Knife maker Joel Bukiewicz talks about finding an old grinder in his parents’ barn and trying to make a knife. It was the first of many. He describes shaping the steel and making close to a dozen knives every month for his shop Cut Brooklyn.
Liz Kite's house got struck by lightning. Not once, not twice, but three times. And then, a car without a driver rammed through her living room picture window. Liz was not a believer in the great beyond, but something about these accidents made her start thinking that her dad, who passed away a few weeks before the first lightning strike, had something to do with them. Liz talks to Dick about how she got her home remodeled thanks to some very strange events.
The tax deadline was yesterday. Clark Williams and his partner Jim always file their taxes, but this tax year they were presented with a challenge. They are a married, same-sex couple, so in California they file a joint return. But they had to file as singles for the federal return.
When Jerry White served in the Vietnam War, he was warned of a beautiful girl named Tuyet who was collaborating with the Viet Cong. Jerry met Tuyet and was smitten. When the Viet Cong tried to assassinate Jerry with a bomb, Tuyet was hit instead. She survived, and thirty years later Jerry went back to Vietnam to find her.
Kelly Fern was born in South Korea, the fourth of six children. Her parents gave her up for adoption when she was 5, with the hope that she would be fed and educated. Kelly grew up in Rochester, Minn., distant from her Korean roots and with a mental picture of her Korean family that turned out not to match reality. Last year she received a letter that changed her perception of her family and herself. She flew to Korea for the first time to be reunited with her family after 37 years. Also in this story: listener Bill Munro's true story, "The Match."
James Morrow's experience with foster care was a nightmare. James is now living with a friend. He says if the state knew where he was, it might put him in a foster home - or at least make him quit his job and go back to school. As he tells Dick Gordon, he feels like his life is finally on the right track. James joins his employer, Dianne Reinhardt, in talking about how learning the trade of baking is helping him learn how to take care of himself. Also in this epsiode: seeing the Queen.
James Morrow had some problems growing up and ended up in foster care. That experience was a nightmare. He returned home to try living with his mother again, but ended up dropping out of high school. Shortly after, his family was evicted. For a time, James was living completely on his own - staying with a friend's family, avoiding both school and the state foster care program. That's when he met Dianne Reinhardt, an artisan baker who gave James a job.
Matt Kiley has heard our call for “Your Story” and he wrote in to tell us the story he will never forget. It all began with an art show. Matt and his wife were scheduled to participate in a big event, the kind of event where they expected to net a big chunk of their yearly income. But the show changed venues, and Matt didn’t make much money. That night, for some reason, he went to the track. And then he got a hot tip. And then he began to win. But Matt’s story doesn’t stop there.
Incidents of road rage increase in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of the summer. Paula wrote in about her husband, Greg. On the way out of town for a much-needed vacation, Greg and Paula encountered an aggressive driver who nearly drove them off the road. Greg normally keeps his cool - he spends a lot of time on the road driving large loads. In this case he didn't: before too long, both cars had pulled over and Greg had the guy in a headlock. Also in this episode, HIV/AIDS is spreading across the American South, particularly among the African American population. This week, the Black AIDS Institute issued a report criticizing the federal government for not doing more to help.African American woman are the most vulnerable to infection. DeVondia Roseborough found out she was HIV-positive in December 2003.
Next week Victor and Marianne Anderson celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary. The story of how the couple met and fell in love could have come straight from the pages of a romance novel. Also in this episode, against the backdrop of Hillary Clinton's dogged efforts to remain in the race to become the Democratic presidential candidate, Dick talks to someone who knows what it's like, and what it means, to come in second. Peter "PT" Townend came in second place 29 times in his pioneering surfing career in the 1970s. But he still managed to become a world champion.