THE WIND KIDS
The world’s largest offshore wind farm officially opened this past weekend. It’s a collection of a hundred of the tallest such turbines off the coast of England. It’s called the Thanet Wind Farm and it’s supposed to be able to power 200,000 homes. Wind power is moving more slowly in the U.S., but the blades are starting to turn. Andy Swapp is a recent convert to wind power. Andy is a high school shop teacher who has enlisted his students to train in this booming new industry. Former student Cade Boyter joins the conversation.
OPEN MIC: AT HOME
We've been running a series of stories on the program called At Home. With all the turmoil in housing, we’ve been asking people how it’s affected them. Today: a story from a listener about the unexpected silver lining she found when she and her growing family were unable to get a larger house.
REAL LIFE MUSIC MAN
Most everyone is familiar with “The Music Man.” It’s the story of a salesman - Harold Hill - who comes to the Midwestern town of River City, Iowa. He makes his money by encouraging parents to purchase the instruments to form a boy’s band. Harold Hill even charms the local librarian, Marian. John Zeretzke knows the story well. His mom was Marian, a librarian, and John’s own life was turned around by a mysterious stranger who came to town extolling the virtues of music lessons.
OPEN MIC: THE OPPOSITE OF GOLDEN
We asked listeners recently "What things you will do until your golden years...?" and we received some great stories. So, last week we asked "What will you NOT do 'til your golden years?” Today, two stories from listeners who made promises to themselves to make a big change. One involves…ham. The other? A trapeze.