Dicks checks in with photographer Issa Touma, an regular guest from Aleppo, Syria, about the ongoing violence in his city, and his attempt to continue making art. See some of his public art projects here.
Lieutenant Carl Baumgaertner fought in the Second World War along the Saar River in Germany. Like many veterans, he tucked his war memories in a footlocker and never spoke of them. Fifty years later, a series of email exchanges with his son Jim sparked a detailed conversation and a trip to Germany. Also, a film that honors service in the Korean War.
Archeologist Brian Rose is also just back from Iraq. He's spent the last few years training American military personnel about the antiquities they'll encounter and the fragile historical sites they might be protecting - but until this recent trip, Brian had never seen these things himself.
Steve Barry has a story of survival and gratitude for the American troops who liberated him during World War II. Steve is Jewish and was sent from Hungary to the notorious Bergen-Belsen camp. He soon was loaded, along with 2,500 other starving Jews, on a train. The train became stranded in the middle of fierce fighting. Steve will never forget the day he saw the first tank stop to help. The unit of soldiers included American Carroll Walsh.
Al-banan grew up in the town of Nyala in southern Darfur. After teaching himself English from CNN and BBC Radio, he got a computer degree in Khartoum in 2002. By the end of that year he was working as a translator for an aid organization and coming face-to-face with the horrors of the genocide. Also on the show: walking while working.
Yossi Klein Halevi is an Israeli writer and reconciliation activist. He's also the father of an Israeli soldier who served in the recent offensive. For many years, Yossi felt optimistic a peaceful solution could be found, but in the last few years, his views have taken a turn.
Ahmed Abdullah was Dick Gordon's translator and fixer when Dick went to Baghdad in 2003. Shortly after The Story was created, Ahmed began sending the program audio diaries, which chronicle his life and the lives of ordinary Iraqis he knows. Ahmed's Diaries were just awarded a gold medal at the New York Festival of Radio Broadcasting. Today, we present some excerpts from a year's worth of his diaries - and Dick checks in with Ahmed to find out how he is doing.