Jonathan Menjivar shares an audio letter he sent home to his mother after he had moved away. He takes his microphone all over his new neighborhood and introduces her to people he knows - so she can hear his new life.
Hagan Myers works at a parking garage. One night, he was just about to clock out for the week when a pregnant woman and her husband realized they weren’t going to make it into the hospital before giving birth.
With the dramatic rise in foreclosures, some people have gotten creative with how they buy and sell their homes. Sherry Crosslin and Jerry Stussman took a novel route: They swapped houses. Also in this episode: a listener story of a false kidnapping.
Michael Atamas came to Baltimore as a young boy and didn't know a word of English. One of the things that made him feel a little less lost was playing chess with a teacher at his new school. Almost twenty years later Michael was a teacher himself in a Baltimore city school where he had a hard time connecting with his students. Then one day he was playing chess in the classroom and a student said "teach me how to play."
Not so long ago, the military was having trouble reaching its recruitment targets. The recession has changed that. Jorge Muela was working as a real estate appraiser in Florida when the housing crisis started to take a toll on his income. He looked for other work without a lot of luck and eventually realized he'd found his best option inside an Army recruiting office.
Jewish families all over the world are gathering together this week to celebrate the Jewish New Year. The holiday has extra meaning for Rebecca Schorr and her father Stephen Einstein. As far as they know, they're the first father-daughter duo working together as rabbis in the same synagogue. Also in this episode: a listener story about an accident with the actress Mercedes Ruehl.
Shaun Hudson just got out of prison after serving nearly 16 years for crack offenses. He has now landed a job, gotten a driver's license and is learning to be a dad to a 16-year-old daughter he'd seen only once. Also in this episode: a cold call from Ralph Nader.
Arizona restaurant owner Harjit Sodhi lost two brothers to hate crimes after September 11, 2001 - a time when many Sikhs were targeted. He says the justice and kindness in America convinced him to stay in the U.S. But now tougher immigration laws threaten his business. Also on the show: one family's unexpected confrontation with the police.
Cali was driving her mother's car on the highway when she had to swerve to avoid hitting a dog. She lost control of the car, crossed the median, and crashed into an oncoming car. The accident killed the driver of the other vehicle. Cali tells Dick how this event changed her life in ways she never expected. Also on the show: a resolution to ride.
Katie Chung never thought much about race while growing up in Burlington, N.C. But everything changed for her when she married her Korean boyfriend and decided to take his last name. Now she constantly has to explain herself to people who don't know what a woman named Katie Chung is "supposed" to look like.