Trial of Former Media Mogul Conrad Black Begins (Morning Edition, 2007)
Conrad Black is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher whose media company, Hollinger International, published The Daily Telegraph and the Chicago Sun Times, among other properties. He was tried in Chicago for fraud and obstruction of justice; the charges involved the improper use of $80 million in assets. He was initially convicted on four counts and sentenced to six and a half years in prison; later the charges and sentence were reduced on appeal, and he was released from prison in 2012.
Jerry Miller’s New Life (Day to Day, 2007)
Jerry Miller spent 25 years in prison on rape and kidnapping charges before becoming the 200th person in the U.S. to be exonerated by DNA evidence. A few months after his release, he was still having difficulty adjusting to his new identity as both a free and innocent man–one who held a job and lived with his cousin just outside Chicago.
Military Nurse and Poet’s Identity in Question (Weekend Edition, 2006)
Dana Shuster is well known for her poems written in the voice of a military nurse during the Vietnam War, work drawn from a life she claimed to have lived. But in 2006 she acknowledged she could not confirm either that she was a nurse, or that she had ever served. At the time the news stunned both literary and military circles, giving rise to all manner of censure and empathy. Yet then and now, many maintain that Shuster’s work has an emotional truth that resonates with their own experiences of the war and its era.