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
Novelist Wilton Barnhardt was living in Laguna Beach, Calif. in November 1993, when brush fires from interior canyons and valleys destroyed 1,000 homes. Wilton wended his way home from work through all the emergency barricades to save his personal belongings: above all, a novel he was writing at the time. Also on the show: one doctor remembers eradicating small pox decades ago, and another doctor uses new technology to track infectious disease today.
As the final Space Shuttle retires, engineer Vance Gloster remembers the first shuttle landing in 1981. Next to the astronauts, he may have had the best view - from the "radar hill" at Edwards Air Force Base. Vance was there monitoring the tracking system he designed and built. Vance talks with guest host Sean Cole about his part in the first space shuttle landing.
Forty years ago, Mark Cohen moved to Kenya with his wife and toddler in order to complete his doctoral research in archeology. He spent time surveying archeological sites on foot and coming nose-to-nose with African wildlife. That approach, he says in retrospect, was naïve and stupid.
When Kelley Marks and her family moved into Detroit’s Morningside community in December 2006, the neighborhood was filled with vacant lots and run-down houses. But for Kelley it was the chance of a lifetime to own a home and make a difference. Also, Josh Fox and his film, Gasland.
It has been over 6 months since the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti, and good news is hard to find. But in the village of LaSource, 50 miles outside of Port-au-Prince, residents are celebrating the completion of a project that is bringing them fresh water for the first time. As a child, Josue Lajeunesse trekked 20 miles round trip up a nearby mountain to fetch clean water.
Most home builders in Florida have been struggling to get by, but Steve Ellis' construction business is thriving. Steve renovates older, smaller houses to be cooler and more energy efficient. And in the process he's made green living affordable. Steve tells Dick Gordon how the values his father taught him shaped both his business plan, and Steve's plans for his own new green vacation home.Also in this episodes: tubes tied at 27. And an update on our story of shark finning.