Lucrecia Guerrero grew up in Nogales, Arizona, right along the border with Mexico. That border land area has always exerted a powerful influence on her writing. Ten years ago she published a collection of short stories, "Chasing Shadows." These otherworldly, atmospheric tales served notice that Guerrero is a writer who possesses extraordinary talent.
Emily McCord speaks to NPR's Sonari Glinton for this week's edition of PoliticsOhio. He's a business reporter who has been in the state to report on Ohio's collective bargaining situation and speaks with McCord about how this fits in to the national scene. Also, he addresses the politics behind President Obama's silence on the matter during a recent visit to Ohio.
Homelessness in Montgomery County is on the rise. The two biggest shelters reported a 12 percent increase in need last year. But some people aren't in the shelters at all. They're living on the streets. For a pastor in Dayton the homeless problem has become personal. Ryan Riddel spent the month of January living in a van in downtown Dayton. As Emily McCord reports, Riddell chose to live this way to understand the lives of the homeless better.