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.
Three-year-old son Jacob got salmonella from peanut butter crackers his parents bought at Costco. In the year since, his father, Peter Hurley, has made numerous trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby for tougher food regulations. Also in this episode, seven-year-old Malcolm Morris was living in London when German bombs rained down on the city. Soon after, he got a small camera, and began shooting photographs.
People who turn to their health insurance company for coverage of mental illness are often surprised to learn that benefits can be hard to get. Susan Schoenmarklin has been through this with her son, Davis. Davis struggled with his behavior for years. It began with defiance and biting. Soon, an 8-year-old Davis was carted away by police, in handcuffs. Also in the show: A brother and sister team start a jewelry company.
Ben Golnik has been interested in politics ever since he was a little kid watching Crossfire with his parents at the dinner table. When he grew up, he worked his way up the ladder to become a prominent campaign consultant in the Republican party. But it took being a key member of two landmark election monitoring teams for Ben to realize just how democratic the democratic process can be.
Journalist and activist Hodding Carter lobbied hard to get a job with the Carter administration and finally got one - working as a spokesman for a man he'd never met, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Hodding had to quickly get up to speed, because President Carter in the first months in office announced what seemed to him like dozens of changes in foreign policy.
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.
Dick speaks with Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign about the way the British government dealt with a tragic incident in a Liverpool soccer stadium, and how it became a pivotal moment for people there. Two decades later, British Prime Minister David Cameron has apologized.
On a good surfers’ beach, usually everyone is in the water. But at 38th Parallel Beach – near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea – surfers sometimes see parades with tanks, soldiers and guns.
In 2005 Julie Baumer was convicted of child abuse after her infant nephew was brought to the hospital with symptoms which were diagnosed as “shaken baby syndrome” Julie served 4 years of her 10-15 year sentence before her lawyers were able to prove that her nephew had actually suffered from a rare form of child seizures.