Jen Blood met a new guy and they had a lot in common, including a love of animals. Over the next year and a half, Jen discovered that her boyfriend was actually an animal hoarder. They were living in an abandoned elementary school in rural Kentucky, struggling to care for dozens of animals. Jen tells Dick Gordon about her growing realization that she’d become an unwitting participant in an animal hoarding operation, and what made her finally leave the situation. Also: kayak polo.
Dave Albin recently had a peculiar winged visitor in the backyard of his home in northwest Indiana. The bird, a purple gallinule, with its bright yellow feet, purple feathers and red beak, is native to tropical marshy areas of North and South America. But for some reason, the bird stuck around the koi ponds of Dave’s home.
When Jason Russey heard about a whale ensnared in several crab pot lines, he and a team of divers jumped into the chilly waters and eventually set it free. But instead of swimming away, the whale encircled the divers and swam close by each one, stopping, Jason says, as if to say thank you.
Mariana Sadovska is a song-catcher. As a teenager in Ukraine, she recorded the songs and stories of her grandmother. Mariana would then go from village to village to record the songs of other women as a way of discovering her heritage and keeping it alive.
Near Wilmington, N.C., a legal conundrum is pending over who owns a particular piece of beach. The case goes back 150 years in history, and it involves land that was originally purchased by a former slave. The property was passed down through the Freeman family, without a clear paper trail. Now there's a development company that claims it has bought up some of the interests. Billy Freeman joins Dick to talk about the history of the beach, and how they plan to sort out the ownership issues.
Ritsuko Robinson grew up in her family’s inn on the bay in Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She lives in the U.S. now, but she was planning to go back for an important family ceremony this April. Since the tsunami, though, she’s had only spotty contact with family members, and she’s sure the most cherished family possession - the inn - has been destroyed.