the financial industry collapse. Leslie was a high performer who routinely put in 16 hours days. So when she got the news that she was laid off, she descended into a spiral of self doubt. But one critical meeting weeks later helped her get her confidence back. Now, Leslie sees there may have been a bright side to losing her job.
Vimala Rajendran is emerging from this recession just fine. She's just opened her own business, a restaurant called Vimala’s Curryblossom Café. And she did it without having to borrow from one of the big banks. Instead, she accepted dozens of tiny loans from people in her North Carolina home who believed in her. Also in this show: two sides of California's water fight.