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.
Cleve Hicks has been studying chimps for 10 years, the last four in the Congo. The preserve where his study was being conducted was overrun by illegal gold miners last year. So Cleve and his crew had to leave the preserve and set up shop somewhere else.
Four years ago a tornado tore into Greensburg, Kansas, flattening the town. Greensburg is now back, stronger and greener, but the more private story is that it’s a lot harder to bounce back when the people you love are gone. Dick Gordon speaks with two residents of the town, Bob Dixson and Norm Volz, about how to rebuild when all seems lost. Also in this episode, a musical memory from Nanci Griffith, plus Delsie Bailey shares the story of her daughter Faith.
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.