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.
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.
For years, the writer Wilton Barnhardt avoided living in his home state of North Carolina or writing about it. But in his newest novel, he dives into the ups and downs of a prominent family from the state's largest city.
Bob Goodale wrote to say that he has really enjoyed our series of summer job stories. When he was thirteen years old, Bob had an interesting summer job. Bob wrote, "I was a sauerkraut runner. Sauerkraut is cabbage and salt. The cabbage becomes moldy if the salt isn't evenly dispersed. In Iowa during 'sauerkraut season,' young men in hip boots trudged around in huge vats. My inseam is only 28" today, so you know I was a shorty back then. My job was to get in the vats when the brine was below their knees and 'run' around until the brine was well over their knees!"
Earlier this month in Washington D.C., former government officials and cabinet members sat around a table to discuss our nation's reliance on oil. But they didn't show PowerPoint slides - they played a game. The simulation is called Oil ShockWave, and enacts what might happen in an actual oil crisis. Gene Sperling, former economic advisor to President Clinton, played the role of secretary of the Treasury. Also in this episode: a similar simulation focused on citizen reaction. And: a shoplfting season