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.
Today on the program, two guys who once banked their future on the music biz ... and have now been forced to move on. Dave Rhea played bass in the band Vonray. His brush with fame included a lucrative record deal and music placement on a popular TV show. But the emergence of the Internet made the record company financial model unprofitable, and Dave's contract was dropped. But he has now made a new career out of the very thing he says killed his music - the Internet. Derek Tenbusch had a dream job in the music business. He worked in marketing for EMI. When he got laid off last year, he knew he had to make a complete career change - music industry jobs like his just don't exist anymore. Derek decided to try to make a living doing something else he loves: playing online poker.
Singer/Songwriter Paul Thorn grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi heavily influenced by his father's Pentecostal church. He lived a restricted lifestyle until his long lost uncle returned to their hometown and shared his experience of being a pimp. Paul shares how the influence of their lifestyles altered his path in life.
Dick Gordon speaks with a master ship salvager based in Alaska. Dan Magone has sent his crews to ships that have run aground and listed. He describes using climbing rope to board the ships. At other times, he is in scuba gear diving under a ship.
As investigators try to determine what happened to the nineteen firefighters who died near Yarnell, Arizona, we remember the Mann Gulch canyon wall fire of 1949. Smokejumper Bob Sallee is now the lone survivor of that fire, which burned 4,500 acres in Montana.
This is a time of year when casual Catholics are drawn back to the church to participate in the pageantry and the music of the Christmas season. Father Steven Gamez will be leading his parishioners in San Antonio, Texas. Father Steven is featured in a new film about young religious leaders from a number of faiths. Also: taking chances with the Nutcracker.
Boxing announcer Marc Lichtenfeld balances his day job in finance with his night job in the ring. Also in his episode, Mike Sacks has spent many nights on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court in order to be first in line to hear the Court’s oral arguments.
Sammi DeAngelis has been a waitress for over 40 years. These days you'll find Sammi at the Omega Diner in North Brunswick, New Jersey. It is a classic Jersey diner, about 45 minutes from New York City. Sammi is one of the waitresses featured in a new book called Counter Culture that celebrates the work of America's coffee shop waitresses.