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.
Sandra Steingraber is a mother, a poet, a cancer survivor, ecologist and environmental activist living in Ithaca, New York. She was arrested on Earth Day, and spent 15 days in jail, for protesting against hydraulic fracturing (fracking). After many years in laboratories, and speaking at panels, she felt the time had come to use her body in a direct-action protest. She physically blocked the entrance to a drilling company called Inergy as a way of protesting the industrialization of the Finger Lakes in Central New York State.
Robin Young lives and works in Orange Beach, Alabama…one of the prettiest places on earth, she says. But after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, things quickly turned dark.Also: The Southern Foodways Alliance, a group that studies and documents Southern cuisine, recently gave a lifetime achievement award to a food writer in Atlanta. But Christiane Lauterbach is not from the low country or the bayou. She was raised on the smells and tastes of Paris.
Hugo Jabini is a recipient of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize. Hugo's story begins thirteen years ago, when Chinese logging companies moved into the rainforests of Suriname, on the northern coast of South America. The loggers had the blessing of the government, but no one had checked with the people who lived in those forests. Also in the show: How to stop a growing landfill.
Back in the 70s, Wayne Goldman designed and built an electric car that he drove for years. It was perfect for city driving reaching a top speed of 45 mph. Consumers never got into it, and Wayne says that remains the problem today. Also on the show: running away and joining the circus.
People in DeBerry, Texas have been drinking, cooking with, and bathing in bottled water for two years. Tests by industry and the EPA have confirmed their well water is unfit for use because it's contaminated, most likely from nearby oil and gas waste disposal sites. Dick talks with three people campaigning for cleaner water in the region. Also on the show: another edition of Ahmed's Diary. And, the world's fastest drummer.