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.
Nnimmo Bassey runs a Nigerian NGO that works to hold oil companies accountable for the oil they spill. He talks with Dick Gordon about how he was drawn into working on behalf of people in the Niger Delta and what keeps him going, despite the danger and hopelessness he’s faced over the years. Also in this show, remembering Senator Robert Byrd.
Dawn Vieyra and Jorge Lopez love watching their LA Dodgers in person. But with the ups and downs in the economy, they've had to get creative in funding their shared passion. So they pick up bottles and cans at home games. Also in this episode, Andy Filer is on a mission: he wants to photograph every "map on the dot" in North Dakota.
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.