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11:59 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A Detroit Photographer In Search Of A Human Touch

Portrait of Hakeem in his Detroit home
Credit Dave Jordano

Photographer Dave Jordano, a native of Detroit and long-time resident of Chicago, has returned to his hometown to make portraits of people who did not leave. In his online exhibit “Detroit Unbroken Down,” he passes up the grand spaces in ruin or crumbling homes that have become symbols of the Motor City, but focuses on the faces of the city.

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7:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Faced With Common Problems, Long-Time Chicago Rivals Meet To Break Bread

Credit Derrick Durr

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1:34 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

After Years Of Coexisting With Black Bears, Biologist Faces Suit From Neighbors

Lynn Rogers
Credit Wildlife Research Institute

Biologist Lynn Rogers has been putting radio collars on bears and feeding them for years in Ely, Minn. He’s learned about their behavior and is aiming to become the “Jane Goodall of Black Bears.” This has caused consternation in the town among some people who worry about the habits of bears who are used to humans. They are trying to get the license for his scientific project revoked. He speaks with guest host Phoebe Judge.

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12:19 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Finding Sanctuary In A Home For Outcasts And Criminals

The Carville National Leprosarium
Credit Phoebe Judge

Neil White was a Louisiana businessman in his early 30s, living comfortably with his wife and two children, when the FBI discovered a check-fraud scheme he was running and got him locked up for 18 months.

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11:48 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Day A Long Distance Swimmer Met A Baby Whale

Credit WikiPaintings

When Lynne Cox was 17 years old, she'd already broken several world records for long-distance swimming. She'd crossed the English Channel twice and always trained. One morning, she was swimming in the ocean off Seal Beach, Calif., before the sun was up.  Suddenly, she realized a baby whale was following her. She couldn't swim back to shore because he'd follow her and run aground, so she stayed in the water with him for hours and hours, hoping his mother would come back for him. Cox tells guest host Phoebe Judge the story of Grayson.

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2:58 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Journey To The Centroid Of The Country

A topographer at work with an alidade and plane table.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library

What's a centroid? It is a hypothetical calculation of the exact center of the U.S. population. It involves the U.S. Census and has changed over the country's 220 years, sometimes falling in a town and at other times settling in the middle of rural country. Orion Magazine writer Jeremy Miller explores the centroid and finds that its movement has matched the country's westward expansion and development.

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The Story
3:39 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Growing Up With Anne Frank

Amsterdam, 1937. Children sit in a sandbox, including Anne Frank (second from left) and Barbara Rodbell (second from right).
Credit Barbara Rodbell

In 1933, when Nazi power was surging, Barbara Rodbell's family left Germany for Amsterdam. There, in the Jewish community, Barbara and her sister became good friends with Anne Frank and her family. The Nazis began to round up Jews in Amsterdam and at age 17, Barbara chose to hide in plain sight - to pass as a non-Jew. She took off her yellow star and obtained false identification papers. She connected with a group of resistance activists, and this is how she survived.

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4:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

A Digital Detox From Wired Technology

Credit thedigitaldetox.org

At 23, Levi Felix was the vice president of a startup in California, making a good salary, but he was working around the clock, not eating well, and sleeping with his cell phone under his pillow. Then, one day he felt weak and checked himself into the hospital.

When his doctors ordered him to slow down, he set off on what would become three years of around-the-globe traveling and completely disconnecting from technology.

In this conversation, Felix tells host Dick Gordon what he learned about disconnecting and how he brought it back to the U.S. through what he calls Digital Detox, a summer camp and retreat for anyone who wants to get away from her gadgets.

Hear the full conversation at The Story's website. Also in this show: Ed Rosenthal went for what he thought would be a short hike in the Mojave Desert, then wound up lost; and Margareta Claesson and her husband, noted physiologist Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, studied the camel and found the key to its survival is in its nose.

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7:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

An American In The Cold War, Caught In The Stalin Family's Agony

George Krimsky in Moscow
Credit Krimsky Family

George Krimsky had been living in Moscow for a few months when he met the grandson of an infamous dictator: Josef Stalin. Krimsky, an American correspondent with the Associated Press, quickly sensed he had a major story in front of him.

The grandson, Josef Alliluyev, told Krimsky that his mother had defected to the United States in 1967, and that he wanted to join her. In order to do that, the grandson said, he would need Krimsky’s help to send and receive letters from his mother.

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3:23 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In Chicago Factory, A New Era For Worker Ownership

Ricky Macklin
Credit The Working World

Two former workers from the bankrupt Republic Windows and Doors factory, Armando Robles and Ricky Macklin, talk with host Dick Gordon about what has happened since they held a lock-in in 2008. In May this year, with help from labor organizations in Chicago and a loan from The Working World, they were able to “fire the boss” and start an employee-owned factory, New Era Windows Cooperative. “We used to always say that owners need workers, but workers don’t necessarily need owners,” Macklin says.

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