When Riki Ott heard about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it brought back a nightmare she’s lived with for the past 21 years. Riki was fishing for salmon in Cordova, Alaska in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez ran aground and dumped millions of gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound.
It's been three months since Hurricane Ike - one of the most destructive hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. Like most of her neighbors on the coast near Galveston, Texas, Dana Bethune will be spending this holiday season camped out in someone else's home. Her home was destroyed, and has yet to be rebuilt. Also in this episode, another in our series of "When Politics Gets Personal."
The pesticide DDT was outlawed in this country in 1972. One of the loudest voices calling for the ban was Lorrie Otto's. She remembers exactly when she first realized something was wrong: all the robins in her neighborhood were dying and falling like lead weights to the ground. She gathered the dead robins up in a basket and took them to her state legislature. Also in this episode, after just 2 years as a wedding DJ, Alex Davy has witnessed both brawls and poignant speeches - all the while providing the background music. Alex shares his best stories, and his insights into that notorious nuptial event, the wedding reception.
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.