Heather Wilder has recently discovered the importance of telling her story. Heather was put into the foster care system at age seven. Now 17, Heather has become an activist for foster kids, writing booklets so they know what to expect.
Matthew Workman is a blogger in Oregon. Most of the people who read his blog were friends and family. When he got a hit from the Faroe Islands, this self-described geography geek had to know more. Now...Matthew knows all there is to know about these obscure islands halfway between Norway and Iceland, he runs a weekly podcast targeted to the people of the island, and he was invited there as a special guest.
Bryan Gonzalez is a former New Mexico border patrol agent. He often spoke with the migrants he caught trying to cross the border, and often heard stories of people trying to escape the violence surrounding the drug trade. Also in this episode, poet Richard Rodriguez. Plus, Duane VanderBrug was a white minister living in a black Chicago neighborhood. When the riots broke out after the announcement of MLK's death, Duane and his family stayed.
Can’t beat the recession? Write songs about it. Two recent college grads, Kyle Thompson-Westra and Ryan Stotland, have a band that performs songs about money, debt, the gold standard and all those economy celebrities. Listen in…it won’t cost a dime.
Ricky Hart had a life-altering epiphany while watching the TV series, "Roots." The scene depicted the slave, Kunta Kinte, being whipped into using his new name, Toby. It outraged him, but it also inspired him to dig into his own family history, which dates back to a plantation in North Carolina.
Laila El-Haddad is a Palestinian journalist who divides her time between Gaza and Durham, N.C. She was in Gaza City this December when violence broke out between the two factions. Dick talks with Laila about the prospect of civil war in Gaza.
The summer before his junior year in high school, Inney Prakash convinced his parents to let him move to another state for an internship with a writer he revered. The internship showed Inney the downside of celebrity and taught him quite a bit about himself.