Paula Rebsom's family owns land in the North Dakota badlands. The old house on that land fell into disrepair and her parents decided to burn it. After that, Paula, an artist, rebuilt it. See a video of the house burning and the new structure here.
When Ed Page found himself on the streets one cold night in Portland, Maine, the city had few services for the homeless. He found his way to an air vent, and spent the night there trying to keep warm. That was 20 years ago. Recently, Ed move into his own apartment.
During the Great Depression, Mary Immel lived in a small desert town in northern Arizona. In the center of her town was a railroad station with a restaurant called La Posada. With a penny in hand, five-year-old Mary would walk over to the station on a hot summer afternoon, towards the gumball machine, but get lost in the cool beauty of the building’s hacienda and its magnificent green gardens. She returned, years later, to see what had become of the secret garden of her childhood.
Bill Shipley had a distinguished career as an officer in the Coast Guard. His son, Adam Shipley, was going to follow in his father's footsteps and join the Navy. When Adam told his father that he thought gays should not be in the military, his father revealed for the first time that he was gay. Bill wanted to protect his son from living his life in the closet. Not long after, Adam came out as gay, and gave up his plans to join the military and marry a woman.
Nicole Rowe was 40 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same disease that killed her grandmother. Before going in for double mastectomy, she played in a poker tournament, and won… She was also given a lucky wig. She’s beaten the cancer for now, and is passing along the wig to another cancer patient.
The new film Miral is generating all kinds of controversy – as most films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict do. The movie is based on the novel written by Rula Jebreal, inspired by her own life. Rula got caught up in the first intifada, a time when Palestinian children were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. Rula was arrested and friends of hers were killed. Rula tells Dick Gordon how she escaped the violence and became an advocate for peace. Also in this episode, Ignacio Varchausky is a musician from Buenos Aires.
Arlie Sholes remembers when the battle between farmers and the government over resources came to a boil. During the Midwest Farming Crisis of the 1980s, he was forced to sell everything and get another job. Arlie's day job led him back to the farm, but this time as a Rural Farm Crisis Hotline Responder. He talks with Dick Gordon about how his own experiences as a farmer prepared him to help other farmers who were going through a tough time. All these years later, he's still answering the phone.