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.
Making do. Getting by. Adapting. That’s something Michael Sandler knows about. Michael is a "barefoot runner." But he only became a part of this new trend in athletics after two bad accidents set him back.
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.
New York City is a hard place to make ends meet, especially if you’re young, broke and unemployed. Leila Day had her dream job at Lincoln Center organizing concerts and fancy cocktail parties, hobnobbing with celebrities. But she eventually found herself out of work, sending out hundreds of resumes and getting no return phone calls.
The idea of using renewable energy has been bounced around by both presidential candidates. Their ads feature wind turbines, which they've made a point of mentioning in their stump speeches. Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. Also in this episode, Phil DuMas was waiting to board a flight while drinking a huge cup of coffee. When he finally reached the ticket counter, he was doing what his family nicknames "the pee pee dance." When the attendant asked him what was wrong, Phil explained he had a case of "PPD." Little did he know that airline personnel understand PPD to mean "paranoid personality disorder."
Thousands of Zimbabweans continue to pour across border in search of food, medicine, and safety in South Africa. But over the last few weeks, many of them have become targets in anti-immigrant violence.
Jonathan Nkala is one Zimbabwean who made the difficult journey. Also in the show:
Peggy Kuo was a prosecutor working for the Justice Department when she accepted a job at The International Court at the Hague to represent 16 women who were raped during the Bosnian war. The case became the first rape case ever treated as a war crime.