Producer Phoebe Judge speaks with Alex Stone, who knows the back rooms of the magic scene in New York City. He learns tricks from old-timers and uses his knowledge of math and physics for his own card tricks. Alex is the author of Fooling Houdini.
When Margaret Sudekum was 16, she took a summer job caring for a woman with quadriplegia named Mrs. Blackburn. Margaret describes Mrs. Blackburn as a woman who ran the household and raised her children-and who just happened to lack the ability to move.
Deb Burgess operates what's thought to be the last pack station of its kind in the United States. Deb bought the business 4 years ago - and here's what she does: she saddles mules and donkeys and uses them to deliver goods to folks in the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California.
Terri Thompson was embarrassed as a child when her mother dragged her to thrift stores to try on clothes. She still remembers going to school in one particularly hideous outfit: a secondhand skirt altered to make bell bottoms. But as an adult, Terri soon realized she liked shopping in thrift stores. She could find everything she wanted - at affordable prices.
Pat Harris served in the first Gulf War and came home with classic signs of PTSD. She would crack the windows to find enemies and shop online to avoid the supermarket meat aisle. But while Pat was gone, her then 9-year-old daughter Patricia was going through trauma as well.
When Greg Barbera lost his job as managing editor of a newspaper, he began staying home with his kids, and by default he became a stay-at-home dad. Greg has had mixed experiences in his role as the primary caregiver of his two sons, ages 7 and 3. He sometimes feels excluded by women at the neighborhood park. But he also feels tremendous satisfaction in steering the family ship. Later on the show: sarcasm saves the day.
Today, Dick talks with Phil Pouls. Phil was a long-haul trucker for 25 years. From arriving to pick up produce that hadn't yet been picked, to cooking macrobiotically on the road, Phil knows what life on the road is like. In fact, he lived in his truck for 6 years.
More than 150 vultures mysteriously moved into a two-block radius of Shelby, N.C. Kristen Duren, the woman charged with running the birds out of town, says the best deterrent was to hang vulture effigies upside down.