A story from the Blunt Youth Radio Project about the rules at Maine's Long Creek Youth Development Center, which include no note passing. The young people there hate the rule and share their thoughts with youth reporter Jacorey.
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.
As the recession turns the job market upside down, many people find themselves doing work they never expected to be doing. Peter Sayles worked on Wall Street. He was an assistant vice president for a big bank. When he got laid off, he retrained to be a math teacher under a special "Traders to Teachers" program. Also in the show: The recession forces the closure of the baseball field where Babe Ruth learned to play.
Ebrahim Moosa was educated in a madrasa, and has spent the past year visiting madrasas around the world. He feels that the word "madrasa" has become demonized in the west, yet he admits that the world of the madrasa is not without its problems. Also in this episode, one woman's chance meeting with Ralph Fiennes.
Selma Yablonick Constant graduated from the City College of New York in 1950. She'd planned to become a teacher. However, she was asked to leave the school of education because she walked with a cane. Selma had polio as a kid and was considered disabled. Also in this episode, poet Paul Guest.