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.
Josh Fox is a filmmaker who lives in upstate Pennsylvania. The more he learned about how natural gas is extracted, the more worried he became about its effect on people's health, the environment, and in particular, the water.
Three people comment on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: Colonel Daniel Bordelon, the Commander of the Engineer Task Force with the Louisiana National Guard; Michael Ziccardi, director of The Oiled Wildlife Care Network; David Morris, Emergency Response consultant specializing in oil spills.
Marvin Killgore is a meteorite hunter, collector and dealer. His hunts have taken him all over the world. In Siberia, he took his metal detector into the forest. On his way out, he saw tiger tracks covering his own. He tells Dick that the challenge is to not only find the meteorites, but to figure out how to get them home. Also on the show: a man finds a 3.92 white carat diamond on the ground. And, a corn maze that may just save a family farm.
Clyde Butcher's color photographs of natural settings were a commercial success. After he moved his family from California to Florida, he got curious about taking black and white photos in the swamps, but he shied away from doing so because he feared those photographs would never sell. Then Clyde's son Ted was killed in a traffic accident. A few months later, Clyde went to the dump with $300,000 worth of commercial color photography equipment and threw it out. Clyde went straight to the swamps of the Everglades and started photographing in black and white. They were among the most successful photographs he's ever taken. Also in this episode: writer Cynthia Barnett, author of the book "Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S." And, a man who admits to committing mortgage fraud.
Tim DeChristopher is on trial this week for “monkey wrenching” a federal oil and gas auction. When he heard about an auction of drilling leases for 150,000 acres of public land in Southern Utah, he attended the auction, got a paddle, and began to bid. Soon he had secured leases worth over 1.5 million dollars, and he didn’t have the money. Does Tim deserve to go to jail as a felon? He joins Dick to talk about his case.
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.