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.
A year ago, Adam Pinkert headed to Robinson Crusoe Island, a sparsely-populated eco tourist spot, in what Adam calls "the Galapagos of Chile." He awoke in the middle of the night to rumbling and rising water coming into his third floor hotel room. Adam tells Dick Gordon about his escape from the tsunami that destroyed the village of 700 people and the island's only town. Also in this episode, when Larry Whitlow hears about tsunami warnings, he can't help but remember the terrifying experience he had after the Indonesian quake in December 2004. Plus, David Brooks shares his story involving Johnny Cash and his grandmother Winafred.
Kofi Annan moved back to Ghana this week. He's not alone among those returning to that country. About 1,500 Americans now live in Ghana, and more may follow. The reason: this year marks the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence, and the West African country is opening its arms to the descendants of slaves who were shipped to the Americas from its ports over the centuries.
Janet Butler and her family moved to Ghana seven years ago. Her friends and family were stunned: she was a successful businesswoman, happily married to an attorney, and a mother of two children.
Lauren Bohn was a student at Columbine high school in 1999 when the shootings there occurred. She speaks to Dick Gordon about her own journey from shock to bitterness and ultimately towards forgiveness. Also in this episode, composer William Grant Still's granddaughter, Celeste Headlee.
Early on in the program we learned that a story doesn’t have to be particularly dramatic in order to be memorable. It started when Angie Anderson wrote to us to say: “I drive from Apex to Durham (North Carolina) every day to work... Every morning, without fail, a little man stands beside the road in front of a ramshackle building and waves. It’s a small, low wave and he waves at every car that passes.”
Amy Braun loved her job teaching at an historic two-room schoolhouse in Vermont. She says the 209-year-old school was an ideal learning environment for her 8 students. But the town voted to close the school.
Thousands of high school students are tuning up their robots for the U.S. First Robotics Competition this weekend. We'll talk with three students at a regional competition. Eszter Offertaler is from Silver Spring, Maryland. Her team left the computer with the "robot brains" at home and had to improvise. Kelly Zelaya, a senior, leads a rookie team from rural North Carolina. And Nalishia Fairley represents her team, Greensboro's Technical Assassins.
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.