Andrea Morales captured the details of coming of age in a small Ohio town by spending time with young women. She was able to photograph them in vulnerable settings. The honesty of those photographs caught the eye of photography judges at Time magazine.
Bill Gascoigne and Kyle Mankes are both under 40 and unemployed. Kyle was once a business analyst. Bill formerly worked as a Michigan city manager. Now they’ve created a group called BUMS: The Brotherhood of Unemployed Men. Also inthis episode, Adam Greenfield lived 100% car-free for all of 2009.
During the housing boom, many Americans got into buying cheap houses and rehabbing them for profit. Over an 18-year period, Mark Post bought six homes in his neighborhood - but not to flip them. Mark had it in mind he could help make his community a better place.
erry Belanger has a love for downtown Detroit. Where others may see vacant buildings and shattered windows, Jerry sees a city with soul. He’s committed to revitalizing the downtown area, an effort that started with renovating an abandoned building and opening his own bar.
Dana and Patricia James have a story for the ages. It is a story that involved bravery, luck, and one man's idea to "pay forward" a forty-year-old kindness.
It all began with a proposal. Dana and Patricia decided to wed. Though they were poor at the time, Dana worked for an airline, so he got first class tickets anywhere he wanted. The two decided to take a honeymoon with a number of different stops across Asia. On one leg of the trip, they met a man on the plane named George Ishiyama. That man would do something Dana and Patricia remember to this day with awe.
Derek Monroe wasa business consultant brokering deals between U.S. and foreign companies. He enjoyed the work, but things changed when a U.S. client used Derek as a pawn to dupe a Japanese businessman who Derek respected.
Vesta Foshee died peacefully in the early hours of July 1, 2006. Her son, Donald, who cared for her in her final years, thought he had one less care when he called the funeral home that morning. Vesta had prepaid her funeral expenses in 1979. Don found, instead, that his burdens were just beginning. Clayton Smart, the new owner of Forest Hill Funeral Home, had decided that very day to invalidate over 13,000 prepaid funeral plans.
Adrienne Johnson wrote in after hearing our story about Reuben Appelman and his encounter with a childhood enemy on Facebook. Adrienne says her story is similar, except that she probably has more in common with the enemy.
Lynn Gazley has been living that debate. Lynn wasn't having any luck getting pregnant, so she turned to fertility treatments. Then she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and had to start chemotherapy immediately. Lynn later learned that she carries a gene mutation that made her highly susceptible to developing breast cancer. And it turns out that the fertility treatments may have caused the rapid growth of the cancer.