Marvin Anderson went to prison after being wrongfully convicted of violently assaulting a white woman. When DNA evidence excluded him from the crime 15 years later, he was exonerated, becoming the 99th person in the U.S. to be exonerated due to DNA evidence gathered post-conviction.
Kara Hartzler has a unique perspective on the immigration debate. She has worked with immigrants and heard their stories both professionally as a lawyer and creatively as a writer. Her play No Roosters in the Desert has its American premiere tomorrow in Tucson, Arizona. Also: A 98-year-old woman remembers making a dollar an hour. Also: this is a landmark week for those in the legal profession – a new justice is on the bench of the Supreme Court. Elena Kagan's presence marks the first time that three women have served on the Supreme Court at the same time. Mike Sacks was at the court for Justice Kagan’s first day. He regularly camps out, overnight, in order to be one of the few members of the public allowed inside the courtroom.
Some evangelical Christians are noticing a shift in the church - a move towards issues like homelessness and poverty, away from hot button political concerns like abortion. When this change came to Kevin Wright's church, membership dwindled from 700 to just 120.
Nasim Fekrat says Afghans have been through a lot, but they have trust in Joe Biden. He's a young blogger who is writing to let the world know about the lives of ordinary people of Afghanistan, the people who dance and have love in their hearts.
Janice Langbehn's family was on an anniversary cruise off the coast of Florida went things went terribly wrong. Her partner Lisa Pond collapsed of an aneurysm. Janice Langbehn says the hospital staff refused to allow her and their three children to see Lisa as she was dying. Also on the show: one man remembers Freedom Summer.
On a July afternoon in 1937, 15-year-old Betty Klenck Brown was listening to her family's shortwave radio. She had her journal and was writing down the lyrics to popular songs when she turned the dial and heard the unimaginable: "This is Amelia Earhart. This is Amelia Earhart." Also in this episode, a photograph recently caused some controversy and a few smirks in Europe: a nude photograph of Simone de Beauvoir. The photo was taken by Art Shay. Art was a paparazzi before the term was even invented. In 1952, he took the nude shot of Simone de Beauvoir, who didn't know he'd taken it.
Luca Turin moved to Nice, France when he was a young man. He was entranced by the region's beauty, and by the strange, dusty bottles of perfume he found at local flea markets. It was one perfume - the evocatively-named Nombre Noir - that initiated Luca into what would become his career. He spent the next 15 years studying the secret of smell. Also in this episode, Sy Montgomery traveled all over the world writing about nature, and thought she knew about animals. Then she was given a sickly runt of a pig. She named him Christopher Hogwood and, as she tells Dick, remained infatuated with Christopher even after he became a 750-pound eating machine.
Fifty-one years ago, Ellery Schempp protested his high school's mandatory morning prayer by bringing a Koran to class. He was asked to leave the classroom, but his protest led to the watershed case Abington School District v. Schempp. Also in this episode: After Dick's interview with L.A. Times writer William Lobdell about how William lost his faith while on the religion beat, one listener wrote to The Story, asking: "Why do we not hear the wonderful stories about the ways faith has enabled people to live joyfully, abundantly, and gratefully; lives where miracles can and do happen, and the future is full of hope?"
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.