Michael Ian Black, a comedian and an avowed Democrat, invited Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, to cross the country with him in an RV. They talked to many people about their differences and wrote a book called "America You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom."
Mubin Shaikh spent two years as an intelligence service mole inside an Islamist cell which was allegedly plotting to blow up Canada's Parliament buildings and behead the Prime Minister. Mubin lost his standing within the Muslim community for his role, and became a controversial figure when it was revealed that he was paid $300,000 for his services. Mubin tells host Dick Gordon that despite everything, he would do it again as a matter of both principle and faith.
For 9 years Audrey Serrano thought she was HIV positive. Audrey took an anonymous HIV test at a clinic after her boyfriend reluctantly revealed he had HIV. Her test came back positive, and she underwent years of grueling medical treatments and lost custody of her daughter. Eventually Audrey got herself retested and those results were negative. Also in this episode, Steve DeJoseph grew up listening to his Italian grandfather complaining about family back in the old country. His grandfather constantly said his Italian relatives were "no good" and that all they wanted was the money he sent them. Steve tried to convince his granddad to take a trip back home, but it never happened. Finally Steve went himself to meet the "no good" people his grandfather had talked about.
As part of its restructuring plan, Chrysler has cut 25 percent of its dealerships across the country. Two of those dealerships belong to Rick and Rob Engel. The brothers have been selling Chrysler cars in New Jersey for more than 20 years and remained profitable - even during the current economic downturn. So they were surprised to find out that not one, but both, of their businesses would close.
Ritsuko Robinson grew up in her family’s inn on the bay in Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She lives in the U.S. now, but she was planning to go back for an important family ceremony this April. Since the tsunami, though, she’s had only spotty contact with family members, and she’s sure the most cherished family possession - the inn - has been destroyed.
Dick Gordon speaks with Fawzia Suayah as she walks the streets of Libya and talks about her joy over the changes in her country. Dick also talks with Sherif El Magrabe, a Libyan teenager, who is thinking about what revolution means for his generation. Ismail Suayah, Fawzia’s brother and Sherif’s uncle, joins the conversation.
Jesus Lara entered his very first spelling bee last year because his best friend Sam told him it would be fun. This year, 13-year-old Jesus won his school spelling bee, then the regional event, and today he's at the nationals in Washington D.C.
When Swedish businessman Lennart Dahlgren moved to Moscow as the first general manager of IKEA in Russia, he had only a vague idea that corruption and bribes were part of doing business there. But Lennart and IKEA had a different idea…be totally transparent and do everything above board. No pay-offs. Lennart is now retired - and he has written a memoir of his time in Russia, called “Despite Absurdity: How I Conquered Russia While It Conquered Me.” Also: Noah Z. Jones goes to Hollywood.