Alexis Goldstein was wrapped up in the competitive world of Wall Street. She shares an insider’s view with Dick about the mind-set of traders and why she decided to leave. Now she's pushing for reform through the Occupy Wall Street movement.
All this week, more of our favorite stories. Today: working. For years, Emma Pender and Rita Perry faced harsh conditions and physical injuries working at a chicken processing plant in North Carolina. But the money was too good to pass up living in a town where the jobs were few.
At 15 years old, Delencia began working as a prostitute in Texas. She says over the past three years it was her only opportunity to earn the money she wanted for clothes, hair and nail treatments. Last month, after a brush with law enforcement, Delencia decided to quit selling her body. Also in this show: Discovering Leslie Cheung
Hagan Myers works at a parking garage. One night, he was just about to clock out for the week when a pregnant woman and her husband realized they weren’t going to make it into the hospital before giving birth.
When Margaret Sudekum was 16, she took a summer job caring for a woman with quadriplegia named Mrs. Blackburn. Margaret describes Mrs. Blackburn as a woman who ran the household and raised her children-and who just happened to lack the ability to move.
Alison Donahue and Mike Wilhelm perform as the duo Cello Bella. They've discovered that Depression-era songs have a particular appeal for audiences today. The music is cheerful and hopeful and fun. And Alison and Mike aren't just reviving those old songs. They have used the music to turn themselves around as well.
Al-banan grew up in the town of Nyala in southern Darfur. After teaching himself English from CNN and BBC Radio, he got a computer degree in Khartoum in 2002. By the end of that year he was working as a translator for an aid organization and coming face-to-face with the horrors of the genocide. Also on the show: walking while working.
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.
Celeste Bacchi is a lawyer who represents people condemned to die. She remembers when she got the passion for this work - watching Gregory Peck play Atticus Finch in the movie "To Kill A Mockingbird." Also in this episode, Tricia Lewis.