Economic decline has left Detroit with many abandoned buildings. Jim Griffioen lives in the city and has been documenting the destruction of some of those buildings by "scrappers," people who strip abandoned buildings of valuable metals.
In downtown Providence, R.I., a massive shopping mall dominates the skyline. Some residents like Michael Townsend have been grumbling since the mall was first built in 1999. In 2003, Michael and a few friends decided to challenge their own critical perspective on the mall with an experiment - for one week, they vowed to never leave the mall. They would eat, bathe, and find a place to sleep there. The experiment ended up lasting 4 years. Also in this episode: Ashley Menger decided to carry all her non-recyclable trash with her at all times for a period of two weeks, just to see how much there was.
The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season begins today, and researchers expect it to be intense. Jeff Masters has a lot of personal experience with hurricanes. He spent 4 years flying through the most extraordinary weather on the planet as a flight meteorologist with the Hurricane Hunters at NOAA. Dick talks with Jeff about what he saw flying into Hurricane Gilbert, and the time he was nearly killed flying into Hurricane Hugo. Also on the show: a Catholic tradition helps a Jewish woman find her husband - a rabbi.
When Dick was living in India, he remembers the system that delivered water to tanks on the roof, which then sent pressurized water down into the home. It's the same in New York. Producer Joe Richman of Radio Diaries gets up on the roof and talks with the men who build and repair those tanks, now a classic part of the skyline.
Luke Tipple, a marine biologist, grew up swimming and diving off the coast of southern Australia. He knows how to get the upper hand with a shark in the water, and has been hired by long distance swimmer Diana Nyad to protect her on a swim from Cuba to Florida.