Nate Kalichman, who is 90, and Paula Givan, 67, got married in June. Sit with them and it seems they've been married for years, yet it's brand new at the same time. They share their stories of finding love late in life and making plans.
Mary Ranson's mother told her stories about performing as a child ventriloquist, living her life in an orphanage, and being discovered by a Hollywood star. Mary didn't know what to believe. One day Mary decided to find out the truth.
When Dr. David Miller's children got into a terrible car accident, David found himself in the position of many of his patients: having to decide whether to donate his daughter's heart. Liz Carpenter, a young woman who was on oxygen and confined to a wheelchair because of a worsening congenital heart disease, got a phone call about the heart that could save her life. And Dr. Giorgio Aru, a transplant surgeon, found himself the bearer of the precious gift.
When Jason Russey heard about a whale ensnared in several crab pot lines, he and a team of divers jumped into the chilly waters and eventually set it free. But instead of swimming away, the whale encircled the divers and swam close by each one, stopping, Jason says, as if to say thank you.
Nicole Anderson Cobb is an African American history professor, born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Her family and friends are die-hard Obama fans, supporting the President come hell or high water, dissent or disapproval out of the question. Nicole has wrestled with her own opinions, and as an emerging playwright, turned them into a one woman show.
Even before the economy started to slide, Adrian Moreno was engaged in an experiment to get by on much less. He moved his family to a vacant lot on the far outskirts of San Diego within earshot of the Mexican border. At first, they lived in a tepee. When that didn't work out, Adrian built a house on the property for about $10,000. Also in this episode, another in our series of listener stories about when politics became personal.
HIV/AIDS is spreading across the American South, and African American women are one of the groups most vulnerable to getting infected. DeVondia Roseborough is HIV-positive and speaking frankly with young women in her community—including her own teenage daughters—about what they should do to avoid HIV. Also on the show: one man's quest to unlearn the homophobic lessons he picked up as a child.
Over the past 10 years, the number of inmates across the US who are over 50 years of age has skyrocketed. Dick Gordon traveled to McCain Correctional Hospital in Raeford, NC, to speak with several of the aging inmates. The four men he interviewed have a variety of ideas about what should happen to them in "the system" as they age. Also on the show: post-election violence in Kenya.
Late last night, Presbyterian leaders voted to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained as ministers. We speak with Murray Richmond who was a Presbyterian pastor for years and followed the official church line regarding homosexuality - it was against the teachings of the Bible and wrong. When he met some gay Christians, Murray began to change his mind.
It was the distinctive fuzzy-collared coat that gave her away. That... and the sparkly Gucci sunglasses. For months, Karen Lodrick had been looking at the coat and glasses in an ATM photo while the woman wearing them was looting Karen's bank accounts. So when she actually saw the woman standing in a Starbucks line, she gave chase. Also on the show: turning the family home into a community of anarchists.