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.
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.
You never know when change takes hold. President Obama promised this week to lower business taxes. It might happen quickly. It might happen only in time to help Everett and Ryan McCord. They are brother and sister and they have their own businesses making skateboards and scarves. And they're both still in high school.
Anna Bliss and Linda Lehmann both lost their jobs last year. They went to unemployment support groups but found the groups to be all about networking, not helping one another get through the anxiety and sadness of joblessness.
So started the Dung Sisters—a small group of unemployed women who meet weekly to share their highs and lows as they try to lift themselves out of unemployment. Also in the show: A couple is stuck living on a boat when their home won't sell.
To most of us, barbecue means summer and backyard gatherings over plates of grilled chicken, pork, or burgers. For Leslie Scott, barbecue is much more. It's a way of life. As she tells Dick Gordon, making great ribs can make someone fall in love with you.
Tom Mylan was a vegetarian before he became interested in the many ways a piece of beef can be butchered and eaten. Now, Mylan is obsessed with knowing the farm - and farmer - raising his beef, and gives sold-out cutting classes at his Brooklyn butcher shop the Meat Hook.
Tom Keithdied last week, and was the sound effects man for A Prairie Home Companion. His fellow sound man, Fred Newman, says Tom kept a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and could make the perfect footsteps, faltering or robust.