Jay Baliga’s invention of a small chip that fits into everyday items won him the National Medal for Technology and Innovation, the highest honor made to inventors. The chip has also saved a lot of energy.
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.
As investigators try to determine what happened to the nineteen firefighters who died near Yarnell, Arizona, we remember the Mann Gulch canyon wall fire of 1949. Smokejumper Bob Sallee is now the lone survivor of that fire, which burned 4,500 acres in Montana.
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.
There's a lot of money in green energy these days, and a lot of public interest in getting away from fossil fuels. Many states are looking at generating power through wind. In a remote part of Maine, a wind power company has already set up 38 turbines. Stetson Mountain is now New England's largest wind farm.
Mike Cianchette is the project operations manager there.
William McDonough has been designing for environmental sustainability since long before the environmental movement had coined the term "green design." When Bill was living in Hong Kong, he saw extreme suffering and scarcity. In the U.S., he saw extreme abundance and waste. Bill is now devoted to overturning those extremes. Also on the show: brush with fame - a flight attendant makes friends with Judy Garland.