Alan Smith spent 14 years teaching philosophy and literature to violent criminals in a prison in England until he realized he was changing, slowly "becoming more of the prison than I wanted to be," and had to walk away.
Ryan Kathman will be sharing pie and coffee today, Thanksgiving, with his mom and his birth mom. Ryan began searching for his birth mother at age thirty. Moira Mangiameli was also searching for him. The two had even performed side-by-side as actors on stage, not knowing that they were related. Also: think you have a lot of pies cooling on the counter this Thanksgiving day?
When Swedish businessman Lennart Dahlgren moved to Moscow as the first general manager of IKEA in Russia, he had only a vague idea that corruption and bribes were part of doing business there. But Lennart and IKEA had a different idea…be totally transparent and do everything above board. No pay-offs. Lennart is now retired - and he has written a memoir of his time in Russia, called “Despite Absurdity: How I Conquered Russia While It Conquered Me.” Also: Noah Z. Jones goes to Hollywood.
Jason Puracal was a real estate agent working in Nicaragua when he was wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison and taken to one of the worst prisons in the country, La Modelo. His sister Janis, a lawyer in Seattle, led the charge for his release which eventually occurred 2 and-a-half years later.
The fight against HIV-AIDS in Africa is a matter of two steps forward and one step back, as Catherine Piwang knows well. People were just beginning to talk about this mysterious new disease when she left Uganda in the late 80s. When she returned in 1996, seven of her siblings had died of HIV-AIDS and two more were gravely ill.
We've been following Al-Ghizzawi, a Guantanamo detainee, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman. Al-Ghizzawi was a shopkeeper who was picked up in Afghanistan and turned over to the U.S. for a bounty. Now after eight years in Guantanamo, he is a free man. Also in this episode, Ahmed's Diary and diabetes researcher Ed Damiano.