Mike Bettes, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, arrived in Joplin, Missouri minutes after a devastating tornado hit. Mike began to broadcast live, and in between breaks he checked overturned cars for survivors and surveyed the damage.
Drivers aren't the only ones suffering from skyrocketing gas prices. So are gas station owners like Gail and Taylor Cash.Also in this episode, when the University of Iowa was engulfed by flood waters, Dick immediately thought of his brother, Colin, who teaches there.
The last time eastern Arizona was ablaze like it was last week, Charlie Brown was right in the middle of it. He's a volunteer firefighter in Pinedale, a town burned by the Rodeo-Chediski fire in 2002. Charlie's home was lost, and he defied safety orders to help other people in his community. He talks about what it's like to see land burned, "black to black."
Bryan Larson will be paying close attention to President Obama's thoughts about the environment tonight. The 18-year-old high school student from upstate New York is already on board with environmental preservation but it didn't come as easily as you might expect. Bryan and his dad Carl Larson live in logging country, where being an "environmentalist" isn't always considered a good thinng.
Christine Byl spent more than ten years clearing trails and building rock walls as a seasonal worker in Glacier National and Denali National Parks. She talks with Phoebe Judge about her new book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods.
We have recently been running a series on your summer jobs - what they were and how they have changed you. Today Dick speaks with Connie Jones. Connie grew up in the rural south. She was headed to jail, not college. But a stranger arrived in town to set up a paper that planned to do investigative journalism into, among other things, race relations.
Our series continues today with a look at technology. Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst, has seen plenty of water filters that fail and he talks about the "people factor." Physicist Ashok Gadgil grew up in India where several of his baby cousins died from bad drinking water. He came up with a kind of filter that's cheap and easy to repair, and he's hopeful about the success. It means millions of people now have clean water to drink.
This story is about what can happen when toxins leak into drinking water - and how tough it is to get answers when those responsible are reluctant to talk. Jerry Ensminger is a retired Marine. He has known for the past 14 years that the water his family drank at Camp LeJeune was contaminated. In fact, he believes his daughter died from exposure to contaminated water. Jerry is still waiting for someone to take responsibility.
We started our water series at Lake Mead on the border between Nevada and Arizona. If we follow the Virgin River north from there, it would lead us to Zion Canyon, Utah. This story doesn’t talk about the water, but rather the climb up those canyon walls, to a place called Angels Landing. Produced by Scott Carrier.