Tom Mylan was a vegetarian before he became interested in the many ways a piece of beef can be butchered and eaten. Now, Mylan is obsessed with knowing the farm - and farmer - raising his beef, and gives sold-out cutting classes at his Brooklyn butcher shop the Meat Hook.
Jen Blood met a new guy and they had a lot in common, including a love of animals. Over the next year and a half, Jen discovered that her boyfriend was actually an animal hoarder. They were living in an abandoned elementary school in rural Kentucky, struggling to care for dozens of animals. Jen tells Dick Gordon about her growing realization that she’d become an unwitting participant in an animal hoarding operation, and what made her finally leave the situation. Also: kayak polo.
Charlie Sydnor is a rancher and doctor in North Carolina who used to be part of the mainstream cattle industry, trucking them off to the feedlot to fatten up on grain before getting slaughtered. On September 11, 2001, the bottom dropped out of the beef market. Charlie lost a lot of money and that led to a realization - he wanted to raise his cows differently. Also on the show: a Palestinian journalist tries to explain the political situation in Gaza to her three-year-old son. And, a follow up with the proud moms of a newborn baby boy.
Before Frank McCourt became famous as the author of "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis," he was for 30 years a high school English teacher in New York. His book about that experience is "Teacher Man." Also in this episode, Meredith Sorenson hikes all 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Plus, a man named Mervin Jenkins turns his life around.
This week, Japanese scientists are admitting that the radiation leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant were much worse than initially reported. Mitsuo Sato has a farm in nearby Naraha, part of the nuclear exclusion zone. He hasn't been allowed home to feed his animals in nearly two months. The last time he was there, he was forced to let his prized beef cattle loose to roam. The land is not safe for his grandchildren to live on and he is unsure when things will ever return to normal.