When Jacques Vroom heard late in the 1980s that American Airlines was selling life-time passes for unlimited first-class travel, he bought one for his company. What began was 20 years of constant travel around the world.
The recession has not been kind to American children. Recent census figures say that one of every seven Americans is living in poverty, and that children are feeling the worst of that, particularly African American and other minority kids living in cities. Ten-year-old Diane Burley has been living in a hotel room for the past four months. It’s a single room and she’s there with her mother Melissa and her siblings Elijah, Natasha, Jaylin and Davion. Melissa says she can get the family back on their feet. All she needs is a job. Also: a listener's scary story of finding a man living in her attic.
Jennifer Thompson was a college student when she was brutally raped. During the attack, she tried to memorize what the man looked like so she could identify him later. She pointed to Ronald Cotton, and he spent 11 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
We look back at what has become known as the “Hand of God” controversy (the most controversial play in World Cup history) with Steve Hodge. Steve says the experience came to define his career in a way he never could have expected.
Also in the show: A mean gets appendicitis... during his wedding.
At a time when suicide bombers seem particularly determined to create panic across Pakistan, Zeeshan Shafqat and Muhammad Usman are feeling the pressure. They are both freshmen at the International Islamic University in Islamabad. Their own school was hit with two bombs. More than at any time in their young lives, they are now living with uncertainty about school, jobs, family and their own safety .Also in the show: A son surprises his father at the end of his life.
his will be a big weekend for cycling enthusiasts - the final push in this year's Tour de France. Many fans make regular stops at the Fat Cyclist blog for news about their sport. Elden Nelson started the blog a few years back. It was funny and personal. But when his wife was battling breast cancer, he knew he either had to stop blogging, or write about the experience. Elden talks to Dick Gordon about how he's managed to raise so much money to fight cancer, and his once-in-a-lifetime ride with Lance and Team Radio Shack.
Laura Milkins moved to Mexico City earlier this year. Her plan was to walk the entire length of the city, a little bit each day. Not only would she walk, she would invite strangers to walk with her and tell her their stories. Laura had no idea that she'd be walking straight into an outbreak of swine flu.
Laszlo Hirka grew up in communist Hungary. One day he saw his first American magazine. Laszlo was captivated, and started having dreams of a new life in the U.S. Years later, he evaded authorities, jumped over barbed wire fences and eventually found his way to America.