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.
Orlando Boquete was put in prison for rape and sexual assault because of a mistaken eyewitness identification. He escaped from prison and was on the run for 10 years before being caught and re-imprisoned. 23 years after his conviction, he was exonerated after DNA evidence proved his innocence.
Jennifer Thompson was a college student when she was raped. During the attack Jennifer tried to memorize what the man looked like so she could identify him later. Jennifer wrongly identified Ronald Cotton, and he served 11 years before he was exonerated.
Jen Blood met a new guy and they had a lot in common, including a love of animals. Over the next year and a half, Jen discovered that her boyfriend was actually an animal hoarder. They were living in an abandoned elementary school in rural Kentucky, struggling to care for dozens of animals. Jen tells Dick Gordon about her growing realization that she’d become an unwitting participant in an animal hoarding operation, and what made her finally leave the situation. Also: kayak polo.
Selma Yablonick Constant graduated from the City College of New York in 1950. She'd planned to become a teacher. However, she was asked to leave the school of education because she walked with a cane. Selma had polio as a kid and was considered disabled. Also in this episode, poet Paul Guest.
Liz Kite's house got struck by lightning. Not once, not twice, but three times. And then, a car without a driver rammed through her living room picture window. Liz was not a believer in the great beyond, but something about these accidents made her start thinking that her dad, who passed away a few weeks before the first lightning strike, had something to do with them. Liz talks to Dick about how she got her home remodeled thanks to some very strange events.
The tax deadline was yesterday. Clark Williams and his partner Jim always file their taxes, but this tax year they were presented with a challenge. They are a married, same-sex couple, so in California they file a joint return. But they had to file as singles for the federal return.