Thanatos is the Greek god of death, and a man bearing his name roams the streets of Vancouver in a mask. His mission is to help people, and guest host Phoebe Judge listens to what drives him to be a real-life superhero.
Konrad Jarausch's father served in a reserve battalion of Hitler’s Army. As a young man, Konrad struggled with his father’s role in the war. Recently, as an historian, Konrad began to re-read the war-time letters that his mother had saved.
John Thompson lived 14 years of his life on death row an innocent man. He watched 12 other men leave and never come back. Wrongfully convicted of murder, he was exonerated just before his final execution date.
Derrick Durr was laid off as one of Chicago’s violence interrupters earlier this year. He continues to do the work, without a paycheck. Recently, he coordinated a dinner for sixty young men in his neighborhood, many of them rivals.
Destiny Coleman and Vicki Lopez-Lukis are two women from different walks of life. Destiny grew up in poverty and had a troubled childhood. Vicki made history as the youngest person admitted to Notre Dame University. Both women landed behind bars, and became friends. Also in this episode, Max Hardberger tells stories of high seas piracy. His job is to take back ships that have been pirated and return them to their rightful owners.
In troubled economic times, landing a job as a police officer can look stable and lucrative. But 35 years ago, the small town New Buffalo, Mich. was having a hard time attracting new police recruits. So they'd approach boys in high school, put them through a class, and make them cadets - police interns. Barry Schroder had just turned 18 when he joined up.