Beth Finke wrote in to say that due to this recession, for the first time, she is the main breadwinner in her family. Beth has had lots of different jobs, but none were on the fast track. She went blind in her twenties and since then she has had to rely, more than she ever expected to, on her husband, Mike.
The former Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic is now at the International Criminal Tribunal, preparing to be tried on war crimes charges. Like Slobodan Milosevic before him, Karadzic plans to defend himself.
At the time of Milosevic's trial, attorney Steven Kay was appointed to the former leader's defense team.
Darlene Fike was born David. Darlene's father beat her as a child whenever he thought she behaved like a girl. Janet Babin talks to Darlene about a lifetime of denial, and finally acceptance after her gender reassignment surgery.
Brian Manning has been listening to our series of stories about people whose lives are contradictory in some way. Brian wrote in to tell us that by day he is a college student studying theater - by night he is a men's room attendant, offering soap and cologne for tips.
Lesley Bevan left her home in Chicago to live as an exchange student in the Netherlands. Lesley was very excited about this journey. But she became bored and lonely. Then one day she met an elderly man who showed her some sights in a nearby town. Pierre Pyttee became a surrogate grandpa. Years later, Lesley had a chance to repay Pierre's kindness.
Mitch Berns faced a moment air travelers know only too well. When he checked the status of his flight home from a blissful vacation with his wife, he found that his airline had rebooked him because of bad weather. On any other trip home, he might have shrugged and put up with the red-eye and the extra layover. But this not time.
Reality programs were all the rage back when TV was in its infancy. Just ask JoAnne Rushton and Debra Cotich. In 1957 their mother, Evelyn Stuart, starred in one the biggest hits of all time - Queen for a Day. Also on the show: a waiter talks about serving people, at their best and their worst.
Hector Verdugo spent his childhood in Ramona Gardens, a part of East Los Angeles that is known as a rough place to grow up. One day he punched his brother in the face and left home for good. Hector soon fell in with the guys from his neighborhood, almost all of whom were gang members. Hector rose quickly as a drug dealer - he had lots of money and he spent it on stereos and low riding cars. But one day he decided he wanted out. Hector defied all odds and made it out of street life. At age 30, he earned his GED through an organization called Homeboy Industries.