Huy Nguyen is one of the thousands of Vietnamese “boat people” who came to America in the 1980s. The Christmas season has real meaning for the his family. Also: Bobby Brasher wrote to tell us a story of coincidence. It involved two of the lowest moments of her life - and a nun who appeared at just the right time, in two different hospitals, years apart.
Dick Gordon talks to the father-daughter duo, Blair and Steve Hansen, about the ups and downs of tackling music as a family business. Also in this episode, we continue to follow the fate of one detainee at Guantanamo, Mr. Al Ghizzawi. His attorney, Candace Gorman, has the update.
Maha Mehanna lives in Gaza with her nephew Mohammed. They have access to basic supplies, but the closed border still means life has changed dramatically for them. Each month over the past year they have gained permission to cross the border into Israel to get medical treatment for Mohammed's rare immune disease. They've faced 6 hour long waits and even stray bullets while trying to cross, but for Maha those trips are like a holiday - her only chance to see life on the outside. Also in the show: A scientist is taken hostage in Panama
Robert Johnson knows what it's like to make sacrifices when times are tough. He learned from his father. During the Depression, Robert's father was out of work and couldn't feed his family. So he put himself in the boxing ring with a professional fighter who weighted 40 pounds more than he did.
Nancy Weigle had to pick up a wedding cake in three different freezers, assemble it (icing and all) and then pick up the bride to bring her to the chapel - all in a couple of hours, and in a foreign country.
Andrea Richardson Stowers was 7 years old when her father Dale left on a Cold War military mission from which he never returned. Dale’s work was classified, so Andrea never found out how he died. Andrea’s mother believed it was a government cover-up and convinced herself that Dale was still alive.
Robin Sagadraca's father Bob was buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery. A member of the "Greatest Generation," the elder Sagadraca never spoke much about his wartime experiences in the Army. But the few stories that Robin and his son Ross have heard were vivid. There was the time Grandpa got shot in the head, and the time he refused the Purple Heart.
Carlos Moran was born in Mexico, crossed the border at age 4, and landed in the hands of social services by age 11. His parents drank and fought at home. Social workers took Carlos and his 4 younger siblings away and put them in foster care. After Carlos graduated high school, he saw his younger brothers and sister go through the trauma he experienced in foster care, and he got the idea that he could be their legal guardian.