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.
At 91 years old, Henry Stone is still at work as a record producer. He remembers producing one of Ray Charles' earliest recordings, and hand-selling early R&B albums to train porters and in barbershops.
Alessandro Portelli may be best known for oral history work in his native Italy, but in many ways, his heart is in Harlan County, Kentucky. He first heard about Appalachian culture in 1960s folk songs, but he didn't get a chance to visit Kentucky until 1973. That's when he first met Annie Napier, a woman he'd later consider family. Alessandro joins Dick to talk about the people he met in Harlan County and what they taught him about the importance of listening to one another.
Sixty years ago this summer, a fire occurred that redefined modern forest fire fighting. Bob Sallee was just 17 years old when he joined the smokejumpers, an elite new group of forest fire fighters. On his very first jump he parachuted down to battle the Mann Gulch blaze outside of Helena, Mont. The blaze seemed routine at first - but fueled by high winds the fire suddenly blew up, it took on new life and jumped the gulch that had separated the smokejumpers from it.
There’s another winter pastime that demands stamina, long hours and patience: the work of the dog musher. Many are getting teams ready for the upcoming 390 mile long John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Today, we take you to the marathon with a special soundscape of the race from radio producer Curt Olson.