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.
One year after the earthquake, farmer Mitsuo Sato still hasn't been able return home. Dick spoke with Mr. Sato last spring, and today producer Cori Princell finds out what has - and hasn't - changed for him since.
Ken Ilgunas has made a commitment to graduate from grad school debt-free. So he's living in a van at Duke University, cooking meals on a camping stove, and bathing at the university gym. Also: The Kruger family in New Jersey lives a typical American life, but they gained a new perspective when Pam Kruger, the mom, decided to try a house swap in France.
Larry and Ellen Johnson have lived in the Gulf Coast area their entire life and run a local seafood business called High Tide Foods. They catch and sell shrimp, oysters and crabs just as their parents did and their kids and grandkids are doing now. But as oil courses into the Gulf for the third straight month, the future of their business and their way of life is unclear.
Economic decline has left Detroit with many abandoned buildings. Jim Griffioen lives in the city and has been documenting the destruction of some of those buildings by "scrappers," people who strip abandoned buildings of valuable metals.
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.