There are still more than a million and a half people living in tents and under tarps in Haiti. Many of the tarps have been out in the sun for months … so they're starting to fall apart. Now that it's the rainy season, they leak. Sandra Amilcar says all she can do us is gather her two kids under a corner of the tarp and try to stay dry.
Barbara Wolfrom was a tomboy growing up, but her grandmother always wanted her to compete in pageants and be a girly girl. Barbara tried out to be the model for Sunbeam Bread when she was 5 years old. She was on the verge of getting the gig when the bread crumbled in her hand and she lost the contest. Almost 60 years later, when she faced her fears and competed in a beauty pageant for seniors.
The tax deadline was yesterday. Clark Williams and his partner Jim always file their taxes, but this tax year they were presented with a challenge. They are a married, same-sex couple, so in California they file a joint return. But they had to file as singles for the federal return.
Mel Miskimen has been listening to our series about summer jobs and how they can change us. Mel just knew she had to tell us about her job as a "toe checker" at the local pool after graduating from high school.
Matt Kiley has heard our call for “Your Story” and he wrote in to tell us the story he will never forget. It all began with an art show. Matt and his wife were scheduled to participate in a big event, the kind of event where they expected to net a big chunk of their yearly income. But the show changed venues, and Matt didn’t make much money. That night, for some reason, he went to the track. And then he got a hot tip. And then he began to win. But Matt’s story doesn’t stop there.
Earl Echard also remembers segregation. He grew up having to sit on hard, straight chairs in the back of the doctor's office as a kid - only white people could sit in the waiting room. Earl grew up to become a physician assistant, and has chosen to spend his career working in low income housing areas and prisons.
Moez Masoud is the host of TV shows in English and Arabic that focus on Islam. It's an unlikely career choice for a young man who never had much interest in religion. Also in this episode, Ahmed Abdullah is back with his latest audio diary.