For the last 20 years, Lisa Curran has been living and working in the forests of Indonesia to help locals learn how to preserve what rightfully belongs to them. Her work recently won her a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship of $500,000. Also in this episode, Val Johnson of Chicago.
When marine sciences grad student Lisa Nigro got a call one Friday a few weeks back, she didn’t have time to think about being part of history. She had three days to prepare for a scientific expedition to help study the newly-discovered oil plumes drifting in the Gulf of Mexico.
No sunsets or sun rises. Twenty below zero is the average summer temp. No leaving in the winter, unless it’s an emergency. That’s all in a day’s work for the employees in Antarctica. Jerry Macala did a stint at the South Pole from 2001 to 2002. He says his time there was life changing. Now, he’s trying to save a piece of South Pole history: he’s trying to salvage a giant dome that’s being decommissioned. Dick talks with Jerry about what it’s like to work in Antarctica.
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.
Producer Dmae Roberts travels to Taiwan with her mother. Together they grapple with her mother's harrowing childhood during World War II. This story is highly personal and inventive, a journey of sound and story.