A conversation with Evan Kalish, who after college set out to travel the country and see as many post offices as he could. He's been to over 4,000, and there are thousands more. Read his blog, Going Postal.
In May, Lindaleigh Irvin-Portner came on the program to tell her story. She became pregnant as a teenager and her mother sent her to a home for "wayward girls" to deliver her baby, Monique. Soon after, the baby was taken away. Lindaleigh says it was not her intention to give her daughter up for adoption, and she has never stopped looking for her. A listener to The Story heard Lindaleigh on the radio, and there’s been an intriguing development.
In America, nursing homes are in high demand - there are only 17,000 slots for the 1.6 million seniors who can no longer live on their own. Overcrowding is common. Patients often talk of insensitive staff. Staff, on the other hand, talk of low pay and high stress.
But Cordelia Taylor has found a way to offer care to seniors that is like being home.
Deon Joseph never wanted to be a cop, but when things weren't working out at the family business, he had to look for a new job - and the first returned call he got was from the L.A.P.D. He figured he'd work in an easy part of the city, but he ended up in one of the most famously bad neighborhoods in the country: Skid Row.
Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. He tells Dick Gordon about the opposition he encountered along the way.
Arnold Bauer first saw the Codex Cardona in 1985 in the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, where scholars from Stanford and the University of California were attempting to establish its authenticity. Allowed to gently lift a few pages of this 500-year-old treasure, Bauer was hooked. By 1986, the Codex had disappeared from public view.
Right now a group of really hardy runners are just finishing what’s called the toughest and coldest race in the world: the Yukon Arctic Ultra. It's 430 miles of such extreme conditions that prior to 2009, no one had made it to the finish line... that year, Bruce Thompson became one of the first. He talks with Dick about how he did it. One secret: Do not sweat into your clothes or you’ll freeze. Also in this episode: saved by a penguin. and: Over the Garage Records.