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.
It took nine years, but earlier this week the Cape Wind Project got the go-ahead. Pete Ferrell is a rancher in Kansas who fought and won a similar fight.Also in this episode, Mike Cianchette was a project operations manager at Stetson Mountain -- New England's largest wind farm.
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.
For many pregnant women age 35 or older, doctors recommend prenatal testing for abnormalities. But some procedures carry a risk of causing miscarriages. Dr. Ravinder "Rav" Dhallan is on a mission to take that risk away. He has created a non-invasive DNA-based prenatal test. Also in this episode, a listener reaction to our story of Charles Hickman, an African American man who was strangled with a noose in 2002 by a white co-worker.
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.
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.