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.
We check back in with Nita Gerik of West, Texas. Dick Gordon spoke with her in April, after an explosion in a fertilizer factory killed fourteen people, including eleven volunteer firefighters. Nita Gerik's husband was fire department chief for 25 years.
Students at San Jose State University started a campaign to raise the city's minimum wage, and successfully persuaded the city to impose a 25% minimum wage increase, from $8 to $10. Student Elisha St. Laurent tells Dick Gordon she's spent years struggling to support herself on a minimum wage salary.
All this week, more of our most popular episodes from our eight-year history. Mohammed El Kurd grew up in the East Jerusalem house where his family has lived for more than 50 years. In 2009, a group of Israeli settlers moved into a building on the property, claiming it as their own.
Zed Chang is trying to figure out how his American dream got derailed. He moved to the U.S. from China in hopes of securing a bright future. Zed says he eventually realized his dream when he was offered a good job as an engineer at a major high tech company. Zed was there 9 years, but was laid off this summer.
When Kent Annan heard about the earthquake in Haiti, he immediately began making plans to go there. As co-director of the organization Haiti Partners, he’s invested years in improving education there. Kent talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw once he landed on the ground. In just one overnight trip, Kent managed to see and interview some of his closest friends and contacts.
Last year's immigration raid at Howard Industries in Mississippi remains the largest such raid in American history. Flor was among those picked up at the plant that day. She's now wearing an ankle bracelet that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to monitor her movement while she awaits a hearing that could lead to her deportation.
Terri Thompson was embarrassed as a child when her mother dragged her to thrift stores to try on clothes. She still remembers going to school in one particularly hideous outfit: a secondhand skirt altered to make bell bottoms. But as an adult, Terri soon realized she liked shopping in thrift stores. She could find everything she wanted - at affordable prices that often go to support charities.
U.S. naval ships carrying aid for displaced Georgians continue to avoid ports where Russian troops are operating. The leader of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia is speaking out about the violence in hopes of attracting more humanitarian aid. Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili is based in the UK, but traveled back to his homeland to see the tensions and devastation firsthand. Also in this episode, the Democratic National Convention ends today, but not without a few comparisons made between Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy.Thaine Allison remembers the DNC when John F. Kennedy was the star. It was the summer of 1960.