Water is essential and at the same time mystical. Karen Wilkening has been lucky enough to spend time in the Little Salt Spring Sinkhole in Florida. The depths of it hold treasures that fell or were put into the sinkhole over 10,000 years ago.
Bill Gascoigne and Kyle Mankes are both under 40 and unemployed. Kyle was once a business analyst. Bill formerly worked as a Michigan city manager. Now they’ve created a group called BUMS: The Brotherhood of Unemployed Men. Also inthis episode, Adam Greenfield lived 100% car-free for all of 2009.
A conversation today with victims of oil spills past and present. Charlie Seal is a Gulf coast fisherman who is waiting to see the effects of the BP blow-out. RJ Kopchak was a fisherman in Cordova, Alaska when the Exxon Valdez ran aground.
Back in the 70s, Wayne Goldman designed and built an electric car that he drove for years. It was perfect for city driving reaching a top speed of 45 mph. Consumers never got into it, and Wayne says that remains the problem today. Also on the show: running away and joining the circus.
What made Robert Hawkins take a rifle and shoot strangers last week in Omaha? Today, Dick talks to Josh Stroder, a young man who had something in common with Mr. Hawkins. When Josh was 14, he went to high school in a rural area and didn't fit in. He started getting bullied and before long, he was feeling at odds with everyone. Also in this episode, Gary Yohe is the lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations agency that accepts the Nobel Peace Prize today with Al Gore.
Today The Story begins a week-long exploration of water. We start by checking in with Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst. Also, when you think of Las Vegas, you might assume that making a city green in a desert would be a tale of colossal waste. There may be some truth to that, but Pat Mulroy will surprise you. She manages the city's water, and she's had a lot of success getting people to pull out their grass and dramatically cut back on water use.