Casey DeMoss Roberts was 17 when her father, a oil rig drilling engineer, was killed onboard the Seacrest Drill Ship off the coast of Thailand. A typhoon capsized the vessel. Most of the workers onboard were killed, and the accident is still ranked among the deadliest rig accidents of all time. Inspired in part by her father’s death, Casey began studying the intersection of the environment with public health issues. She now lives in New Orleans and works for the Gulf Restoration Network - which is currently focusing on the effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also in this show, the music of Razia Said.
Politicians are all talking about alternative sources of energy. One such energy source is hydroelectric power, something Fred Ayer knows a lot about. Fred is a fisheries expert who's been involved with hydroelectric projects for decades. After emotional court battles over dam construction took a personal toll on him, Fred started consulting with environmental groups. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he now uses his expertise to bring together opposing sides. Recently, he helped negotiate the successful purchase of three dams along the Penobscot River. also, finding a new faith.
In the midst of a national housing crisis, Cassandra Brush recognizes what a privilege it is to live in her dream home. Cassandra and her husband, Dan, were determined to be homeowners without a mortgage. So the couple set out to build a house from scratch.
Bryan Larson will be paying close attention to President Obama's thoughts about the environment tonight. The 18-year-old high school student from upstate New York is already on board with environmental preservation but it didn't come as easily as you might expect. Bryan and his dad Carl Larson live in logging country, where being an "environmentalist" isn't always considered a good thinng.
Water is essential and at the same time mystical. Karen Wilkening has been lucky enough to spend time in the Little Salt Spring Sinkhole in Florida. The depths of it hold treasures that fell or were put into the sinkhole over 10,000 years ago.
Michael Delaney is bucking some major economic trends. Instead of losing jobs, he’s landing them. It wasn’t always this way for Michael. In the 90s, he lived comfortably in Silicon Valley. Then the dot com bubble burst. At that time, Michael could not have imagined the jobs that would follow: monkey keeper, deli counter attendant, hardware store clerk.