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.
School authorities in Birmingham have a couple of numbers that underline the effects of this recession in very stark terms. Officials estimate that there are more than 3,000 homeless children who attend city schools. That would mean that more than twenty percent of the children who attend Birmingham city schools are living in shelters, in hotels or with relatives. That's what happened to LaWanda Tanniehill and her two boys.
Before Frank McCourt became famous as the author of "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis," he was for 30 years a high school English teacher in New York. His book about that experience is "Teacher Man." Also in this episode, Meredith Sorenson hikes all 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Plus, a man named Mervin Jenkins turns his life around.
Doctor Frank Artress and his wife Susan Gustafson were tourists when Frank had a near-death moment on Mount Kilimanjaro. It was enough to convince the two of them to abandon their life of great affluence, give their possessions away, and move to Tanzania to start a medical clinic.
When Genae Girard was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36, her doctors recommended she get tested for two genes that relate to an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancer - BRCA1 and BRCA2. That's when Genae found out only one company could test for the mutation: Myriad Genetics. Myriad holds the patent on those two genes, along with the gene test. After she tested positive, Genae had to make the difficult decision about having her breasts and healthy ovaries removed, without a second opinion.
Genae and other women have now signed on to a federal lawsuit to get these patents reversed. They say no company has the right to have a patent over human genes.
For Paul Ciceri, Christmas has a very special meaning. He spent 3 years in a Middle Eastern prison known for its disregard of human rights, Al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi. It's a dangerous enough place for anyone, but even more so if you're like Paul: American, Christian and gay. Also in the show: A war photographer on covering an earthquake.
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.