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.
Dick speaks with Mary Simon, president of Canada’s national Inuit organization, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Simon grew up in a rural Quebecois trading post without roads, and now travels constantly representing 55,000 Inuit from the country’s northernmost reaches.
Dr. Georges Bwelle works in Cameroon, West Africa. He has a day job, but on the weekend he heads into the bush with a rented van and medical supplies to do surgeries for people in remote villages. The Story producer Anita “Bekang” Woodley was in Cameroon this past summer, with a tape recorder, looking for her own ancestral village when she happened upon the doctor by chance. Today, we’ll hear Anita’s story of returning to her village, and Dr. Georges' story of bringing health care to rural Africans. Also: from Enron to real estate. And, does your daughter have dad hair?
Karen Lee has seen both sides of the Florida housing boom. She worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and in 2004, succumbed to the allure of skyrocketing housing prices. She and her husband sold their Key West dream home for $1.6 million and invested the money in other real estate.
Maria Gunnoe's family has lived on the same West Virginia land since they settled there after escaping the Trail of Tears. The area has long been coal mining country. Maria's grandfather and two brothers mined for coal. But the methods of mining for coal have begun to change to something called "mountain top removal".
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.