Phoebe Judge talks to Jacob Tomsky, who's held every possible job in the hotel industry. In his new book, Heads in Beds, he offers tips on how to get a better room, how to tip, and how to avoid the bellhop.
One year ago today, trucker Robert Leffer was in his big rig carrying cargo down Interstate 40 in North Carolina. In the late evening darkness Robert suddenly saw a disabled car, with no lights on, right in front of him. Robert's truck careened off the road into a fiery crash that left Robert severely burned. Robert talks with Dick about his remarkable recovery, and the cherished moments with his toddler son that give him hope.
Larry Gibson and Dennis Golay are in their 60s. They've been together for 27 years, and both have felt the side effects from their HIV medications. Despite their wavering health, Larry and Dennis have outlived 60 of their closest friends. They talk with Dick Gordon about how they maintain their optimism - and how a pact they made two decades ago keeps them moving forward.
While living in D.C., Marc Hoecker's 1985 Pontiac Parisienne was stolen from a parking spot. Marc's anger spurred him to action and the beginning of a four-day adventure, involving stakeouts, car chases and ultimately lots of cops.
Dan Hass was facing his 40th birthday, taking stock, when he began to see how deeply he and his wife Mary were stuck in debt. Trying to work out a budget was a strain their marriage couldn't bear: they got divorced. Dan spent 18 months living by himself in an apartment. He did nothing other than pay down the debt. As Dan and Mary tell Dick Gordon, it was a fateful meeting with a priest that brought the couple together again, with a different working model for dealing with their finances. Also in this episode: what is a woman named Katie Chung "supposed" to look like?
Liz Kite's house got struck by lightning. Not once, not twice, but three times. And then, a car (without a driver!) rammed through her living room window. Liz was not a believer in the great beyond, but something about these accidents made her start thinking that her dad, who passed away a few weeks before the first lightning strike, had something to do with them.
Musician David Bass was born with heart problems and later required a heart transplant to save his life. But he was turned down by his doctor for care because he lacked health insurance. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he navigated the Medicaid system to get on the transplant waiting list. Also in this episode, another in our series of listener stories about when politics becomes personal. today, a hotel cook demands overtime.
Timothy Quill is a doctor who specializes in care for people at the end of life. In his work, he asks dying people to tell him their stories, and he lets their life experiences help shape his treatment. It's a method he learned early in his career, and one he used when it came time to help his own father die. Also in this episode: the photographer Cornel Hunter.
When Angela Angelle became homeless in October of 1996, she had 7 children and she was pregnant with twins. A children's services worker found them all living together in a trailer with no electricity - and Angela faced the possibility of losing custody. Guest host Aaron Henkin talks with Angela s now a homeowner, and the director of the New Life Center - the homeless shelter that once took her family in. Also in this eoisode: listener Ken Hyatt shares his story, about a lost and found Bible.