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.
Arizona restaurant owner Harjit Sodhi lost two brothers to hate crimes after September 11, 2001 - a time when many Sikhs were targeted. He says the justice and kindness in America convinced him to stay in the U.S. But now tougher immigration laws threaten his business. Also on the show: one family's unexpected confrontation with the police.
Nick Casey of the Wall Street Journal teamed up with a crime scene photographer to chronicle one day of drug violence in Acapulco, Mexico. Dick Gordon talks to them about the how the Mexican drug wars has changed they way they work and live.
Each year Huy Dao receives thousands of letters from prisoners across the country hoping to be freed. Huy is the intake coordinator for The Innocence Project. It is his job to decide which cases the organization will take on and who has enough evidence to prove that they were wrongfully convicted.
Lori Price had spent almost 2 decades doing what she loved - reporting for a newspaper. But when the recession hit, like many journalists, Lori was strongly encouraged to accept a buy-out, which she did. She moved back home to Texas and had a lot of trouble finding work. Also in this show: The Rescue Effort: An Update
When Tony and his wife Susan Sloan fell on hard economic times recently, they moved the whole family in with Susan's mother - Tony, Susan, their teenage son Ben, three dogs and two cats. Tony and Susan talk with Dick Gordon about the challenges of that arrangement, and why they think they've hit on a smart idea.
Mauricio grew up in war-ravaged El Salvador and South Central L.A. He says he lived life never thinking about his future because he had a hard enough time surviving day-to-day. He was 16 when he stumbled upon a summer program that took him out of L.A. and into the California wilderness. That experience, he says, is what finally gave him the ability to think about and plan for a better future.
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.