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.
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.
Sixty years ago this summer, a fire occurred that redefined modern forest fire fighting. Bob Sallee was just 17 years old when he joined the smokejumpers, an elite new group of forest fire fighters. On his very first jump he parachuted down to battle the Mann Gulch blaze outside of Helena, Mont. The blaze seemed routine at first - but fueled by high winds the fire suddenly blew up, it took on new life and jumped the gulch that had separated the smokejumpers from it.
This is the time of year when ice fishing begins in earnest. Imagine this: a brutal winter in Minnesota, 35 degrees below zero, winds howling. And there are 30 men pulling a seine fishing net a mile long and 12 feet deep by hand under the ice. Curt Piechowski is one of the last surviving members of a hardy Polish immigrant family that developed that thriving business.
What made Robert Hawkins take a rifle and shoot strangers last week in Omaha? Today, Dick talks to Josh Stroder, a young man who had something in common with Mr. Hawkins. When Josh was 14, he went to high school in a rural area and didn't fit in. He started getting bullied and before long, he was feeling at odds with everyone. Also in this episode, Gary Yohe is the lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations agency that accepts the Nobel Peace Prize today with Al Gore.
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.
Countless towns across the U.S. have lost textile and apparel jobs as plants close or move overseas. But Megan Summerville is making it work here in the U.S. When Megan was working as an alterations specialist at a bra shop, she learned that one of the shop's suppliers, Specialty Made, was closing. Megan seized the opportunity and bought the company. Megan now makes bras, and much more, out of her factory in Austin, Texas. Also on the show: the bat that became a pet. And, our guest host tried to be a rock star even though all he ever played was the clarinet.