After years of training, swimmer Kicker Vencill was on the verge of achieving his childhood dream of representing his country at the Olympics. But all that came crashing to a halt when a drug test came back positive for a banned substance. Like many athletes caught cheating, Kicker claimed he was innocent. But unlike most, he was in fact innocent of taking performance-enhancing drugs. Also on the show: a Catholic tradition helps a Jewish woman find her husband - a rabbi.
Alicia Partnoy, who was held in a secret prison in Argentina, speaks to Sean Cole about the place called the Little School. The naming of the Buenos Aires cardinal as pope has brought up memories of the country’s Dirty War, during which thousands of citizens were kidnapped and killed.
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.