In 2008, a tornado swept through Tom Cook’s home, killing his wife. Distraught, he moved with his daughter to Joplin, Mo., where he bought a new house – and a steel shelter. When a tornado came three years later, they were prepared.
Nnimmo Bassey runs a Nigerian NGO that works to hold oil companies accountable for the oil they spill. He talks with Dick Gordon about how he was drawn into working on behalf of people in the Niger Delta and what keeps him going, despite the danger and hopelessness he’s faced over the years. Also in this show, remembering Senator Robert Byrd.
Jerry Spangler spent years working as a journalist, and he has now turned his investigative skills towards a very personal quest: Jerry is trying to save archeological sites that are threatened by the production of oil and natural gas in Utah. Also in this episode: confessions of a straight spouse.
Most home builders in Florida have been struggling to get by, but Steve Ellis' construction business is thriving. Steve renovates older, smaller houses to be cooler and more energy efficient. And in the process he's made green living affordable. Steve tells Dick Gordon how the values his father taught him shaped both his business plan, and Steve's plans for his own new green vacation home.Also in this episodes: tubes tied at 27. And an update on our story of shark finning.
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.
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.