If we thought about time the way Alexander Rose does, we would need a different clock – one that tells time into the future. Alexander has been trying to build a clock that will last for 10,000 years, a giant clock using different measures of time.
It took nine years, but earlier this week the Cape Wind Project got the go-ahead. Pete Ferrell is a rancher in Kansas who fought and won a similar fight.Also in this episode, Mike Cianchette was a project operations manager at Stetson Mountain -- New England's largest wind farm.
Duane Chapman is a researcher with the US Geologic Survey exploring high tech ways to control the exploding Asian carp population. But he wasn't always working to contain the invasive species. Also in this episode, more than one fisherman has suggested a straightforward way of dealing with Asian Carp - eat them, all of them. Dan Collision and Elizabeth Meister are two journalists who went out on the Illinois River to look into that argument. Plus, Rachel Friedman's protest.
Harry Bernstein was a child in England during World War I. He remembers when people living on his narrow street got word that their son or husband had died, they poured into the street to grieve and be consoled by their neighbors. It was one of the few times Harry can remember that the Jews and Christians on his street came together. The rest of the time, they lived in strict separation - the Jews on one side of the street, Christians on the other. Also on the show: another entry from Ahmed's Diary. And, a woman hears for the first time.
Dave Albin recently had a peculiar winged visitor in the backyard of his home in northwest Indiana. The bird, a purple gallinule, with its bright yellow feet, purple feathers and red beak, is native to tropical marshy areas of North and South America. But for some reason, the bird stuck around the koi ponds of Dave’s home.
Port Arthur, Texas is a town ringed by petrochemical plants and refineries. Hilton Kelley lives there, and for the past ten years he has made it his business to be a kind of watchdog. And today he collects a major environmental award for his efforts - a 2011 Goldman Prize.
Also in this episode, we’ve asked listeners to call the Open Mic line with stories of dreams coming true. Elizabeth Borowsky called to tell about how she helped Dick Smith realize a lifelong dream.
When writer Henry Shukman heard about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, he was intrigued by its reputation as Europe’s largest wildlife refuge. After all, for more than 25 years, few humans have been allowed access to the 1,600 sq. miles of land around the nuclear reactor there. Henry shared a meal with "resettlers," people who returned.