Dick speaks with scientist John Priscu about Russian researchers finding water as they dug into miles of ice in Antarctica. They tested the ice and there is life and they are excited about what they might find in these sub glacial lakes.Learn more about the lake the U.S. is researching
In the 90a, Dr. William Boden was concerned there wasn't enough data to show how effective stents actually were in the long term. So he conducted a trial, called Courage, that looked at patients with stable but chronic angina. The results were highly contentious, especially for interventional cardiologists like Rajiv Jauhar. Dr. Boden and Dr. Jauhar talk to Dick Gordon about treating chest pain with and without stents, and the challenges of practicing medicine in the enormously complicated U.S. health care system. Also in this episode, a check-in with Roody Joseph.
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.
Bart Walter used to identify himself as a biologist who loved carving wooden birds. Today, Bart is celebrated for his ability to create sculptures of wild animals right where he finds them, in the wild. Also in this episode: a brush with fame - a listener has a moment with the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall.
For the last five years, photographer Murray Ballard has followed the practice of cryogenics and the people who choose to freeze themselves after death in the hopes that technology will allow them to come back to life.
Ma Jun, a former investigative journalist in Beijing, is pressuring global companies to clean up their act in his country. Using public information, he has made maps of the air and water pollution left by the supply chain of companies such as Apple.
When JR Shute and Pat Rakes go fishing, they’re not looking for bass or trout. They use very small nets to collect fish that are on the verge of extinction. Also: Victor Vangelakos is a firefighter from New Jersey who bought a condo in South Florida as the real estate market was collapsing. For the past couple of years, Victor's family were the only people living in a 32-story condo high rise. And, the first Torah in the world created entirely by female scribes as part of the Women's Torah Project.
About ten years ago, Christopher Swain developed a crush on a river. He was living in Eugene, Oregon and became fascinated with the Columbia River, which runs from the wilds of Canada into the Pacific Ocean northwest of Portland. When Lewis and Clark explored the Pacific Northwest, the river was 'clear at any depth', no pollution, no dams, and full of fish. Christopher saw that the river had been abused and contaminated over the years, and wanted to do something to help.
Clyde Butcher's color photographs of natural settings were a commercial success. After he moved his family from California to Florida, he got curious about taking black and white photos in the swamps, but he shied away from doing so because he feared those photographs would never sell. Then Clyde's son Ted was killed in a traffic accident. A few months later, Clyde went to the dump with $300,000 worth of commercial color photography equipment and threw it out. Clyde went straight to the swamps of the Everglades and started photographing in black and white. They were among the most successful photographs he's ever taken. Also in this episode: writer Cynthia Barnett, author of the book "Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S." And, a man who admits to committing mortgage fraud.