The value of documenting one's own life is explored, with the main guest being a 39-year-old woman with Lou Gehrig's Disease who wants to make a record of her life for her 3-year-old son. Also looked at is the StoryCorps oral history project.
Aron Ralston, who amputated his own crushed arm after being stranded in a hiking accident in Utah, recounts his ordeal. He is joined by his mother Donna, and is also reunited for the first time with two of the three Dutch tourists (Monique Meijer and her son Andy) who rescued him, as well as helicopter pilot Terry Mercer, who evacuated him from the site.
Michael Gurian, author of What Could He Be Thinking?, discusses the neurological and psychological differences between men and women, and counsels various couples regarding challenges in their marriages.
Who Knew You Could Make a Living Doing THAT? - interviews with people who have fun and unusual occupations: Fred Newman, a voice effects artist; Ilisha Newhouse, a mystery shopper; Aaron Sneary, a master builder at Legoland; Susie Ellis, a spa evaluator; Samantha Haft, head of a company that specializes in coordinating celebrity gift bags; and John Gowdy, a sand sculptor.
Lost and Found - stories of people who have recovered things lost to them, including a lost love reunited after 25 years, a lost dog recovered 1,200 miles from home, and a lost necklace improbably returned to its owner.
Canadian war correspondent Scott Taylor and his Turkish colleague Zeynep Urtugrul are interviewed about having been held hostage in Iraq for five days. Also interviewed are Mariane Pearl, whose husband Daniel was beheaded by extremists in Pakistan in January 2002, and Liz Merman, whose film The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2004) shows how women from the West are working to introduce personal amenities to the women of Afghanistan.
Various dangers regarding teens are discussed, including drug addiction, binge drinking, online predators, sexual promiscuity and video game addiction. A major topic is the increasingly younger ages at which young people are engaging in these activities.
Inspiring stories from high school sports: First, Billy Bob Thornton and author H.G. Bissinger discuss the new film Friday Night Lights (2004), along with four members of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team. Next, a look at how the residents of Punta Gorda, Florida have rallied around the Charlotte High School football team in the wake of Hurricane Charley. Finally, an interview with Bobby Plump, star of the 1954 Indiana high school basketball team that inspired the film Hoosiers (1986).