Cali was driving her mother's car on the highway when she had to swerve to avoid hitting a dog. She lost control of the car, crossed the median, and crashed into an oncoming car. The accident killed the driver of the other vehicle. Cali tells Dick how this event changed her life in ways she never expected. Also on the show: a resolution to ride.
During the Great Depression, Mary Immel lived in a small desert town in northern Arizona. In the center of her town was a railroad station with a restaurant called La Posada. With a penny in hand, five-year-old Mary would walk over to the station on a hot summer afternoon, towards the gumball machine, but get lost in the cool beauty of the building’s hacienda and its magnificent green gardens. She returned, years later, to see what had become of the secret garden of her childhood.
Captain John Sutton has been pulling barges up and down the Mississippi river for the past thirty years. In that time he has seen many floods, but he says he has never seen anything like the floods he is seeing on the Mississippi this year. Also in this episode, Nancy Ariano on the business of selling cars, and Robbie Lippard is headed off to Yellowstone National Park. Finally, Richard O’Mara stopped at a Baltimore street corner and a panhandler gave him a bullet. He kept it and has spent time tracking down exactly where it came from.
Okay, the holidays are over. Is your tree still up? Karen Warner loves Christmas. She remembers one year when she had an especially beautiful tree that sat in the bay window of her fabulous San Francisco apartment. Karen loved it so much, that she left it up too long - well into April. Embarrassed by what her landlords would think, and scared that they might not like the fire hazard aspect, Karen came up with an innovative plan to discard her Christmas tree.
A year ago, Adam Pinkert headed to Robinson Crusoe Island, a sparsely-populated eco tourist spot, in what Adam calls "the Galapagos of Chile." He awoke in the middle of the night to rumbling and rising water coming into his third floor hotel room. Adam tells Dick Gordon about his escape from the tsunami that destroyed the village of 700 people and the island's only town. Also in this episode, when Larry Whitlow hears about tsunami warnings, he can't help but remember the terrifying experience he had after the Indonesian quake in December 2004. Plus, David Brooks shares his story involving Johnny Cash and his grandmother Winafred.
Over the past century, forced sterilization was practiced in many states. In North Carolina, authorities sterilized poor and disabled people into the 1970’s. Last week, the Foundation for Justice for Sterilization Victims in North Carolina gathered testimony from victims. A task force will soon decide on compensation for an estimated 7,600 people who lost the ability to have children. W.C. Lynch was sterilized by the state, and today he tells his story.
Anita Isaacs was born in Namibia in 1959, a time when the apartheid system of South Africa was in place. Anita joined the armed struggle for Namibian independence, while still in her teens, and she was in exile for 13 years. Also in this episode, Berta Scott's 180,000 pounds of fruitcake.
Imani Jaafar-Mohammed and her husband Murad Mohammed are both American. They went to law school, got married, and bought their first house here. But when they moved into that house, they were confronted by a neighbor.
He started throwing pork in our back yard. He would come under the window and shout "terrorist," and shout at the window. And he specifically did it when he knew that I was home by myself. -Imani Jaafar-Mohammed