We meet a first-term Congressmen who has come to politics from another profession. Republican Markwayne Mullin owns a plumbing business in Oklahoma's Second District, and feels his voice can cut through the chatter on Capitol Hill.
Thousands of Zimbabweans continue to pour across border in search of food, medicine, and safety in South Africa. But over the last few weeks, many of them have become targets in anti-immigrant violence.
Jonathan Nkala is one Zimbabwean who made the difficult journey. Also in the show:
Last week, the Bancroft family voted to sell Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. When she heard the news, Nancy Block could relate. She's in the 4th generation of a family that has owned newspapers since the 1920s. Her family owns the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Also in this episode: a man who worked opn the booster rockets for the Challenger space shuttle reflects on that disaster.
We first met Yolette Etienne a year ago. She is a country director for Oxfam in Haiti. She lost her mother, her home and many friends in the aftermath of the quake. And she took in two orphans. Yolette tells Dick what makes her smile these days are the simplest things.
When Camden New Jersey laid off one third of its fire fighters - 60 in total - Lydia Chapman was one of the ones who had to turn in her equipment. Lydia was one of the few women there. Dick speaks with Lydia about the cost of social cuts.
"Ahmad" is a young doctor just starting his residency in Washington, D.C. But a few weeks ago, he was with his family in Syria. He participated in the protests that took place in his city, and he was arrested by the secret police. He's not using his real name for his family's safety.
When a quarter million people marched on Washington in 1963, the city shut down, and police and military were on guard in case of rioting. Fifty years later, a minister, a photographer, a ranger, and a student turned activist remember it as one of the greatest moments of their lives.
In 1993, Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky had just been elected to Congress. She was a Democrat from a mostly-Republican district near Philadelphia. After receiving a personal phone call from Clinton, she cast the deciding vote in favor of his controversial budget. She was not re-elected.