Roller derby has a proud history as an American sport that's been played since the 1920s. It's one of the few high-powered contacts sports that put women in the spotlight. Judy Sowinski, also known as the Polish Ace, coaches the Penn-Jersey She-Devils in Philadelphia.
Scott Hornoff was a Rhode Island police officer when he was charged with murder in 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison but was eventually exonerated in 2002 after another man confessed to the crime. Since his exoneration he has been unable to find work in this country so he has become a private security consultant working in Afghanistan.
This will be a big weekend for cycling enthusiasts - the final push in this year's Tour de France. Many fans make regular stops at the Fat Cyclist blog for news about their sport. Elden Nelson started the blog a few years back. It was funny and personal. But when his wife was battling breast cancer, he knew he either had to stop blogging, or write about the experience. Elden talks to Dick Gordon about how he's managed to raise so much money to fight cancer, and his once-in-a-lifetime ride with Lance and Team Radio Shack. Also in the show, my good ol' Pontiac Parisienne.
The world is in mourning for Dith Pran, the famed photojournalist who exposed the killing fields of Cambodia in the 1970s. He died on Sunday. Phal Sum was just a child when the Khmer Rouge terrorized Cambodia. He was taken from his family and forced to labor at a work camp for boys. He escaped to Thailand, and that's where he discovered the martial art that would save his life: Thai boxing. Also in this epsiode: a response to our recent story about electric cars.
One good shot, and a golfer can launch into the top ranks of the sport. And that’s what happened to Michael Tobiason Jr. in the US Open this June. He just hopes he will no longer have to sleep in his car as he plays the circuit.
Host Dick Gordon speaks with Michelle McNamara, author of the True Crime Diary blog. She and a community of online sleuths have helped detectives take a new look at the Golden State Killer and other cold cases.