One grandmother in charge of six children - Lucille Robinson, a 69-year-old grandmother who is the sole caregiver to six grandchildren, tells the story of how she came to be in such dire circumstances.
Making ends meet on $700 a month - Lucille describes how, against all odds, she manages to support her family on only $700 a month. She shares her concerns about her inability to afford Christmas presents or food.
Why good kids go bad - Lucille shares her belief that many children are lured by the promise of making money on the street corner selling drugs as a direct result of the unwillingness of the local, state, and federal government to provide support to the children's caretakers. She describes the kind of support and recognition she wants from the government.
Exploited by the Orioles - Jacquetta Lyles, a mother of four and a day laborer at the downtown sports stadiums, describes the conditions she works under, and how she is paid with a money card that charges her each time she uses it.
A Mother's Struggles - Jacquetta describes how she is dependent on the assistance and shelter provided by her mother and great-uncle, without which she would be in a shelter. She also shares how she tries to provide her children with a happy childhood, despite the worries that plague her.
Standing up for her rights - Jacquetta tells how she came to become involved in the United Workers Association, and makes a passionate plea for people to stand behind her efforts to make a better life for herself.
Why home child care providers are important - Gloria discusses the social fallout that would ensue if daycare providers looked for alternative employment that provided benefits. She also shares her personal connection with a special child, a connection that encourages here to stay in child care.
The everyman of the inner city streets of Baltimore - Walker Gladden is a former prisoner who has devoted his life to saving young men and women in Baltimore. He speaks about the gulf that separates boys and girls in the 'hood from the rest of the world.
What the rest of the world doesn't understand about living in the 'hood - Marc speaks with community activists about the tremendous gulf that exists between their perception of the world and how they are seen by outsiders.
The power of love to change lives - Could love have the power to transform the lives of children in inner-city communities? Ray Cooke, an ex-offender who runs the program On Our Shoulders in West Baltimore, speaks about his belief that love can be a powerful agent of change.
An after school program changes lives in Park Heights - The home of Nargas Hyman is also the home of B Spirit, a homework and tutoring center for inner-city youth. But it's more than that: it is a bunker of hope in one of the cities most drug-ridden areas.
A young man struggles to keep on a path of success - Taveon "Bill" Nash works two jobs, 7 days a week in order to provide for his 2-year-old son. He works hard, serves as a youth mentor, and is an example of how youth in Park Heights can succeed if given encouragement and support. But he also illustrates the lengths that many working people must go to in order to keep everything together.
A young woman avoids the cycle of violence and defeat in Park Heights - This is the story of how 20-year-old Cierra has managed to rise above the cycle of violence and defeat in her Park Heights neighborhood.
A waitress, a mother, a grandmother, and a student on what it takes to achieve the American dream. Becca is a waitress, a mother, a grandmother, and a student. How does she juggle it all? What does it take to attain the American dream?
When the paycheck doesn't arrive - What would happen to your family if your paychecks went missing for three months? Annette Scary, a child care worker in Baltimore County, describes how this happened to her.
The children of West Baltimore share their dreams, fears - The voices of the young children that live in battered neighborhoods in Baltimore are full of optimism and hope, but also a chilling awareness of the fear and violence all around them.
Two stories of rural homelessness - Carla and Donny have each had to live in the woods because they had nowhere else to turn. Their stories challenge stereotypes about how and why people become homeless.
Why men die in the woods in Cecil County - Carla talks about the mental and physical health problems that result from a lack of services for the homeless. She also discusses the recent ACLU lawsuit against the town of Elkton.
Why workers at Camden Yards are suffering - Rose Menustik will be going on a hunger strike to protest working and payment conditions for the cleaners at Camden Yards. She talks about her experience as a day laborer in Baltimore.
The life of an addicted and mentally ill homeless woman - The lives of homeless people who suffer from addiction and mental illness can be grim, especially when state resources are scarce. A young, pregnant woman tells her story.
I robbed a woman at gunpoint - Omar is a young black man who narrowly avoided doing years in prison after committing armed robbery. He talks about why he committed this crime and the kind of person he was when he did it.
Me and the juvenile justice system - A few years after he became a drug dealer, Donny was incarcerated in the juvenile system. He talks about his experience in the system and how it changed his relationship with his mother.