There's a project underway to identify a type of American Elm that's resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people across the country to help them identify healthy trees.
Christine Byl spent more than ten years clearing trails and building rock walls as a seasonal worker in Glacier National and Denali National Parks. She talks with Phoebe Judge about her new book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods.
The world’s largest offshore wind farm officially opened this past weekend. It’s a collection of a hundred of the tallest such turbines off the coast of England. It’s called the Thanet Wind Farm and it’s supposed to be able to power 200,000 homes. Wind power is moving more slowly in the U.S., but the blades are starting to turn. Andy Swapp is a recent convert to wind power. Andy is a high school shop teacher who has enlisted his students to train in this booming new industry. Former student Cade Boyter joins the conversation. Also: a real life music man.
This past week, BP earned a dubious new distinction. Although it’s not the first oil company to have a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s now officially the worst. In June 1979, the Ixtoc 1 offshore oil well exploded and oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 10 months. Within weeks oil was coating the beaches of south Texas. Leo Trevino was a college student back then in Corpus Christi, when one of his professors asked him to grab his diving gear and travel down to Mexico to check on a research site not far from the Ixtoc. Along the way, Leo and another grad student surveyed the Mexican coastline, looking for oil and documenting recovery efforts. Leo talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw on his Ixtoc roadtrip, and how well the Gulf of Mexico has recovered in the three decades since. Also in this show, surprising dad.
Earlier this month in Washington D.C., former government officials and cabinet members sat around a table to discuss our nation's reliance on oil. But they didn't show PowerPoint slides - they played a game. The simulation is called Oil ShockWave, and enacts what might happen in an actual oil crisis. Gene Sperling, former economic advisor to President Clinton, played the role of secretary of the Treasury. Also in this episode: a similar simulation focused on citizen reaction. And: a shoplfting season
On August 2, 2005, journalist Steven Vincent was kidnapped and later murdered in Basra, Iraq. Nour al-Khal, his translator, was with him when he died. Since that time, Steven's wife, Lisa, has been working to get Nour refugee status in the United States. Guest host Scott Jagow talks with Nour and Lisa about what it was like to meet for the first time at the airport, and how they're settling into life together in New York City. Also on the show: the lasting legacy of the Tiananmen Square massacre. And, a man breaks one of the cardinal rules of bear encounters…don't run.