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The Story
10:40 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Employment: Security Hacker

In 2003, police in Manchester, England found this note hidden with a stolen Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Picasso.

Jim Stickley is a professional hacker. Companies hire him to attempt to hack into their financial information, and identify weaknesses in their security practices.  He tells Dick that his job isn't all high-tech, and that sometimes he dresses up as a firefighter to access office buildings. 

Also in this show, Cici McNair, a Paris-based private investigator who got her start hiding in bushes, and a man who is obsessively searching for every single Tim Wallach baseball card.

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The Story
10:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

The Preventive Mastectomy: Two Women, Two Choices

A Preventive Mastectomy at 31

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The Story
11:43 am
Mon June 3, 2013

This Land Is My Land

Julia Trigg Crawford on her family's land

Except when it isn't.

We check back in with Julia Trigg Crawford who is fighting the TransCanada Corporation as it lays pipe for the XL Pipeline. The digging has begun – in spite of ongoing litigation.

Also in this show, Sandra Steingraber was arrested on Earth Day, and spent 15 days in jail, for protesting against hydraulic fracturing (fracking). After many years in laboratories, and speaking at panels, she felt the time had come to use her body in direct-action protest.

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The Story
10:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Maxed Out on Everest

Mt. Everest
Credit Mark Jenkins for Natioal Geographic.

Hundreds of people are now attempting to climb Mt. Everest every year. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins says the mountain, once tackled only by professional climbers, has become accessible to anyone who can afford to pay to go up and down. And as a result, the mountain is being ruined by garbage, human excrement, and even bodies of deceased climbers.

Also: In a World War II era blimp hangar in California, a prototype of a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft” is being tested. It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a football field and able to carry 50 tons or more.

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The Story
10:07 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Journey from North Korea

Image from Ann Shin's film, The Defector.
Credit Ann Shin

Young-gum Kim was starving in her home country of North Korea. She lost two children to the famine of the 1990s, and her husband was killed in a mining accident. Eventually, she fled to China in search of safety and refuge.

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The Story
1:57 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Free Help Guy Wants To Make Your Life Better

The Free Help Guy allowed a hypnotist to practice hypnotizing him.
Credit The Free Help Guy

A man in London – who shall remain anonymous – took leave from work earlier this year, and undertook a six-month mission of offering help to anyone who asks for it.

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The Story
1:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Witnessing The Moore Tornado From Air And Ground

Alonzo Adams took this image of the tornado advancing on a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., on Monday. The tornado, with winds of 200 mph, was close to a mile wide.
Credit Alonzo Adams

As a mile-wide tornado tore across the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday night, it destroyed houses, flattenedd schools and threw cars into the air.

Host Dick Gordon speaks with three people who witnessed it from the ground, from the air and from a shelter.

He speaks with Alonzo Adams, a photographer who captured images as a giant black funnel cloud advanced toward a neighborhood. (See a photo gallery.)

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The Story
3:40 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

For IRA Prisoner, Hunger Strike Was Last Resort

A poster in support of the hunger strike in the H-blocks of Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison
Credit Republican Movement

In the fall of 1980, imprisoned members of the Irish Republican Army demanded to be recognized as more than common criminals by the British government. They refused to wear the prison uniform, refused to do prisoner work, and, eventually, refused to leave their cells.

But they were making little progress. So IRA members at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland decided to refuse to eat.

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The Story
12:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Man Who Quantifies Every Moment Of Every Day

Credit Chris Dancy

Chris Dancy keeps metrics on himself for every moment of every day.

He knows the number of steps he travels in a day, his average heart rate, and the amount of food he’s eaten. The “Quantified Man,” says keeping statistics makes him a better employee and it’s in the future of everyone’s work.

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The Story
7:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Piecing Together The Delage Coupe

A 1937 Delage D8-120 Aérosport Coupe outside the October 1937 Paris Salon
Credit Les Amis de Delage

Host Dick Gordon of The Story speaks with David Cooper, the part-sleuth, part-mechanic who restored a rare 1937 Delage Aerosport Coupe.

There were only 12 ever built in the 1930’s in France.They were made by hand, and the interior was handpicked by the few customers.

Cooper says that finding the oversize chrome fenders and original chassis meant researching the story of Millicent Rogers, the American heiress who owned the car and outlined her specifications with her lipstick.

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