Dave Albin recently had a peculiar winged visitor in the backyard of his home in northwest Indiana. The bird, a purple gallinule, with its bright yellow feet, purple feathers and red beak, is native to tropical marshy areas of North and South America. But for some reason, the bird stuck around the koi ponds of Dave’s home.
Port Arthur, Texas is a town ringed by petrochemical plants and refineries. Hilton Kelley lives there, and for the past ten years he has made it his business to be a kind of watchdog. And today he collects a major environmental award for his efforts - a 2011 Goldman Prize.
Also in this episode, we’ve asked listeners to call the Open Mic line with stories of dreams coming true. Elizabeth Borowsky called to tell about how she helped Dick Smith realize a lifelong dream.
Every time he steps on an ant - or more often, saves one - guest host Sean Cole thinks about the time he spent with Stefan Cover. Stefan is an ant researcher and curator who oversees a massive ant collection at Harvard University.
Despite all the research and pink ribbon campaigns, breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer in American women. Close to one quarter of the women who get breast cancer will die from it, and African American women are particularly at risk.
A little over two years ago, Brenda Muckelvene found a lump in her breast. Her experience with the treatment and recovery was frightening at times. One of the hardest parts was losing her hair -- Brenda had been a hair stylist.