Our partnership with Salon.com brings us Noah Charney and his story about marrying a Slovenian woman. Before the ceremony, he had to perform a series of tests of his manliness, including wielding an axe, sharpening a scythe and shaving bark off trees.
Norma Kathman and her husband never kept it a secret that their son Ryan was adopted. In fact, Norma closely chronicled Ryan's life just in case he ever chose to reconnect with his birth mother. At the time Ryan began searching for her, his birth mother Moira Mangiameli was also searching for him.
Nancy Moser wore fake fingernails and perfect clothes when she worked as an event planner in Washington DC. The last place she ever thought she'd end up is working on a farm. But six years ago she met her future husband, and ten weeks later she found herself knee-deep in hay and milking cows at 4:30 each morning.
Tanya Chartrand and Gavan Fitzsimons had just gotten married when they came to Duke University as psychology professors. Then Tanya noticed that Gavan had a really annoying habit. Whenever she'd ask him for help around the house, he would do exactly the opposite -- and he didn't even know he was doing it. So they designed a formal research study. Also on the show: Joe Vella spent a year interviewing people who played with John Coltrane and those who heard him play.
Lani Roberts teaches philosophy at Oregon State University. She wrestles with everyday problems of right and wrong, and happens to believe that it is okay to lie to the unwelcome person knocking on her door. Yet she loves the ideal of truthfulness, and in fact reminds Dick that the word 'philosophy' means 'the love of wisdom.'
Mai Mclean had just turned 17 when she married an American soldier she met while working at an air base near her village in Vietnam. He was the first person who ever showed her any kindness. Mai left her village with her new husband. But leaving her mother was particularly wrenching. Mai faithfully sent money to her family in Vietnam every month until her husband abandoned her and she had to work 3 jobs to support her children. In February 2007, and for the first time in 40 years, Mai Mclean returned to her village in Vietnam to reconnect with the family and country she left behind.
Zach and Alana Hutchins were brought together by a pumpkin.It started days before Halloween of his freshman year in college, when Zach and some friends broke the rules and serenaded a girl after visiting hours. It was an adrenaline-pumping experience, and for some reason, when Zach was running off with his friends, he stole a pumpkin from the girls' dorm hallway.