We think our feet are always on solid ground, but in Florida it's more like Swiss cheese. Dick speaks to Casey McKinlay, who, along with his diving partner Jarrod Jablonski, pulled off a 21-hour dive through underwater caves that connect sinkholes.
It’s been 6 months since the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. We hear from Angela Walters, who has spent hours and hours each week gathering up photographs that were lost to the winds and connecting them back to the photo’s owner.
Climb up 130 feet into the crown of a rainforest tree in New Guinea and wait. And wait. Wildlife photographer Tim Laman tells Dick about his journey to photograph every species of the Birds of Paradise. It took him 8 years and 18 expeditions to do it, and there are still a few he was not able to capture. The feathers and colors are hard to believe.
There are still more than a million and a half people living in tents and under tarps in Haiti. Many of the tarps have been out in the sun for months … so they're starting to fall apart. Now that it's the rainy season, they leak. Sandra Amilcar says all she can do us is gather her two kids under a corner of the tarp and try to stay dry.
When the Sago mine disaster happened in 2006, singer Kathy Mattea was reminded of another mining disaster from her childhood in West Virginia. It was 1968. Her parents were glued to the television as news of 78 trapped Sago miners came across the screen. Rescuers eventually had to give up.
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.