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The California Report | Friday, Aug 19, 2011, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: Fiona Goodwin

We continue our Turning Points series, which explores the unexpected turns in the lives in Californians. Sometimes life takes on a life of its own, with unpredictable twists and turns that transform a planned life into the unexpected. Such was the case with Fiona Goodwin.



The California Report | Friday, Aug 05, 2011, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: From Dentures to Design

Some creative people turn to practical jobs to make money and avoid becoming a starving artist. That may pay the bills, but it's not always satisfying. We meet a woman whose artistic instincts took her from designing dentures in India to crafting much larger -- and heavier -- creations in Southern California.



The California Report | Friday, Apr 22, 2011, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: David Roe

Our "Turning Points" series highlights critical moments in life that trigger big changes in direction. David Roe was living in a Los Angeles homeless shelter when he got a message from someone he once loved.



The California Report | Friday, Apr 08, 2011, 4:30 PM

From Biology to Buddhism

Dark and hurtful moments can send life into a tailspin. But for some, the pain can force them to look in new and inspirational directions. As part of our "Turning Points" series, Roger Rudick presents the story of a middle-aged research biologist in Silicon Valley whose painful divorce eventually lead to a new career, a new city and real fulfillment.



The California Report | Friday, Jan 14, 2011, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: David Steiner

In our "Turning Points" series, we've highlighted many inspirational moments in the lives of Californians. But turning points aren't always happy. They can also be traumatic. That was the case for one young man from Los Angeles who quit his job at the Justice Department to help Robert Kennedy run for the White House in 1968.



The California Report | Friday, Dec 17, 2010, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: Stone Soup

Our series "Turning Points" focuses on people and their life-changing moments: a lucky break, a tragedy, or some kind of personal revelation that redirected their lives. For the director of one nonprofit, a simple folk tale provided the inspiration for turning around a crowded refugee neighborhood in Fresno.



The California Report | Friday, Jul 16, 2010, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: Dr. Yahya Radwan

There's an old saying that no one returns from war without being changed in one way or another. As part of our occasional series Turning Points, we bring you the story of a pediatric dentist who discovered his passion for working with children on the battlefield in Iraq.



The California Report | Friday, Feb 26, 2010, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: Sheri and Gregg Pasterick

Lots of folks fantasize about spending their lives on the road, traveling wherever, whenever. But few do it. On a recent trip to Desert Hot Springs north of Palm Springs, reporter Lisa Morehouse met a couple in their 50s who really did take to the road. We present their story as part of our ongoing series "Turning Points," profiling Californians who make life-altering decisions.



The California Report | Friday, Jan 01, 2010, 4:30 PM

Tim Hammack: Chef

Today we're revisiting some of our favorite Turning Points from the past year, starting with a rising star in the culinary world. Tim Hammack left a dream job at a premiere restaurant in Napa Valley for a gig cooking in a tough neighborhood in Richmond.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 27, 2009, 4:30 PM

Turning Points: Jackie Sloan

When Jackie Sloan's toddler, Addie, developed epilepsy 12 years ago, the family was plunged into a whirlwind of seizures, hospital visits and therapy. Horse riding was one thing Addie loved. After a career in corporate law, Jackie's now running a horse ranch especially for special needs children.



 

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