Dick speaks with Yang Li, who was born and raised in China. As soon as he got his citizenship in the U.S., he bought a gun. He considers it a tool that defends against tyranny, and he has joined gun rights groups and spoken at rallies.
Guest Host Sean Cole speaks with Cryn Johannsen, who is an activist on student debt issues. She threw out a question in her blog about whether anyone had suicidal feelings, and was alarmed at how many people wrote saying they did.
Yassin Alsalman is a Canadian musician and filmmaker. Because he has an Arab name and family that’s originally from Iraq, he often has trouble crossing the border into the U.S.Also: Dick Smith IS 95 years old. His friend, the pianist Elizabeth Borowsky, recently arranged the first public performance of a song he'd composed in the 30's.
It’s been nine years this weekend since two passenger jets were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center towers. Those attacks changed this country profoundly, and they continue to have a direct and dramatic effect on the people who worked on site in the aftermath. When Brooklyn firefighter Steve Mormino arrived in lower Manhattan just after midnight on 9/11, he expected devastation. But what struck him most was the silence. For the next four months, Steve worked constantly at Ground Zero. Years later he found out that his lungs had been permanently damaged from the particles in the air. Also, contributor Krista Bremer.
Greg Morelli is the co-owner (with his brother) of Joey's Brickhouse, a successful restaurant in Chicago. Dick Gordon listens in as Greg and two of his managers, Lori Coleman and Johnny Ferguson, joke about the risks, wrestle with the costs, and try to figure out how they can make health insurance work at the Brickhouse.