This limited-run podcast from WFPL — produced in partnership with IDEAS xLab — brings you first-person accounts from people in your community who’ve overcome some significant challenge and thrived despite the odds. They’re hopeful stories, in a world that’s often full of the opposite. From Louisville Public Media.+
Tough And Universal: After Health Scare, Asia Ford Lost Nearly Half Her Body Weight
Asia Ford weighed 507 pounds. Then she realized — if she wanted to make sure to be around for her kids, she would have to make some changes.
Tough And Universal: After Being Shot, Former Football Star Herb Henry Takes Up Wheelchair Basketball
Herb Henry says he was "lost" after a shooting during his freshman year at the University of Louisville led to him losing the use of his legs. Today, he's got much more direction.
Tough And Universal: For Sally Evans And Paige Harlow, Reconciling Faith And Identity Was A Long Journey
Sally Evans and Paige Harlow are married, churchgoing, and the mothers of twin girls. Their faith has changed and deepened a lot over the years. "Being a Christian means that you carry a lot of shame, especially with regards to being gay," Paige said.
Tough And Universal: Longtime Educator Catherine Talbott Is Still Passionate About Teaching
Catherine Talbott is 73 years old, and learned a lot from 27 years of teaching. "I was able to really see that every child has something special,” she said. “But we have to provide the setup."
Tough And Universal: Law School Graduate Carlos Hernandez Remembers Journey From Cuba To Louisville
Carlos Hernandez Ocampo has done a lot since defecting from Cuba and arriving in the U.S. when he was 11 years old. He's earned degrees in law and art, had two kids and served in the U.S. Navy.
Tough And Universal: Cooking Instructor Nikkia Rhodes Remembers Smoketown Childhood
Louisville cooking instructor Nikkia Rhodes calls herself “lucky.” A lot has changed in her life since grappling with parental incarceration and substance abuse when she was a kid.