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The Connection Between Strangers

Miles Goodwin - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
As heard on All Things Considered, May 1, 2006

Returning home from a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, Miles Goodwin was touched by the compassion of a 10-year-old girl. Now an attorney in Milwaukee, Goodwin believes in giving kindness to strangers.

In Praise of the 'Wobblies'

Ted Gup - Cleveland, Ohio
As heard on Morning Edition, September 12, 2005

For years, journalist Ted Gup wasn’t sure what he believed, and he felt uncomfortable in the company of people who freely shared their firm beliefs. Now he accepts his own uncertainty as a good thing.

The Artistry In Hidden Talents

Mary Ellen Rusnov - Woodbury, Connecticut
As heard on All Things Considered, February 6, 2006

You may not know it, but the person in the adjoining cubicle could be a singer, a dancer or a painter. A civil engineer by trade but a pianist at heart, Mel Rusnov believes in cultivating hidden talents.

We Are Each Other's Business

Eboo Patel - Chicago, Illinois
As heard on Morning Edition, November 7, 2005

In high school, Eboo Patel failed to support a friend facing anti-Semitism. Now, the Chicago interfaith youth organizer believes honoring diversity means having the courage to actively speak up for it.

The Joy And Enthusiasm Of Reading

Rick Moody - Fishers Island, New York
As heard on Morning Edition, August 29, 2005

Rick Moody has built a life in words: in writing them for his books like “The Ice Storm,” and in reading them. He believes there is unlimited joy in opening a new book and delving into its story.

The Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together

Azar Nafisi - Baltimore, Maryland
As heard on Morning Edition, July 18, 2005

How do we open ourselves to the connections that can unite us even across racial, political or religious differences? Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi finds the answer in a classic of American literature.

The Rule of Law

Michael Mullane - Fayetteville, Arkansas
As heard on Morning Edition, June 5, 2006

Professor and attorney Michael Mullane believes the rule of law must be upheld — even in times of threat and crisis. As fragile as it can be, Mullane says we are all protected by and accountable to the law.

The God Who Embraced Me When Daddy Disappeared

John Fountain - Olympia Fields, Illinois
As heard on All Things Considered, November 28, 2005

Journalism professor John W. Fountain was four years old when police took his abusive father away. His lifelong sorrow from living without a "daddy" was comforted by finding a new father – a spiritual father – in God.

Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks

Phyllis Allen - Fort Worth, Texas
As heard on All Things Considered, July 11, 2005

For years, Phyllis Allen found her belief in the social movement of the times: from civil rights to Black Power. Now in her 50s, she is finally able to believe in the woman she is.

The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal

Jackie Lantry - Rehoboth, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, August 1, 2005

Several years ago, Jackie Lantry found herself in a Chinese hotel room with a terrified young boy. Today, her adopted son Luke is a happy member of her Massachusetts family thanks to the power of love.