Knife maker Joel Bukiewicz talks about finding an old grinder in his parents’ barn and trying to make a knife. It was the first of many. He describes shaping the steel and making close to a dozen knives every month for his shop Cut Brooklyn.
Malcolm Brady, former assistant director of the ATF, tells host Dick Gordon about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and how they dug into the rubble to get the frame of the van that carried the explosives - and identify who put it there.
Frank Bender was a forensic sculptor who stumbled into his calling. He was able to see the faces of missing people and homicide victims with few clues. Frank passed away last week. Producer Peter Clowney visited him in his Philadelphia studio some years ago, and we are re-airing this profile.
This summer Kirsten Arianejad discovered the real cost of blowing the whistle. She lost her job. Kirsten worked for Compass Airlines, a regional carrier. Kirsten loved the job and the travel, but she says the pay structure is set up in such a way that she was earning about $17,000 a year for full-time work, so little that she qualified for food stamps. also: photographer Ernesto Bazan and his book "Bazan Cuba".
Today we begin a special series looking at the financial crisis through the eyes of people who've been there. Joe Rusnak helped found a bank in a small town in Ohio. As he tells host Dick Gordon, it was his baby -- until a financial storm hit: the network of banks to which Joe's bank belonged got caught up in a fraud scandal.Also in this episode: The story of former bank executive Jim Shaw is the mirror image of Joe Rusnak's. Jim remembers when he was called into a secret meeting and told to pack his bags, hit the road, and take over a bank that had just gone belly up.