In 2002, Charles Hickman was the only African-American working at an oil industry pipe coatings company in Conroe, Texas. He endured severe racial harassment and passed a hanging noose in the warehouse for several days. Days later a white coworker strangled him with a noose in the restroom. Also on the show: a woman goes to Togo to help with fisheries, but ends up building a library.
Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report this week. It looks back over decades of economic unrest and war that led to thousands of deaths and countless displaced Liberians. Emmanuel Dolo was a young boy in Monrovia when the Liberian civil war separated him from his family. He later learned his father was killed in the violence. After he watched a woman die in the street, Emmanuel vowed that when he grew up, he'd find a way to help people.
Alex Hanna is a University of Wisconsin Ph.D. student and teaching assistant right at the center of protests against the education cuts in occurring in the state - he’s even sleeping at the state capitol. While he doesn’t buy the argument that the action is similar to what’s sweeping across the Middle East, he does see a couple of parallels, and he’s a good one to judge: he was also a part of the protests in Egypt.Also in this episode: working at the very first Borders bookstore. And: and update with the owners of the Harry W. Schwartz bookshops.
Teachers and principals are also feeling the effects of a budget pinch. We first spoke with Joyce Irvine back in September. She was the principal who had to give up her job under new federal guidelines for her school to qualify for federal funding. We checked in to see what's happened since.
Mike Bettes, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, arrived in Joplin, Missouri minutes after a devastating tornado hit. Mike began to broadcast live, and in between breaks he checked overturned cars for survivors and surveyed the damage.
Amy Braun loved her job teaching at an historic two-room schoolhouse in Vermont. She says the 209-year-old school was an ideal learning environment for her 8 students. But the town voted to close the school.