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
Water is essential and at the same time mystical. Karen Wilkening has been lucky enough to spend time in the Little Salt Spring Sinkhole in Florida. The depths of it hold treasures that fell or were put into the sinkhole over 10,000 years ago.
The fight against HIV-AIDS in Africa is a matter of two steps forward and one step back, as Catherine Piwang knows well. People were just beginning to talk about this mysterious new disease when she left Uganda in the late 80s. When she returned in 1996, seven of her siblings had died of HIV-AIDS and two more were gravely ill.
From the time she was a little girl, Barbara Quinn loved the idea of nursing. But after marriage, kids and a career as a public health nurse, at age 68 it was time to retire. Now she's 72 and back at work…as a volunteer. She works at a clinic staffed by health professionals who have come out of retirement to treat the needy.
Entrepreneurs have big plans for space. One is developing the first space hotel. Another is selling homesteads on Mars. Yet another is blasting people's ashes into the final frontier. And NASA is sketching its plans to build and permanently occupy a base on the moon by the year 2020. Dick talks to two astronauts who have been there. And they have lots of tales to tell.
Ikal Angelei is on a campaign to keep Ethiopia from building a damn near Lake Turkana. If completed, the Gibe 3 Dam would be the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa, and would dry up the fisheries used by thousands of people living in the desert around the lake.
Dr. Chiedza Jokonya was in Haiti recently to provide health care. Near Cap Haitien, she found a hospital in crisis - cholera patients lining the hallways. We also check in with a guest from 2006 who was influenced then and now by the federal policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." And we hear from a young couple starting a blue jean business with the help of the stimulus package.
Donn Young made a life as a successful photographer in New Orleans. He nearly lost all of his work when Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago. More than 1.5 million images were under 10 feet of water.
People in DeBerry, Texas have been drinking, cooking with, and bathing in bottled water for two years. Tests by industry and the EPA have confirmed their well water is unfit for use because it's contaminated, most likely from nearby oil and gas waste disposal sites. Dick talks with three people campaigning for cleaner water in the region. Also on the show: another edition of Ahmed's Diary. And, the world's fastest drummer.