When Peter Hessler first arrived in the remote Chinese river town of Fuling, the only way to get there was by boat. Recently, he went back for a visit to explore the changes that the Three Gorges Dam has made.
Young-gum Kim fled her native North Korea for China, hoping for a better, safer life. But she was sold to human traffickers and forced to work the fields for 10 years before she found a way out. Also: filmmaker Ann Shin, who followed several North Korean women sold to Chinese men by human traffickers.
In 1981, Ray, an Army veteran and aspiring musician was charged with kidnapping, rape and felonious assault. He was accused of attacking a 12 year old boy and 11 year old girl. Ray could have received a lighter sentence if he pled guilty but he refused and was sentenced to life in prison plus 12-40 years. He was released on DNA evidence in 2010 after spending 28 years in prison.
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.
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.