There's a project underway to identify a type of American Elm that's resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people across the country to help them identify healthy trees.
In 2008, a tornado swept through Tom Cook’s home, killing his wife. Distraught, he moved with his daughter to Joplin, Mo., where he bought a new house – and a steel shelter. When a tornado came three years later, they were prepared.
Jack Mullowney is 91 years old, and has vivid memories of the Great Depression. He shares some of those memories with Dick Gordon, along with one of his favorite stories from his career. Jack worked for the company that came up with the Green Giant advertising campaign. Jack was the one who suggested the giant should become a little more jolly. Jack now works as a commodities trader - he has no interest in retiring.
Back in the 70s, Wayne Goldman designed and built an electric car that he drove for years. It was perfect for city driving reaching a top speed of 45 mph. Consumers never got into it, and Wayne says that remains the problem today. Also on the show: running away and joining the circus.
Adrian Moreno was engaged in an experiment to get by on much less. He moved his family to a vacant lot on the far outskirts of San Diego within earshot of the Mexican border. At first, they lived in a tepee. Then Adrian built a house on the property for about $10,000. Adrian talks with Dick about how he taught himself construction and the art of living lightly.
Ned Breslin has spent twenty years trying to bring clean water to people in the developing world. While many people who do that kind of work tout their successes, Ned likes to talk about his failures. He says each one has taught him a little more about the magnitude of the challenges, and what it will take to make a difference. Photo: Ned's picture of Dona Fatima, the woman he met in Mozambique.
Right now, all over the world, projects are underway to store seeds. Biodiversity has plummeted in the last 50 years, and scientists fear climate change will kill varieties of apples, yams and many fruits and vegetables. Dick talks with seed collectors.
Ben Flanner is a pioneer of rooftop farming in Queens, New York. Preparing his one-acre farm required a lot of trips up the elevator, but he saw a good harvest last fall, and he says he's ready to plant again.