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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.

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