When Lynn Hill retired from operating Predator drones for the U.S. Air Force, she closed that chapter of her life – until she started writing poetry about having one foot in the war and one foot at home.
It’s been nine years this weekend since two passenger jets were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center towers. Those attacks changed this country profoundly, and they continue to have a direct and dramatic effect on the people who worked on site in the aftermath. When Brooklyn firefighter Steve Mormino arrived in lower Manhattan just after midnight on 9/11, he expected devastation. But what struck him most was the silence. For the next four months, Steve worked constantly at Ground Zero. Years later he found out that his lungs had been permanently damaged from the particles in the air. Also, contributor Krista Bremer.
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
This year is proving to be a deadly one for aid workers worldwide. 45 have been killed so far and another 47 have been kidnapped. Afghanistan is currently the most dangerous nation for people delivering aid. Jolynn Fisher knows the risks. She's been working there for the past year and a half.
After more than a decade on the run, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has finally been caught. He's now at The Hague and will likely face war crimes charges for his alleged role in the genocide of Bosnian Muslims in the early 1990s. Kemal Pervanic was one of thousands of Muslims rounded up and sent to concentration camps during the genocide under Karadzic's rule. Also in this episode, Peter Pohlhammer wrote in to tell us about his encounters with the great American baritone, William Warfield. He tells Dick about the profound influence Warfield had on him, both musically and morally.
When Fran Richey's son, Ben, went to West Point, they started arguing about politics. After he joined Special Forces and went to Iraq, they pretty much stopped communicating, and Fran took refuge in writing poems. Also in the show: Recovering the bricks from your high school.
When the Army raised the age limit for enlistment from 35 to 42, single working mom Kristi Jo Newland leaped at the chance to get her nursing education paid for. Kristi, her husband, and their children join Dick to talk about sacrifice and success, and the challenges of facing all of it at this time in their lives. Kristi turns 42 in October. Also on the show: a social worker who helps parents maintain a healthy post-divorce relationship.