Jack Mullowney is 91 years old, and has vivid memories of the Great Depression. He shares some of those memories with Dick Gordon, along with one of his favorite stories from his career. Jack worked for the company that came up with the Green Giant advertising campaign. Jack was the one who suggested the giant should become a little more jolly. Jack now works as a commodities trader - he has no interest in retiring.
Ken Ilgunas has made a commitment to graduate from grad school debt-free. So he's living in a van at Duke University, cooking meals on a camping stove, and bathing at the university gym. Also: The Kruger family in New Jersey lives a typical American life, but they gained a new perspective when Pam Kruger, the mom, decided to try a house swap in France.
Casey DeMoss Roberts was 17 when her father, a oil rig drilling engineer, was killed onboard the Seacrest Drill Ship off the coast of Thailand. A typhoon capsized the vessel. Most of the workers onboard were killed, and the accident is still ranked among the deadliest rig accidents of all time. Inspired in part by her father’s death, Casey began studying the intersection of the environment with public health issues. She now lives in New Orleans and works for the Gulf Restoration Network - which is currently focusing on the effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also in this show, the music of Razia Said.
Clive Farrin is a lobsterman who has lived his whole life in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He loves being on the water and the independence of fishing. Like other lobstermen, Clive is struggling to pay his bills, but he's determined not to give up on the job he loves. Also in this show: inside a mortgage call center.
The idea of using renewable energy has been bounced around by both presidential candidates. Their ads feature wind turbines, which they've made a point of mentioning in their stump speeches. Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. Also in this episode, Phil DuMas was waiting to board a flight while drinking a huge cup of coffee. When he finally reached the ticket counter, he was doing what his family nicknames "the pee pee dance." When the attendant asked him what was wrong, Phil explained he had a case of "PPD." Little did he know that airline personnel understand PPD to mean "paranoid personality disorder."
Adrian Moreno was engaged in an experiment to get by on much less. He moved his family to a vacant lot on the far outskirts of San Diego within earshot of the Mexican border. At first, they lived in a tepee. Then Adrian built a house on the property for about $10,000. Adrian talks with Dick about how he taught himself construction and the art of living lightly.
A new nonprofit is building affordable housing by rehabbing foreclosed and abandoned houses that were slated for landfill. Also in this episode: Helen Roy is trying to keep her native language, Ojibwe, alive.