269: Someone to Watch Over Me
Jul 16, 2004
Letting someone else take care of you can change everything. Three stories of couples in which one partner is trying to take care of the other, sometimes with more resistance, sometimes with less.
- Jo Giese's husband, a doctor named Douglas Forde, had spent his life caring for other people. But then he had some strokes and developed a kind of dementia. He didn't understand why caregivers were living in his home, helping his wife. Over the course of eight months, his wife documented his decline, and the dramas that happened with the people who came to live with them. Jo Giese usually reports for Marketplace. (28 minutes)
- Veronica Chater's mother wants to go to a resort in Mexico with a friend. Her father, a former cop with an extravagant sense of security, prepares as if she's headed for a war zone. Among his questions for the Mexican authorities: Exactly how long a knife blade might one be able to carry across the border? (12 minutes)
- Aimee Bender reads her story "The Rememberer," about a woman whose lover is undergoing reverse evolution. One day he's a man, the next, a salamander. The story is in her her book The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. (8 minutes)
In the 75-year history of the song "Someone to Watch Over Me," there's only been one hard rock cover ... and you can download it here. The song was recorded right here at Chicago Public Radio by the band American Draft. Check out the music they write themselves at their website.