When Amanda Berry disappeared in Cleveland her mother refused to give up. Amanda had been missing for a year when Miller went on The Montel Williams show in 2004 to ask the celebrity psychic to help find Amanda.
What happened was terrible. Browne told Louwanna Miller her daughter was dead and Louwanna never recovered. When she died, Louwanna Miller was only 44 years old.
Regina Brett is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She got to know Louwanna Miller and remembers her as a strong, determined. loving mother who changed dramatically when Sylvia Browne made her pronouncement.
How many Montreal Canadiens still have their beards?
The Habs were eliminated on Thursday as the first round of the playoffs winds down, and the facial hair of the remaining teams assumes semi-final length.
Growing a playoff beard is a relatively recent superstition. Andrew Podnieks says it didn't take hold until the late 1980s and it probably was started not in Canadian hockey but in Swedish tennis. Bjorn Borg used to quit shaving for Wimbledon and it worked for him.
When it comes to hockey superstitions the playoff beard is merely the most visible. Andrew's written an entire book about the strange non-rational rituals players indulge in, on and off the ice. And even the biggest stars and the most skilled get in on the mumbo jumbo.
Andrew Podnieks joins us to talk about Hockey Superstitions, From Playoff Beards to Crossed Sticks and Lucky Socks.
Sex Abuse Allegations in the African Church
The Catholic Church in Europe and North America faces a serious crisis in the sex abuse allegations and cover-ups that have come to light.
Not so in Africa. The African church has thus far largely been immune from claims of abuse, and in contrast to the troubled western churches, is a growing and vibrant institution.
In March, a well-known Ugandan priest Anthony Musaala wrote to his archbishop to raise the matter of specific allegations of sex abuse in the church including abuse he says he suffered as a boy. The letter was leaked to the public, widely discussed in African media, and Anthony Musaala has been suspended.
But the letter has exposed the issue in a culture where taboos around homosexuality complicate open discussion. Anthony Musaala joins us to talk about why he stands by his text.
Cody Wilson and the 3D Gun
New technology is about to bring manufacturing to your personal desktop. 3D printers are an emerging hardware in retail outlets, and if you buy one you can print plastic objects, like garden gnomes, clothespins or a gun.
Cody Wilson is a law student in Texas who has been pushing the idea that home manufacturing of firearms spells the end of regulation- gun control- because the information of how to print a plastic pistol can't be controlled.
Last week Cody reached a milestone. He held and fired a gun he printed himself and made the software files anyone needed to emulate him available on his site. Then on Wednesday the State Department made him take them down.
Has the government won the information war when it comes to plastic weapons? Cody thinks not. We talk to Cody Wilson about his plastic gun.
When F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925 it wasn't a huge literary event, and it was never the source of the writer's celebrity during his lifetime. By time of Fitzgerald's death in 1940, Gatsby was almost a footnote to his lucrative, chaotic career.
Now Gatsby is widely hailed as the great American novel.
If Baz Luhrman's new film version of The Great Gatsby calls for a reassessment of the book, not everyone thinks it's brilliant. Kathryn Schulz rips into the slim novel in a piece called Why I Despise The Great Gatsby. She says the characters lack complexity, and everything clunks along driven by the heavy hand of the plot.
Anne Margaret Daniel is a Fitzgerald scholar who teaches at the New School in New York City. She still loves the language of Gatsby. They have a grand time talking it out.
Look at this. Next weekend is Victoria Day. Enjoy the short weekend and we'll catch you in seven on the long one.