92-year old harpist Mary Bartlett brings her instrument to the studio. She's been playing since she was a girl, growing up during the Depression, and has shared the stage with Diana Ross and The Supremes, Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson.
One of the last things Victor Anderson's older brother Ron did before he was killed in World War II was write to Victor, then 17. He asked that Vic write to an 11-year-old Jewish girl named Marianne Baum whom he had met while visiting her parents in Tel Aviv. Victor and Marianne stayed pen pals for 12 years before they finally met, and eventually fell in love. Also on the show: after 30 years of segregated class reunions, black and white alums hold a reunion together.
Okay, the holidays are over. Is your tree still up? Karen Warner loves Christmas. She remembers one year when she had an especially beautiful tree that sat in the bay window of her fabulous San Francisco apartment. Karen loved it so much, that she left it up too long - well into April. Embarrassed by what her landlords would think, and scared that they might not like the fire hazard aspect, Karen came up with an innovative plan to discard her Christmas tree.
Four years ago a tornado tore into Greensburg, Kansas, flattening the town. Greensburg is now back, stronger and greener, but the more private story is that it’s a lot harder to bounce back when the people you love are gone. Dick Gordon speaks with two residents of the town, Bob Dixson and Norm Volz, about how to rebuild when all seems lost. Also in this episode, a musical memory from Nanci Griffith, plus Delsie Bailey shares the story of her daughter Faith.
In May, Lindaleigh Irvin-Portner came on the program to tell her story. She became pregnant as a teenager and her mother sent her to a home for "wayward girls" to deliver her baby, Monique. Soon after, the baby was taken away. Lindaleigh says it was not her intention to give her daughter up for adoption, and she has never stopped looking for her. A listener to The Story heard Lindaleigh on the radio, and there’s been an intriguing development.
In America, nursing homes are in high demand - there are only 17,000 slots for the 1.6 million seniors who can no longer live on their own. Overcrowding is common. Patients often talk of insensitive staff. Staff, on the other hand, talk of low pay and high stress.
But Cordelia Taylor has found a way to offer care to seniors that is like being home.
Deon Joseph never wanted to be a cop, but when things weren't working out at the family business, he had to look for a new job - and the first returned call he got was from the L.A.P.D. He figured he'd work in an easy part of the city, but he ended up in one of the most famously bad neighborhoods in the country: Skid Row.