Producer Zak Rosen takes us into an imagined city - a future Detroit. It's based on map-maker Neil Greenberg's vision of new transit ways that may create a closer knit community. Greenberg's latest project is the Freshwater Railway.
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.
Lee Jones is a farmer in Ohio. He saw his family farm auctioned off in the 80’s. But Farmer Jones has figured out a way to prosper as a farmer: quality over quantity. Dick Gordon spoke with Lee at a live event by Avalon Housing in Michigan.
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.
Radio producer Sean Cole is a poet (and he knows what you think of poets). One night, drunk and stumbling along the Hudson River with his friend Malissa O’Donnell, he discovered a monument to two of his poetry heroes. See more photos here.