Biologist Andy Gregory is studying the success and failure of animal corridors - paths of land that link habitats. He says one of the best ones he's ever studied was in the no-man’s land that used to exist between East and West Germany.
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.
The world’s largest offshore wind farm officially opened this past weekend. It’s a collection of a hundred of the tallest such turbines off the coast of England. It’s called the Thanet Wind Farm and it’s supposed to be able to power 200,000 homes. Wind power is moving more slowly in the U.S., but the blades are starting to turn. Andy Swapp is a recent convert to wind power. Andy is a high school shop teacher who has enlisted his students to train in this booming new industry. Former student Cade Boyter joins the conversation. Also: a real life music man.
Maria Gunnoe's family has lived on the same West Virginia land since they settled there after escaping the Trail of Tears. The area has long been coal mining country. Maria's grandfather and two brothers mined for coal. But the methods of mining for coal have begun to change to something called "mountain top removal".
Rafe Sagarin first moved to the California coast as a college student at Stanford. He bought all the John Steinbeck novels he could find and began exploring his new home through the salty characters of "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat." One of Steinbeck's most memorable characters is Doc. It did not take long for Rafe to realize Doc was the fictional version of Ed Ricketts, a biologist and one of John Steinbeck's closest friends. When Rafe learned Steinbeck and Ricketts had once gone on an expedition in the Mexican Sea of Cortez, his imagination lit up with the idea of recreating that journey. Also in this episode, walking while working a desk job.
We started our water series at Lake Mead on the border between Nevada and Arizona. If we follow the Virgin River north from there, it would lead us to Zion Canyon, Utah. This story doesn’t talk about the water, but rather the climb up those canyon walls, to a place called Angels Landing. Produced by Scott Carrier.
An Iowa egg hatchery is under investigation by an egg farming cooperative due to allegations of abuse at one of its facilities. The allegations surfaced earlier this month, after an undercover investigator released videotaped footage of chicks being mutilated, thrown and scalded alive. Male chicks were ground up alive. Today, Dick Gordon talks with the undercover investigator in that case.