Producer Phoebe Judge speaks with writer Marcia Aldrich about her exploration of a friend’s suicide, in her book Companion to an Untold Story. Step by step, in great detail, Marcia Aldrich describes her friend’s preparations for death.
When Ken Imhoff watched the movie "Cannonball Run" in 1985, there was one thing he couldn't get out of his mind: that Lamborghini. The self-professed car junkie and engineer couldn't afford to buy a Lamborghini, so he built one in the basement of his house in Wisconsin.
Claudia Becque was a good marathon runner who hadn't quite made it to highest level of competition. Then Claudia got a pink slip and she decided to make the best of unemployment, eventually qualifying for the U.S. Olympic trials. Also on the show: a Secret Service agent on protecting a presidential family.
We’ve had a number of stories of “encounters” with well-known characters. The encounter Elise Guyette wrote in to tell us about happened in South Africa. Elise was traveling with her husband and their 6-year-old daughter, Kathleen. The went to an event where a statue was being dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Bishop Desmond Tutu was there. So was Mandela. To everyone's surprise, Elise's daughter Kathleen joined the two great men on the stage.
While working for the U.N., Patrick McGrann observed that people need more than jobs and stability - they also need to have fun. He talks with Dick about where he got the idea to teach children in refugee camps to make kites. Patrick says the kites lift kids' spirits - and give them a way to earn some money.
TJ Leyden tells Dick Gordon that he joined the Marines in the late 1980s not to serve his country, but to aid the neo-Nazi movement. TJ was once a racist skinhead who tried to recruit other Marines into white supremacist organizations. He talks about how he eventually abandoned extremism, and how he now he travels the country teaching people about the dangers of hate groups. Also in this episode: teacher by day, exotic dancer by night.
Despite oocupational hazards like an explosion that blasted Garry Eiden 20 feet through the air, he loves working in the oil industry. But it was never something Garry wanted any of his children to do. Yet one of his sons, Tug, fell in love with the oil fields as a toddler. Also on the show: the beauty of a barn.
Margie Renteria is on the verge of losing her house. There are two causes - she signed a questionable mortgage (her payments have gone from $1400 to $2900 a month) and her oldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. In order to shuttle her daughter to doctor visits, she had to give up her steady job at Lowes. Also on the show: discovering haiku.
Adrian Moreno was engaged in an experiment to get by on much less. He moved his family to a vacant lot on the far outskirts of San Diego within earshot of the Mexican border. At first, they lived in a tepee. Then Adrian built a house on the property for about $10,000. Adrian talks with Dick about how he taught himself construction and the art of living lightly.
As you know, one story often leads to another on this program. Last week, Dick spoke with Nyagatare Valens and his mother, Anisie about what their family experienced during the Rwandan war. It turns out our interpreter for that interview, Josephine Mujawaamariya, has a story of her own.Also in this episode: the story of a riverkeeper.
Quick: Who were the first five presidents? What's your credit card number? Paul Mellor can tell you. Okay, he doesn't know your credit card number, but Paul can memorize dozens of digits in perfect order. He can memorize an entire deck of playing cards, too, in a matter of minutes. Also on the show: defying the stereotypes of dyslexia; and Halima Voyles' story of being touched by the generosity of someone less fortunate.