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.
After months of negotiations, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangiraihave signed an agreement to share power in Zimbabwe. That's welcome news to musician Chiwoniso Maraire. Like most Zimbabweans, she struggled all summer with food shortages and skyrocketing prices, and the constant threat of political violence. Also in this episode: intervening in a dog fight.
Linda Kelso opened an online profile on Yahoo! Messenger hoping to meet the man of her dreams. She started chatting with a man who ended up trying to con her, but she says her willingness to be vulnerable has actually enhanced her experience dating online. Also on the show: bringing baseball to Cambodia.
In the midst of a national housing crisis, Cassandra Brush recognizes what a privilege it is to live in her dream home. Cassandra and her husband, Dan, were determined to be homeowners without a mortgage. So the couple set out to build a house from scratch.
Many Americans have had no choice but to swear off credit cards. In this economy, credit is harder to come by and debt has spun out of control. Dick Gordon talks with a woman who now sees her relationship with credit cards as an addiction.
Nathan Sawaya has three diplomas and still prefers to sit with Lego bricks. He's an artist and has more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York studio so his sculptures take many forms; lions, people and curves don't intimidate him.
Nationwide, laws have been passed to locate registered sex offenders and push them out of neighborhoods - after all, who would want to live near someone who has committed these kinds of crimes? But Tom Coles, who lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, has invited sex offenders into his own home. Also on the show: one family deals with dementia.
In 1997, the Dothan High School Class of '77 held its 20th reunion in Dothan, Alabama. Actually, there were two reunions - one for white students, and one for black students. A few students, including Robert Dickens and Bill Perkins, went to both. Robert and Bill vowed to have one unified celebration for their 30th reunion, which will take place this weekend. Also on the show: a painting finds its way back home.
There’s a wall in Seattle that’s constantly changing. It’s the back wall of Unexpected Productions, a theater in the Pike Place Market. Artistic Director Randy Dixon says that while his troupe is known for improv, the audience also stops by to see the show in the alleyway. It’s 54 feet of gum -- 250,000
For the last two years, we've been telling the story of Mogadishu with the help of a young man there, Abdi. We've heard about his family splintering, the bullet holes in his roof and the bombs that explode on his way to school. Today, our news is that Abdi is leaving Mogadishu. Also in this episode, Gordon Hempton is looking for One Square Inch of Silence - not a place lacking in sounds, but rather a place on the planet where the sounds of nature are allowed to be heard.
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.