We meet a first-term Congressmen who has come to politics from another profession. Dr. Raul Ruiz is an ER physician who grew up in a migrant community in California's Coachella Valley. He's eager to join the Democrats on Capitol Hill.
One of the main worries in Haiti now is health and sanitation. One agency that works directly on those issues is Oxfam. Yolette Etienne is Haiti's country director for Oxfam. She has been working long hours just to make the places around the tents clean. At the same time Yolette is dealing with her own tragedies. Her mother was killed, her house was destroyed, and now she's responsible for two orphans. Yolette joins Dick Gordon to talk about the realities of living and working in Haiti after the quake.
Donn Young made a life as a successful photographer in New Orleans. He nearly lost all of his work when Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago. More than 1.5 million images were under 10 feet of water.
Today we begin a special series looking at the financial crisis through the eyes of people who've been there. Joe Rusnak helped found a bank in a small town in Ohio. As he tells host Dick Gordon, it was his baby -- until a financial storm hit: the network of banks to which Joe's bank belonged got caught up in a fraud scandal.Also in this episode: The story of former bank executive Jim Shaw is the mirror image of Joe Rusnak's. Jim remembers when he was called into a secret meeting and told to pack his bags, hit the road, and take over a bank that had just gone belly up.
Mubin Shaikh spent two years as an intelligence service mole inside an Islamist cell which was allegedly plotting to blow up Canada's Parliament buildings and behead the Prime Minister. Mubin lost his standing within the Muslim community for his role, and became a controversial figure when it was revealed that he was paid $300,000 for his services. Mubin tells host Dick Gordon that despite everything, he would do it again as a matter of both principle and faith.
For 9 years Audrey Serrano thought she was HIV positive. Audrey took an anonymous HIV test at a clinic after her boyfriend reluctantly revealed he had HIV. Her test came back positive, and she underwent years of grueling medical treatments and lost custody of her daughter. Eventually Audrey got herself retested and those results were negative. Also in this episode, Steve DeJoseph grew up listening to his Italian grandfather complaining about family back in the old country. His grandfather constantly said his Italian relatives were "no good" and that all they wanted was the money he sent them. Steve tried to convince his granddad to take a trip back home, but it never happened. Finally Steve went himself to meet the "no good" people his grandfather had talked about.
As part of its restructuring plan, Chrysler has cut 25 percent of its dealerships across the country. Two of those dealerships belong to Rick and Rob Engel. The brothers have been selling Chrysler cars in New Jersey for more than 20 years and remained profitable - even during the current economic downturn. So they were surprised to find out that not one, but both, of their businesses would close.
Ritsuko Robinson grew up in her family’s inn on the bay in Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She lives in the U.S. now, but she was planning to go back for an important family ceremony this April. Since the tsunami, though, she’s had only spotty contact with family members, and she’s sure the most cherished family possession - the inn - has been destroyed.
Dick Gordon speaks with Fawzia Suayah as she walks the streets of Libya and talks about her joy over the changes in her country. Dick also talks with Sherif El Magrabe, a Libyan teenager, who is thinking about what revolution means for his generation. Ismail Suayah, Fawzia’s brother and Sherif’s uncle, joins the conversation.
Jesus Lara entered his very first spelling bee last year because his best friend Sam told him it would be fun. This year, 13-year-old Jesus won his school spelling bee, then the regional event, and today he's at the nationals in Washington D.C.