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October 14, 2010

Echoes of Kentucky

ECHOES OF KENTUCKY

New images released by NASA show that the red toxic sludge in Hungary is easily visible from space. In the small mountain town of Inez, Kentucky, Mickey and Nina McCoy watched the news footage with their own sense of foreboding. Ten years ago, they lived through their own such disaster when more than 300 million gallons of coal sludge poured down a mountain into their community. Mickey and Nina say that event pushed them to demand clean water, and fight environmental degradation in Appalachia.

 

NEXT CHAPTER: DAN MARCOTTE

A couple of weeks ago, Dick talked with Dan Marcotte. Dan was headed out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see if his home-made land speed car could reach 300 miles per hour. Today, an update.

  • Read more about Dan's adventures at the Bonneville Salt Flats.


DREAM GREEN HOME

Back when Juan and Gabriela Beltran first married, they planned a green life - solar panels, chickens in the backyard, a garden fed with compost. After Juan came home with a severe injury from serving in Iraq, that dream changed, but it hasn’t gone away. Gabriela and Juan never lost faith, and now with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers, the Beltrans are watching their dream green home become a reality.   

  • See a video of Juan and Gabriela.

OPEN MIC: WRONG STREETCAR

We've been collecting your stories of coincidence in recent weeks. Today, a Michigan listener calls our Open Mic line to tell how two wrong decisions caused one lovely result.

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