When Sheila Hutton was a seven-year-old girl growing up in England before the war, her parents shipped her away to the U.S. Six years later, when the war had ended and she’d become a teenager, she returned and had only a navy blue head scarf for her mother to recognize her.
More than 150 vultures mysteriously moved into a two-block radius of Shelby, N.C. Kristen Duren, the woman charged with running the birds out of town, says the best deterrent was to hang vulture effigies upside down.
Jen Blood met a new guy and they had a lot in common, including a love of animals. Over the next year and a half, Jen discovered that her boyfriend was actually an animal hoarder. They were living in an abandoned elementary school in rural Kentucky, struggling to care for dozens of animals. Jen tells Dick Gordon about her growing realization that she’d become an unwitting participant in an animal hoarding operation, and what made her finally leave the situation. Also: kayak polo.
Michael Delaney is bucking some major economic trends. Instead of losing jobs, he’s landing them. It wasn’t always this way for Michael. In the 90s, he lived comfortably in Silicon Valley. Then the dot com bubble burst. At that time, Michael could not have imagined the jobs that would follow: monkey keeper, deli counter attendant, hardware store clerk.
Continuing The Story’s celebration of Studs Terkel, Dick sits down with U.S.-born dancer Keenan Kampa and speaks about the process of finding a place in the dance company, and the history of the stage.
This year is the 40th anniversary of a Thanksgiving reunion unlike any other. Erich and Karl Bley were born and raised in East Germany, but separated when the iron curtain was lowered. Erich, the older brother, escaped with his fiancé. The reunion includes coded letters and a bold, daring escape. Also: Not all family traditions involve togetherness. Patrick and Kim Sauer have spent the last twenty years making sure they are NOT together at the holidays.