A conversation today with victims of oil spills past and present. Charlie Seal is a Gulf coast fisherman who is waiting to see the effects of the BP blow-out. RJ Kopchak was a fisherman in Cordova, Alaska when the Exxon Valdez ran aground.
Drought and development have brought California to another crisis over water. Dick Gordon first speaks with Todd Allen. Todd was raised on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley and has run his own farm for 12 years. Dick also speaks with Larry Collins. Larry, based at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, has been a commercial salmon fisherman for 28 years.
Willie Corduff is a farmer who lives in northwest Ireland. In 2000, Willie learned that Shell Oil planned to build a high-pressure gas pipeline that would run across his land. Willie said no to Shell's plans. But both Shell and the Irish government told him he had no choice in the matter. Rather than consent, Willie and four neighbors went to jail. This year, Willie was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize - the world's largest prize honoring grassroots environmentalists. Also in this episode: Chuck Fister's story of the stolen horse and buggy.
On August 2, 2005, journalist Steven Vincent was kidnapped and later murdered in Basra, Iraq. Nour al-Khal, his translator, was with him when he died. Since that time, Steven's wife, Lisa, has been working to get Nour refugee status in the United States. Guest host Scott Jagow talks with Nour and Lisa about what it was like to meet for the first time at the airport, and how they're settling into life together in New York City. Also on the show: the lasting legacy of the Tiananmen Square massacre. And, a man breaks one of the cardinal rules of bear encounters…don't run.