David was a typical teenage kid whose family was just getting by, living paycheck to paycheck. Then his stepfather lost his job and took out his frustrations on David by beating him. Soon David was not only being beaten at home - his stepfather forced him to fight in an underground fighting ring for money.
Milton Ochieng grew up in a rural part of Kenya. Even as a youngster, he was aware that people in his community frequently died of preventable diseases. Milton’s father planned to lessen those odds by opening a local health clinic. But before they could lay the first brick his father died unexpectedly.
James Holzrichter became a reluctant whistleblower after finding evidence of misconduct by his employer, Northrop Grumman. He became a pariah in his field, and eventually found himself unemployed and homeless.
Mimin left Indonesia when she was 17 years old. She was promised a job as a housekeeper with a wealthy family in Los Angeles. When she arrived, the family confiscated her passport and told her if she left the house she'd be arrested, or raped. For seven years, Mimin cleaned, cooked, and cared for the children and dogs - without pay.
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.
John Adams found himself in the thick of the nation's immigration troubles after falling in love with a woman named Lourdes from Guatemala. A year after their marriage, John and Lourdes were at the final meeting with an immigration officer to adjust her status from illegal to resident when the officer learned that Lourdes had once been picked up on an immigration violation and had not shown up in court. John is now raising their two children alone.
In the past 4 years, the drug war in Mexico has claimed over 34,000 lives. Today people begin marching all over Mexico, calling for an end to the violence and President Calderon’s war on the drug traffickers. The unlikely leader of this nascent movement is writer and poet Javier Sicilia. His 24-year-old son was murdered last month. Javier says that poetry for him has died, but he has found another voice - speaking out against corrupt politicians, and the murder of so many innocent Mexicans.