Nearing retirement age, cardiologist John Dormois decided to enroll in Divinity School at Duke University. He says he wanted to explore the spiritual side of medicine. He's now completed his studies at Duke, and preparing to become certified in end-of-life care.
Arizona restaurant owner Harjit Sodhi lost two brothers to hate crimes after September 11, 2001 - a time when many Sikhs were targeted. He says the justice and kindness in America convinced him to stay in the U.S. But now tougher immigration laws threaten his business. Also on the show: one family's unexpected confrontation with the police.
Cali was driving her mother's car on the highway when she had to swerve to avoid hitting a dog. She lost control of the car, crossed the median, and crashed into an oncoming car. The accident killed the driver of the other vehicle. Cali tells Dick how this event changed her life in ways she never expected. Also on the show: a resolution to ride.
Katie Chung never thought much about race while growing up in Burlington, N.C. But everything changed for her when she married her Korean boyfriend and decided to take his last name. Now she constantly has to explain herself to people who don't know what a woman named Katie Chung is "supposed" to look like.
For 30 years, Kathy Hopwood has shown people how to defend themselves and get out of danger. She tells her students that she herself has escaped several attempted attacks by using simple moves derived from martial arts - like punching, kicking and yelling.Also in this epsiode: a listener story of a trilobite.
Now in her 80s, Louise Bicks clearly remembers the more humble way she and her family lived on their small farm. One of Louise's favorite stories is about the blood transfusion given to her mother by a local doc. The doctor drained blood out of her father's arm into a pitcher, then got the blood into the arm of Louise's mother. Also on the show: Jeanne moved to a rundown neighborhood and began planting gardens in the parkways between the sidewalks and the streets. Then, another edition of Ahmed's Diary. And finally, a woman remembers being bullied by Girl Scouts.
William Poy Lee grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown. But as he grew older, he became more and more American. When William Lee sat down to write his memoir, he realized he could not do it alone. It was the lessons (and the winter soups) of his mother, Poy Jen, that helped shape the person he had become. Also on the show: getting the dreaded pink slip just before hitting retirement age.
Tim DeChristopher is on trial this week for “monkey wrenching” a federal oil and gas auction. When he heard about an auction of drilling leases for 150,000 acres of public land in Southern Utah, he attended the auction, got a paddle, and began to bid. Soon he had secured leases worth over 1.5 million dollars, and he didn’t have the money. Does Tim deserve to go to jail as a felon? He joins Dick to talk about his case.
Leon Fleisher was a pianist from early on. As a child prodigy, he played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. Then, at his prime, he lost the use of two fingers on his right hand. He thought his career was over. Now, back at the piano, he’s redefined the meaning of perfection.
When Randy Trout began looking for an assisted living facility for his mother, Alva, he took care to find a place that was clean and pleasant, so his mother would be comfortable. He thought he’d found that, but then a series of events at the facility made him worry. Eventually, his mother died, and Randy, a former police investigator, became convinced that neglect at the assisted living facility played a role. It is one of a number of cases uncovered in an investigative series by the Miami Herald and WLRN.
In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend the June 7 Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas, where she'll try to convince shareholders that Walmart must protect the safety of factory workers.