Larry and Ellen Johnson have lived in the Gulf Coast area their entire life and run a local seafood business called High Tide Foods. They catch and sell shrimp, oysters and crabs just as their parents did and their kids and grandkids are doing now. But as oil courses into the Gulf for the third straight month, the future of their business and their way of life is unclear.
Mike Paye grew up in Liberia. He moved to the U.S. when his home country was rocked by war and his father died in the violence. The one thing Mike remembers about growing up, and about his father, is soccer. Also in the show: A check in with Abdi, in Somlia. And the invention of the Heisman Award.
Joe Sullivan has been building houses since he got out of high school. He poured everything he had into his company and proudly gave it his own name: JT Sullivan Custom Builders. Like so many other builders, Joe took a hard hit in the housing crisis. He's now facing the loss of his business. And that's what prompted Joe to write in.
In 1992, Donna Shalala was picked by President Clinton to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Christine Todd Whitman was chosen by President George W. Bush to head the EPA in 2001. The two women talk with Dick about the intense vetting and preparation that goes on prior to the hearing, and what it's like to answer questions in that intense media and political spotlight.
Terri Thompson was embarrassed as a child when her mother dragged her to thrift stores to try on clothes. She still remembers going to school in one particularly hideous outfit: a secondhand skirt altered to make bell bottoms. But as an adult, Terri soon realized she liked shopping in thrift stores. She could find everything she wanted - at affordable prices.