Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and American: A Woman's Unlikely Background | A Pioneer in Disability Rights | Humor in Dark Places: The Comedy of Cancer | How John Manrique is Getting Right | The Power of Letters | The Hidden Power of Vulnerability
When Takeaway listener Loren Levinson heard our segment on Madeleine Albright earlier this year, in which she talked about the discovery of her Jewish identity and family members that were killed during the Holocaust, it got her thinking about her own roots. Her incredible,fascinating story bridged two of the unlikeliest of cultures.
Listener Debra Solomon shares stories about her father Aaron who was one of the first advocates for people with disabilities. He hired more than 300 workers with disabilities at a time where they struggled immensely to find any sort of livelihood. She describes the cause her father found so important and the characters he hired to work in his factory.
Author and designer Kaylin Andres tackles cancer as comedy in her new comic book, "Terminally 'Illin." At the age of 23, Kaylin was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that usually affects young children. In the midst of chemo and radiation, comedy became her coping mechanism.
After the show reported on some disturbing trends in obesity in the United States, people were quick to respond. Listener John Manrique details his own story about how he lost over seventy pounds three years ago and kept it off.
When Mary DeChillo heard the voice of veteran Michael Scotti reading a letter he had written to his family while on duty in Iraq, it evoked the memory of a student she had named Phil Lippens who came back from the war with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.
Vulnerability might be interpreted as a weakness, but Brené Brown says there can be great power in embracing that feeling. Brown is the author of "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead."