PLEDGE NOW
Stories of Tsunami Survivors
photo

Photos of the devastation tsunamis caused in Southeast Asia two weeks ago brought the horror of the disaster home to people all around the world. Now, as tsunami survivors return home, they are sharing their stories of determination and hope.

One Wisconsin native was scuba diving when the tsunami hit and is now helping with the relief effort. A couple who ran from the beach together were separated but survived. And an Alabama woman is still struggling to make sense of the destruction she saw.

Tune in to hear the stories of these survivors, what they witnessed and what they are thinking now.

Guests:

Simon Elegant, South East Asia correspondent, TIME Magazine

Karen Grosskreutz, 27-year-old from Whitewater, Wisconsin who was scuba diving in Thailand when the tsunami hit and is now working as a volunteer for the relief effort

Caroline Malatestas, 25-year-old accountant from Mountain Brook, Alabama who was on vacation on the Koh Phi Phi island of Thailand with her husband J.T.

Bill Recktenwald, 63-year-old journalism teacher at Southern Illinois University who was on the beach of Ahangama on the south coast of Sri Lanka

David Rucker, 34-year-old business owner from Berkeley, CA and his girlfriend Sandi Thompson who were on the beach at a Ko Kho Khao Island resort in southern Thailand

Nayana Mawilmada, 32-year-old student at Harvard Business School from Sri Lanka who is involved with a group HelpSL.org working to connect people with international aid agencies.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

RECENT
SHOWS
May 21, 2015
Ships dock at the piers at the seaport town of Murmansk on the Kola peninsula in Russia. Russian authorities have detained a Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and 27 crew and they face charges when they arrived at Murmansk. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

The Arctic Circle is opening up at a gallop as the ice disappears. Oil, gold, armies, spies. Big opportunities and fear of the consequences.

 
May 21, 2015
In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, late light falls on Wheeler Hall, South Hall and the Campanile on the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. This famously liberal college town is known as the cradle of the Free Speech Movement, but speech isn’t the only thing that’s free here. Whether you’re strolling the redwood-shaded University of California, Berkeley, campus, or slipping across the Oakland border for a dose of Golden State history, you can exercise your limbs and your intellect without giving your wallet a workout. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

With student debt topping $1 trillion, a renewed call for radical change – maybe even free public university tuition. We’ll hear more about it.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

More »
1 Comment
 
Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

More »
Comment