Mike Anderson spent 17 years in prison for murder. It was his poetry, and his desire to evolve, that helped him get out of prison early and successfully re-enter society. Mike now has a job, and a family, and he's working with young people - as he says, "polishing souls."
Leili Pritschet's family descends from Iranian royalty. As a young girl, Leili learned to dance. Her training took her abroad, but she returned home to teach classical Iranian dance to the children of foreigners, principally Americans, living in the country. Then came the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Also in this episode, a grandmother tests her granddaughter's lunch box for lead, and listener Linda Powell.