Joe Leathers is General Manager of the Four Sixes Ranch of Gutherie, Texas. He talked with Dick Gordon from Montana, where he has taken 1,200 of his Black Angus cattle to Montana to find grass as wildfires burn up much of their home land.
About ten years ago, Christopher Swain developed a crush on a river. He was living in Eugene, Oregon and became fascinated with the Columbia River, which runs from the wilds of Canada into the Pacific Ocean northwest of Portland. When Lewis and Clark explored the Pacific Northwest, the river was 'clear at any depth', no pollution, no dams, and full of fish. Christopher saw that the river had been abused and contaminated over the years, and wanted to do something to help.
These are uncertain days for the car industry. President Obama was at a GM plant on Friday talking about what the government has done to help troubled U.S. manufacturers. One place the car industry is growing is in the American South - but it's not American carmakers. In Mississippi, Barry Emison trains the next generation of Toyota workers. In Georgia, Chris Frost works for a local Kia auto plant supplier.
Earlier this month in Washington D.C., former government officials and cabinet members sat around a table to discuss our nation's reliance on oil. But they didn't show PowerPoint slides - they played a game. The simulation is called Oil ShockWave, and enacts what might happen in an actual oil crisis. Gene Sperling, former economic advisor to President Clinton, played the role of secretary of the Treasury. Also in this episode: a similar simulation focused on citizen reaction. And: a shoplfting season
Policy makers at the state and national level are considering creative ways to reintegrate ex-felons into society. Doug Haas Bennett had a unique approach - she employed former prisoners in her costume shop. also in this episode: a straight spouse, and biologist Bart Walter.
The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season begins today, and researchers expect it to be intense. Jeff Masters has a lot of personal experience with hurricanes. He spent 4 years flying through the most extraordinary weather on the planet as a flight meteorologist with the Hurricane Hunters at NOAA. Dick talks with Jeff about what he saw flying into Hurricane Gilbert, and the time he was nearly killed flying into Hurricane Hugo. Also on the show: a Catholic tradition helps a Jewish woman find her husband - a rabbi.
Ritsuko Robinson grew up in her family’s inn on the bay in Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She lives in the U.S. now, but she was planning to go back for an important family ceremony this April. Since the tsunami, though, she’s had only spotty contact with family members, and she’s sure the most cherished family possession - the inn - has been destroyed.
What made Robert Hawkins take a rifle and shoot strangers last week in Omaha? Today, Dick talks to Josh Stroder, a young man who had something in common with Mr. Hawkins. When Josh was 14, he went to high school in a rural area and didn't fit in. He started getting bullied and before long, he was feeling at odds with everyone. Also in this episode, Gary Yohe is the lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations agency that accepts the Nobel Peace Prize today with Al Gore.
Tom Mylan was a vegetarian before he became interested in the many ways a piece of beef can be butchered and eaten. Now, Mylan is obsessed with knowing the farm - and farmer - raising his beef, and gives sold-out cutting classes at his Brooklyn butcher shop the Meat Hook.