Phoebe Judge talks with Gabriel Arana about growing up gay and his parents’ attempts to "cure" him by sending him to therapy. Gabriel tries to explore giving up being gay, but fails and this sends him into despair, which he wrote about in the American Prospect.
Birgit Lindemann grew up behind the Berlin Wall. Her uncle would cross the border from West Germany, risking detection by the Stasi, in order to see Birgit's grandmother in the East. Birgit remembers sneaking to her grandmother's house to see her uncle and to take in the smells of cologne and chocolate - things that could not be bought easily in the East. Also in this show: Lessons From Retail
During the Vietnam War, many U.S. servicemen found themselves involved with Vietnamese women. Jerry White signed up for the Army, and was eventually stationed in a village outside of Saigon. His first day there the platoon leader warned him about a beautiful girl named Tuyet who was collaborating with the Viet Cong.
Ann Nicholson lives in Florida, where she says she struggled to afford health insurance for her 12-year-old son, Tyler. Ann says Florida's limited KidCare Medicaid system gave her no option but to send Tyler to live with relatives in Georgia, where she found more affordable medical care for his blood disorder. Also on the show: teaching art in a communist system where students prize similarity.
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.