Afghan-Swiss Photographer Zalmai left Afghanistan but often returns to photograph and more recently has been training his lens on Afghan refugees in Greece. He finds Afghans in extreme situation; poor and mistreated as immigrants.
In a series of jailhouse interviews, Leonardo Notarbartolo told journalist Joshua Davis how he organized a five-person crew to pull off the world’s biggest diamond robbery – and how his escape was undone by a half-eaten salami sandwich.
Dick Gordon speaks with WUNC's Morning Edition host Eric Hodge about the end of The Story and his future plans.The final new episode of the show airs Friday, October 11, on WUNC/North Carolina Public Radio. We will continue airing past favorites for several weeeks in many markets around the country.
This week, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit demanding that the Department of Interior do more to protect endangered sea turtles from the effects of oil drilling off the Gulf Coast. David Godfrey is not waiting for the outcome of that litigation. He’s a native of Florida, a conservationist, and one of the many people fighting to save sea turtles from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also, if you saw the Pixar movie 'Up,' you probably thought nobody can really fly with balloons. Well, you can.
Dr. Andrew Johnstone also sees the need for reform, but he thinks the best solution is the free market. He says he's practically broke because insurance companies are dictating what he can charge, what drugs he can prescribe, and what tests he should run.
Holly Bryant was stranded at the airport in Mumbai, India when the ash from Iceland's volcano grounded hundreds of international flights. At first, Holly couldn't believe her bad luck. But then she turned her unexpected week in Mumbai into a magical adventure.
One alarming note in all the bloody upheaval happening in eastern Congo is that rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has made his overarching political ambitions clear: he would like to overthrow Congo's present government and assume control of the country itself - even if that means marching on Kinshasa, thousands of miles to the west. Kambale Musavuli was a teenager when rebels overtook Kinshasa in 1996. He tells Dick Gordon about how the fear he felt then is still with him, as he watches what's happening now.
In 1992, Donna Shalala was picked by President Clinton to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Christine Todd Whitman was chosen by President George W. Bush to head the EPA in 2001. The two women talk with Dick about the intense vetting and preparation that goes on prior to the hearing, and what it's like to answer questions in that intense media and political spotlight.
Alan Dappen is a general practice physician who no longer accepts health insurance. But he is available to his patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone. He says this innovation greatly reduces expenses for both him and his patients. Also in this episode, remember the movie "Born on the 4th of July" - the scene where Tom Cruise's character, Ron Kovic, was going to speak at the Democratic convention in 1976?In fact, at that convention the real Ron Kovic did speak publicly - he nominated an indicted draft evader to become Vice President. That man was Fritz Efaw.
The Fed's recent rescue of Bear Stearns is reminiscent of another near-meltdown of a huge Wall Street firm - Salomon Brothers, back in 1991. The company faced criminal indictment and imminent bankruptcy because of a scandal involving false and illegal bids to buy government bonds. That's when Bob Denham stepped in. Bob worked closely with the executive team to save the firm. Also in this episode: Guy Sansone is often hired as a "Chief Restructuring Officer" by companies facing financial problems.And: Bob Gensburg is a lawyer in rural Vermont who represents a Guantanamo detainee, Abdul Zahir