Afghan-Swiss Photographer Zalmai left Afghanistan but often returns to photograph and more recently has been training his lens on Afghan refugees in Greece. He finds Afghans in extreme situation; poor and mistreated as immigrants.
As Barack Obama becomes the first African American President of the United States, Dick Gordon talks to another black leader who was a first - on the football field.Also in this episode, a post-election cleanup.
Paul Stamets is a mycologist - a mushroom guy. He's been hunting and researching edible and medicinal fungi for thirty years. But he doesn't have a PhD or work in a university lab. He's an entrepreneur and self-made scientist. His company Fungi Perfecti sells grow 'em at home edible mushroom kits, and most of the profits go toward funding his numerous fungi research projects. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Paul thinks mushrooms could help clean up the oil and toxins, and heal the Gulf of Mexico's damaged ecosystem.
Hal Taussig believes that CEOs have a responsibility to do more than earn wealth for themselves. He created a successful travel company called Untours. The company has a budget in the millions and maintains a healthy profit margin - but Hal does not keep any of the profits. He donates them to charity. Also in this episode: at a time when many people are sorting out which candidate they identify with, George Akers remembers being regularly identified as a candidate by other people: he bears an uncanny resemblance to Richard Nixon.
Reports of sexual assault in the Army have increased since anonymous reporting was implemented. According to the Department of Defense, 21% of women soldiers say they have been sexually assaulted.Army Specialist Kymberlea L. Durant says that statistic is too low. Also in this epside, we received dozens of emails about Dick's conversation with Rmega Tafari, a woman squatting in an abandoned foreclosed home with her family. When Dick last spoke to Rmega, the bank that owned the home had asked her to leave. Dick checks in with Rmega to find out what's happened since.
Pakistani elections were to be held today, but the death of Benazir Bhutto has changed all of that. Dick Gordon talks to Munizeh Sanai, a young radio host on a pop music station in Karachi, who was on the air the night Bhutto was killed. Also on the show: Somi uses music to explore her identity as a Rwandese-Ugandan who grew up in the United States.
One of the biggest immigration raids in U.S. history occurred on May 12, 2008. Teams of immigration agents swarmed into a meat packing plant in the small Iowa town of Postville, and arrested close to 400 people. We hear from 3 voices today:
Rosa Zamora was working at the Agriprocessors plant and was detained, while her husband was deported. David Vasquez is a pastor who has been integral in trying to help the community of Postville recover after raid. Lawyer Sonia Parras helped a series of workers after the Postville raid. Since that time she has set an unprecedented record for the number of U-Visa’s she has been able to obtain.
The earthquake in Haiti has attracted health professionals and aid workers from around the world. Carmen Maria Romero is a physical therapist from Miami who left everything behind - including her twin sister, Isabel Romero Lara - to work in Haiti. Dan Grech and Kenny Malone of WLRN in Miami first brought us Carmen's story about 6 months ago. Today, Dan has a followup piece with the two sisters, about what Carmen's decision meant to both of them
Skip Ockomon is a firefighter in Anderson, Indiana. Even in these tough times, Skip and others have managed to raise money for something they've long been dreaming of…a rescue house for families whose homes have been destroyed by fire.