Dan Hass was facing his 40th birthday, taking stock, when he began to see how deeply he and his wife Mary were stuck in debt. Trying to work out a budget was a strain their marriage couldn't bear: they got divorced. Dan spent 18 months living by himself in an apartment. He did nothing other than pay down the debt. As Dan and Mary tell Dick Gordon, it was a fateful meeting with a priest that brought the couple together again, with a different working model for dealing with their finances. Also in this episode: what is a woman named Katie Chung "supposed" to look like?
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 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.
Musician David Bass was born with heart problems and later required a heart transplant to save his life. But he was turned down by his doctor for care because he lacked health insurance. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he navigated the Medicaid system to get on the transplant waiting list. Also in this episode, another in our series of listener stories about when politics becomes personal. today, a hotel cook demands overtime.
Dave and Carrie found themselves laid off. At the time, gold was fetching over $1,000 an ounce. So they moved out to a remote canyon in northern California and started life anew - as gold miners. Also in this episode: attempting to sell your vote.
My-The Van Pham decided to ride out Hurricane Katrina on the family shrimp boat, and she was lucky to survive. Then she had to bolster her courage once more and ask for help, something totally alien to her character. Also on the show: a man makes the biggest mistake on day one of his dream job.
Timothy Quill is a doctor who specializes in care for people at the end of life. In his work, he asks dying people to tell him their stories, and he lets their life experiences help shape his treatment. It's a method he learned early in his career, and one he used when it came time to help his own father die. Also in this episode: the photographer Cornel Hunter.
The economic crisis has most states facing tough decisions about cuts in services. Florida is among several states that have opted to cut funds from the public defender system, which provides lawyers to poor people charged with crimes. Arthur Jones was a public defender in the Miami-Dade County court system. When Florida slashed the budget, Arthur barely had time to meet some of his clients, let alone spend time at home with his two children.
When Angela Angelle became homeless in October of 1996, she had 7 children and she was pregnant with twins. A children's services worker found them all living together in a trailer with no electricity - and Angela faced the possibility of losing custody. Guest host Aaron Henkin talks with Angela s now a homeowner, and the director of the New Life Center - the homeless shelter that once took her family in. Also in this eoisode: listener Ken Hyatt shares his story, about a lost and found Bible.
When Stephen Barrett was a child, he wasn't able to walk more than a few paces, and only then with the help of a railing - or his brother. Then in his late 20s, Stephen took a prescription drug for another health issue. A week later he felt the urge to stretch his legs. He started walking, and he hasn't needed the wheelchair since. Also on the show: suing the telemarketers.