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.
When Jenny Brown was laid off from her job in Oregon, she was offered a job as a captain of a river ferry even though she had no experience with boats. She was happy she found the job, and discovered unexpected benefits.
Boxing announcer Marc Lichtenfeld balances his day job in finance with his night job in the ring. Also in his episode, Mike Sacks has spent many nights on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court in order to be first in line to hear the Court’s oral arguments.
Bob Goodale had an interesting summer job. Bob wrote to us, "I was a sauerkraut runner...My job was to get in the vats when the brine was below their knees and 'run' around until the brine was well over their knees!"
Brian Manning has been listening to our series of stories about people whose lives are contradictory in some way. Brian wrote in to tell us that by day he is a college student studying theater - by night he is a men's room attendant, offering soap and cologne for tips.
Keith Knight wanted to be a cartoonist ever since he did a high school report on Animal Farm in the form of a comic book. Keith's teacher gave him an A-plus. The life of a cartoonist was not easy and certainly wasn't lucrative. But Keith caught a big break last year when he launched his first syndicated comic strip, which started running in many high profile papers. Then the bottom fell out of the newspaper industry.
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.
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.