In 1958, a coal mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia collapsed, killing 74 men and trapping 100 underground. Over a week, crews raced against time to find them. Covering the story from the pithead was a young reporter named Jack MacAndrew. His work was part of the first live international television coverage of a disaster in history. As the world awaits the latest news from the rescue efforts for the 33 trapped miners in Chile, Jack talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw and learned at the Springhill Mines. Also: the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. And, a road trip to remember.
Carolyn Schapper was a 30-something Army sergeant serving in Iraq, and the only woman in a unit full of men in their teens and 20s. One day her convoy was approached by an Iraqi boy selling bunnies. Carolyn tried to dissuade one of her fellow soldiers from buying one, but Carolyn was soon reluctantly holding a white rabbit on her lap as the convoy headed back inside the wire. Also in this show: Running Together
When the last restaurant Daniel Giddens worked for closed, he got tired of looking for another job. He took unemployment and posted his resume on Monster.com. Before long, companies offering him bookkeeping work at home got in touch, and then some started sending checks. Dan knew it looked a little shady, but he was curious to see what would happen, so he took one of the checks to the bank and cashed it. Also on the show: a year without plastic.
A year ago, Adam Pinkert headed to Robinson Crusoe Island, a sparsely-populated eco tourist spot, in what Adam calls "the Galapagos of Chile." He awoke in the middle of the night to rumbling and rising water coming into his third floor hotel room. Adam tells Dick Gordon about his escape from the tsunami that destroyed the village of 700 people and the island's only town. Also in this episode, when Larry Whitlow hears about tsunami warnings, he can't help but remember the terrifying experience he had after the Indonesian quake in December 2004. Plus, David Brooks shares his story involving Johnny Cash and his grandmother Winafred.