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.
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.
Today: the final installment of our series, Good Water. When Jeff Kelble’s Shenandoah River fishing guide business ran into trouble because of fish kills, he had a choice: move on to healthier rivers, or stay and fight. He decided that he couldn’t turn his back on the river - so he took a job as the Riverkeeper.
Jack Mullowney is 91 years old, and has vivid memories of the Great Depression. He shares some of those memories with Dick Gordon, along with one of his favorite stories from his career. Jack worked for the company that came up with the Green Giant advertising campaign. Jack was the one who suggested the giant should become a little more jolly. Jack now works as a commodities trader - he has no interest in retiring.
This week, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit demanding that the Department of Interior do more to protect endangered sea turtles from the effects of oil drilling off the Gulf Coast. David Godfrey is not waiting for the outcome of that litigation. He’s a native of Florida, a conservationist, and one of the many people fighting to save sea turtles from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also, if you saw the Pixar movie 'Up,' you probably thought nobody can really fly with balloons. Well, you can.
When the last restaurant Daniel Giddens worked for closed, he got tired of looking for another job. He took unemployment and posted his resume on Monster.com. Before long, companies offering him bookkeeping work at home got in touch, and then some started sending checks. Dan knew it looked a little shady, but he was curious to see what would happen, so he took one of the checks to the bank and cashed it. Also on the show: a year without plastic.
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.