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.
Bob Stewart, whose arcade on the Jersey Shore was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last fall, had just re-opened his business when a massive fire tore through the board walk, burning everything he had rebuilt.
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says the number of children living in poverty in America has hit a new high water mark. Nearly one in five kids now live in poverty. That’s a million more than before the start of the great recession. Five years ago, Diane Nilan sold her home and hit the road in a R.V. armed with a video camera to capture the lives of homeless children. Also in the show, the soul of water.
Heather and Greg Mroz can certainly appreciate the health care debate. The two have been insured and uninsured at different times in their lives. Earlier this year Greg was laid off. Knowing Heather was pregnant with twins, he arranged to continue their coverage with the same provider. They paid insurance premiums directly to the company. The insurer took the money, but after the delivery, they refused to pay the claim. And it is a lot of money: more than $450,000.
The Department of Homeland Security has plans to put the U.S./Mexico border fence right through Eloisa Tamez' land in Texas. Eloisa's three-acre property is the last remnant of a large land grant given to her family by the king of Spain in the 18th century. Eloisa has always been a woman who is not afraid to take a stand. But she now faces one of the most daunting challenges of her life. Also, a listener's reaction to a recent episode.
Up until just a couple of months ago, Albert Becerril thought of Warrenville, Illinois as his hometown. It's where he grew up, where he went to school, where his friends are. And it's where he was on the day when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers came to arrest him, and send him to Mexico. Albert's one of these kids who was carried across the border as a baby.
The ACLU says there are over 900,000 names on the government's centralized terror watch list, though TSA says the number is much less. James K. Robinson is on that list - and at least two men have been routinely stopped because of it. Also in this episode, the few schools that teach adults to ride bicycles are experiencing record enrollment. Many students say rising gas prices are a main motivation.Arun Mukerjee, a physician in Cambridge, Mass., recently graduated from a bike riding school. And, back in 1962 when the space race was on, Georg Deutsch approached Steven Schwarcz in the lunch line at junior high and asked, "Do you want to start a rocket society?" That encounter started a relationship that would last for decades, span several rocket experiments, and see their launching of the first non-governmental satellite.
As floods continue to hit the Midwest, Dick Gordon talks to a woman who's lived through four deluges: 1992, 2000, 2007, and now. Laura Negronida moved to Gays Mills, WS, sixteen years ago to get back to the land. Also in this episode, suspicious spouses use them. So do skeptical insurance companies. And now celebrities facing criminal charges like artist R. Kelly are using private investigators as well -- to sift through their accusers' stories. Steve Wilson is a P.I. who works with defense attorneys.
Tensions are mounting in Zimbabwe as people continue to wait for the government to release the results of last month's presidential election. Dewa Mavhinga visited his family in Harare just before the vote. His mother—who had never voted before—became so fed up with the lack of medicine and food that even she decided to vote. But when President Robert Mugabe withheld the results, things only got worse: more deprivation, more suffering, and more refugees leaving Zimbabwe. Dick Gordon talks with Dewa about what he saw on his last visit home, and how his friends and family are faring in this moment of instability. Also in this episode, meeting Jackie Robinson.