Dinerral Shavers was the drummer and singer for the New Orleans-based Hot 8 Brass Band. He was also a victim of the post-Katrina violence. He was shot during what would turn out to be one of the most violent weeks in post-Katrina New Orleans. Dinerral’s band mate Bennie Pete remembers when the two met.
When Andrew Porter started as a writer, his success seemed charmed. He got into a prestigious writers workshop, got a story published in a national magazine and soon after found an agent. Late one night when he was nearly done writing his first book, he came home to find his apartment burglarized. All of his writing - computer, backups, printed copies - was gone.
Rachel Zucker was on the phone with a friend the day before President Obama's inauguration, when the two poets had a eureka moment. They decided to find 100 poets who would sign up to write a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days in office.
Demetria Williamson found out about microloans after she suffered an injury that made it impossible for her to stay on in her job as an oncology aide. Not knowing what to do after she lost her job, she went to sleep and dreamt about a product that would help chemotherapy patients get affordable and attractive wigs. Demetria talks to Dick Gordon about how microcredit loans built her self-esteem and her business. Dick also talks with a photojournalist who documented a microloan group in Eritrea that provides donkeys. Also on the show: navigating the Vietnam War.
In 2008, a tornado swept through Tom Cook’s home, killing his wife. Distraught, he moved with his daughter to Joplin, Mo., where he bought a new house – and a steel shelter. When a tornado came three years later, they were prepared.