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.
All this week, people from Southern Sudan have been casting their vote in a referendum to decide if they should become their own nation. Twenty-year-old Nyuol Tong was born in Sudan. He spent much of his childhood surrounded by civil war and living in refugee camps. He is now a student at Duke University, and will be traveling to Alexandria, Virginia on Friday to vote. Also - the story of another Sudanese immigrant who's waiting intently for the voting results, and the one thing he held onto from the war.
Oscar Grant is the young black man who was shot by a BART transit officer in the back a couple of years ago. Journalist and community organizer JR Valrey says that seeing the story unfold has had an impact on his life.
As friends and collegues were kidnapped and killed, Kelly McEvers continued to report for NPR in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings. She has made a documentary about a year there, and speaks with guest host Sean Cole.
Maha Mehanna lives in Gaza with her nephew Mohammed. They have access to basic supplies, but the closed border still means life has changed dramatically for them. Each month over the past year they have gained permission to cross the border into Israel to get medical treatment for Mohammed's rare immune disease. They've faced 6 hour long waits and even stray bullets while trying to cross, but for Maha those trips are like a holiday - her only chance to see life on the outside. Also in the show: A scientist is taken hostage in Panama
Mike Rohde is a fire chief in Orange County, Calif., and he says the massive Station Fire is the worst he's seen in his nearly 40 years on the job. He tells Dick Gordon about the day last week when he led a group of firefighters into a burning canyon in search of residents who refused to evacuate.
Rachel Zucker was on the phone with a friend the day before President Obama's inauguration, when the two poets had a eureka moment. They decided to find 100 poets who would sign up to write a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days in office.
Ivan Johnson, a San Antonio native, didn’t get along with his coaches. He got into fights, and when Dick spoke with him in 2008, he’d played for four colleges and a team in the NBA’s developmental league.
Ramogi Huma was recruited to play Division I football and saw student athletes struggle to pay grocery and medical bills. He talks with Dick Gordon about what it's like to be a student-athlete, and whether they should receive stipends.