Dick Gordon speaks with longtime Boston Marathon announcer and runner Kathrine Switzer. She was covering the event on Monday and witnessed the explosions. She says the event may have been targeted because it is a symbol of freedom.
The recession has not been kind to American children. Recent census figures say that one of every seven Americans is living in poverty, and that children are feeling the worst of that, particularly African American and other minority kids living in cities. Ten-year-old Diane Burley has been living in a hotel room for the past four months. It’s a single room and she’s there with her mother Melissa and her siblings Elijah, Natasha, Jaylin and Davion. Melissa says she can get the family back on their feet. All she needs is a job. Also: a listener's scary story of finding a man living in her attic.
Larry Vance lives one mile from the Arizona/Mexico border and has witnessed hundreds, maybe thousands, of migrants crossing his property over the last thirty years. He says the effects are frightening - cut fences, trash everywhere, poisoned dogs, shoot outs, burglaries.
Hal Taussig believes that CEOs have a responsibility to do more than earn wealth for themselves. He created a successful travel company called Untours. The company has a budget in the millions and maintains a healthy profit margin - but Hal does not keep any of the profits. He donates them to charity. Also in this episode: at a time when many people are sorting out which candidate they identify with, George Akers remembers being regularly identified as a candidate by other people: he bears an uncanny resemblance to Richard Nixon.
Reports of sexual assault in the Army have increased since anonymous reporting was implemented. According to the Department of Defense, 21% of women soldiers say they have been sexually assaulted.Army Specialist Kymberlea L. Durant says that statistic is too low. Also in this epside, we received dozens of emails about Dick's conversation with Rmega Tafari, a woman squatting in an abandoned foreclosed home with her family. When Dick last spoke to Rmega, the bank that owned the home had asked her to leave. Dick checks in with Rmega to find out what's happened since.
Pakistani elections were to be held today, but the death of Benazir Bhutto has changed all of that. Dick Gordon talks to Munizeh Sanai, a young radio host on a pop music station in Karachi, who was on the air the night Bhutto was killed. Also on the show: Somi uses music to explore her identity as a Rwandese-Ugandan who grew up in the United States.
The earthquake in Haiti has attracted health professionals and aid workers from around the world. Carmen Maria Romero is a physical therapist from Miami who left everything behind - including her twin sister, Isabel Romero Lara - to work in Haiti. Dan Grech and Kenny Malone of WLRN in Miami first brought us Carmen's story about 6 months ago. Today, Dan has a followup piece with the two sisters, about what Carmen's decision meant to both of them
Skip Ockomon is a firefighter in Anderson, Indiana. Even in these tough times, Skip and others have managed to raise money for something they've long been dreaming of…a rescue house for families whose homes have been destroyed by fire.