When JR Shute and Pat Rakes go fishing, they’re not looking for bass or trout. They use very small nets to collect fish that are on the verge of extinction. Also: Victor Vangelakos is a firefighter from New Jersey who bought a condo in South Florida as the real estate market was collapsing. For the past couple of years, Victor's family were the only people living in a 32-story condo high rise. And, the first Torah in the world created entirely by female scribes as part of the Women's Torah Project.
Jess Hagerman was asked to run rescue missions the morning that Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in May, 1980. Stephanie Guediri was 14 when she and her family went for a day trip to a national park and got caught in a curious fast-approaching ash cloud. Martin Cunningham was about to fulfil his dream of running the Boston Marathon, when his flight from the UK was canceled due to a volcanic ash plume hovering over Europe.
The poor economy is forcing thousands of horse owners to give up their companions and, in some cases, euthanize them. When Diane Branton’s work hours were cut and gas prices rose, she could no longer afford to feed her horses.
Cleve Hicks has been studying chimps for 10 years, the last four in the Congo. The preserve where his study was being conducted was overrun by illegal gold miners last year. So Cleve and his crew had to leave the preserve and set up shop somewhere else.
William McDonough has been designing for environmental sustainability since long before the environmental movement had coined the term "green design." When Bill was living in Hong Kong, he saw extreme suffering and scarcity. In the U.S., he saw extreme abundance and waste. Bill is now devoted to overturning those extremes. Also on the show: brush with fame - a flight attendant makes friends with Judy Garland.