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.
In 1958, a coal mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia collapsed, killing 74 men and trapping 100 underground. Over a week, crews raced against time to find them. Covering the story from the pithead was a young reporter named Jack MacAndrew. His work was part of the first live international television coverage of a disaster in history. As the world awaits the latest news from the rescue efforts for the 33 trapped miners in Chile, Jack talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw and learned at the Springhill Mines. Also: the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. And, a road trip to remember.
It's been three months since Hurricane Ike - one of the most destructive hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. Like most of her neighbors on the coast near Galveston, Texas, Dana Bethune will be spending this holiday season camped out in someone else's home. Her home was destroyed, and has yet to be rebuilt. Also in this episode, another in our series of "When Politics Gets Personal."
Sometimes a fishing story is about more than just the fish. Rick Jackson is a prize winning fisherman. He takes his dad out fishing every year on his dad's birthday. One day when the two were out fishing, they caught bigger and better bass than either one of them had ever seen. Rick's a serious fisherman and he couldn't make sense of it, until he realized they were fishing on the anniversary of his younger brother's accidental death.
When David Hutton began raising chickens in his backyard, he thought it would be easy. He liked the idea of self-sufficiency and it sounded like fun. David soon discovered what a pecking order really means.
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.