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Soldiers, Skydives, Firemen and Heartbreak

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A man in a mid-life crisis takes a terrifying parachute jump; an Iraq war veteran shares details of his battle back home; a daughter sits at the bedside of her ailing father; a fireman tries to save two children; and a would-be Romeo laments the agony of platonic love.

A midlife crisis pushes a mild mannered Simon and Garfunkel fan to go skydiving.

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An Iraq veteran is surprised to find himself suddenly at odds with a military law.

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A daughter sits at the bedside of her ailing father.

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Ziegler fights an out of control blaze during one of the hottest summers in New York City's history.

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A four year platonic love affair turns out to be so much less.

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Daniel Choi

An Iraq veteran is surprised to find himself suddenly at odds with a military law.

Dan serves as Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Photo courtesy Daniel Choi.

 

Tom Ziegler

With no engine backup, a fireman is unable to save two kids.

Tom in his fireman uniform, with his kids in 1983. Photo courtesy Tom Ziegler.

 

Brian Finkelstein

A four year platonic love affair turns out to be so much less.

Brian in India. Photo courtesy Brian Finkelstein.

 

The music featured in this episode…

The Drift – Uncanny Valley - Find it on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify

Der Dritte Raum - Swing Bop Find it on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify

Ahmed Muktar - The Two Rivers 

El Ten Eleven - My Only Swerving Find it on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify

John Zorn - Los Cristeros Find it on iTunes

Floratone Take a Look Find it on iTunes/Amazon

Caravan Palace Dragons Find it on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify