Lauren Valentino and Jarratt Moody went on a trip to visit some 70 state parks in California that are slated to be closed to save money. The two filmmakers drove around in an old airport van and filmed people in the parks.
Kathy Hopwood holds dear her memories of hanging out in Washington, D.C. one day with the Wicked Witch of the West, actress Margaret Hamilton. Kathy met the famous thespian unexpectedly and spent close to 24 hours with her.
Except when it isn't. We check in with Julia Trigg Crawford who is fighting the TransCanada Corporation as it lays pipe for the XL Pipeline. When Julia started her fight, less than a year ago, she was sure she could stop the company from digging up the land she’d inherited from her family. But the digging has begun – in spite of ongoing litigation.
When the Sago mine disaster happened in 2006, singer Kathy Mattea was reminded of another mining disaster from her childhood in West Virginia. It was 1968. Her parents were glued to the television as news of 78 trapped Sago miners came across the screen. Rescuers eventually had to give up.
The rhino’s horn is highly prized for its medicinal qualities in Asia, and the poaching in Africa has become increasingly sophisticated. Hunters use helicopters to chase down the rhinos and cut off their horns. Raoul du Toit tracks the massive beasts and relocates them to safety. He won this year’s prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work.
Before Frank McCourt became famous as the author of "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis," he was for 30 years a high school English teacher in New York. His book about that experience is "Teacher Man." Also in this episode, Meredith Sorenson hikes all 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Plus, a man named Mervin Jenkins turns his life around.