The fight against HIV-AIDS in Africa is a matter of two steps forward and one step back, as Catherine Piwang knows well. People were just beginning to talk about this mysterious new disease when she left Uganda in the late 80s. When she returned in 1996, seven of her siblings had died of HIV-AIDS and two more were gravely ill.
From the time she was a little girl, Barbara Quinn loved the idea of nursing. But after marriage, kids and a career as a public health nurse, at age 68 it was time to retire. Now she's 72 and back at work…as a volunteer. She works at a clinic staffed by health professionals who have come out of retirement to treat the needy.
Bart Walter used to identify himself as a biologist who loved carving wooden birds. Today, Bart is celebrated for his ability to create sculptures of wild animals right where he finds them, in the wild. Also in this episode: a brush with fame - a listener has a moment with the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall.
Mike Stachowiak knows the thrill of online gaming intimately. Mike spent three years during high school and college immersed in an online role playing game called EverQuest. When he quit, he was ranked the best player in the world.
Luke Tipple, a marine biologist, grew up swimming and diving off the coast of southern Australia. He knows how to get the upper hand with a shark in the water, and has been hired by long distance swimmer Diana Nyad to protect her on a swim from Cuba to Florida.
Companies hire Jim Stickley to attempt to hack into their financial information, and identify weaknesses in their security practices. Jim says it’s not all high-tech computer work, and he sometimes dresses up as an firefighter to gain access to an office building.
As the final Space Shuttle retires, engineer Vance Gloster remembers the first shuttle landing in 1981. Next to the astronauts, he may have had the best view - from the "radar hill" at Edwards Air Force Base. Vance was there monitoring the tracking system he designed and built. Vance talks with guest host Sean Cole about his part in the first space shuttle landing.
And now, achieving flight while still on earth. We listen in to a father, Jon Carroll, and his daughter, trapeze artist Shana Carroll. She is part of that small group of people who knows what it feels like to fly. Produced by Jay Allison, a staff member at Transom.org.