Tom Mylan was a vegetarian before he became interested in the many ways a piece of beef can be butchered and eaten. Now, Mylan is obsessed with knowing the farm - and farmer - raising his beef, and gives sold-out cutting classes at his Brooklyn butcher shop the Meat Hook.
More than 150 vultures mysteriously moved into a two-block radius of Shelby, N.C. Kristen Duren, the woman charged with running the birds out of town, says the best deterrent was to hang vulture effigies upside down.
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.
New images released by NASA show that the red toxic sludge in Hungary is easily visible from space. In the small mountain town of Inez, Kentucky, Mickey and Nina McCoy watched the news footage with their own sense of foreboding. Ten years ago, they lived through their own such disaster when more than 300 million gallons of coal sludge poured down a mountain into their community. Mickey and Nina say that event pushed them to demand clean water, and fight environmental degradation in Appalachia. Also, an update on an attempt to make a car that can reach 300 mph. Also: a dream green home.
In recent years, the writing of one woman has helped bring scientists and opinion leaders a bit closer to understanding changes in the oceans. But Deborah Cramer doesn't come to this issue from a science background. In fact, she disliked science as a kid. But when she grew up, she moved to a home on the edge of a salt marsh, and soon she was captivated by what was happening in her own backyard. Also in the show: Starting a Christmas tradition
Politicians are all talking about alternative sources of energy. One such energy source is hydroelectric power, something Fred Ayer knows a lot about. Fred is a fisheries expert who's been involved with hydroelectric projects for decades. After emotional court battles over dam construction took a personal toll on him, Fred started consulting with environmental groups. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he now uses his expertise to bring together opposing sides. Recently, he helped negotiate the successful purchase of three dams along the Penobscot River. also, finding a new faith.
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.
Rafe Sagarin first moved to the California coast as a college student at Stanford. He bought all the John Steinbeck novels he could find and began exploring his new home through the salty characters of "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat." One of Steinbeck's most memorable characters is Doc. It did not take long for Rafe to realize Doc was the fictional version of Ed Ricketts, a biologist and one of John Steinbeck's closest friends. When Rafe learned Steinbeck and Ricketts had once gone on an expedition in the Mexican Sea of Cortez, his imagination lit up with the idea of recreating that journey. Also in this episode, walking while working a desk job.