Dick speaks with Dr. Azzam Alwash, who works with the conservation group Nature Iraq trying to recreate the wetlands of Iraq. They were destroyed by Saddam Hussein, who wanted to eliminate the livelihood of Arabs who live in the marshlands.
Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. He tells Dick Gordon about the opposition he encountered along the way.
When marine sciences grad student Lisa Nigro got a call one Friday a few weeks back, she didn’t have time to think about being part of history. She had three days to prepare for a scientific expedition to help study the newly-discovered oil plumes drifting in the Gulf of Mexico.
The pesticide DDT was outlawed in this country in 1972. One of the loudest voices calling for the ban was Lorrie Otto's. She remembers exactly when she first realized something was wrong: all the robins in her neighborhood were dying and falling like lead weights to the ground. She gathered the dead robins up in a basket and took them to her state legislature. Also in this episode, after just 2 years as a wedding DJ, Alex Davy has witnessed both brawls and poignant speeches - all the while providing the background music. Alex shares his best stories, and his insights into that notorious nuptial event, the wedding reception.
As a very young photojournalist, Kate Brooks covered the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, she’s been asking basic questions, like “Why do I, as a photographer, need to photograph another dead child for people to understand the realities of war?”