Larry and Ellen Johnson have lived in the Gulf Coast area their entire life and run a local seafood business called High Tide Foods. They catch and sell shrimp, oysters and crabs just as their parents did and their kids and grandkids are doing now. But as oil courses into the Gulf for the third straight month, the future of their business and their way of life is unclear.
Josh Fox is a filmmaker who lives in upstate Pennsylvania. The more he learned about how natural gas is extracted, the more worried he became about its effect on people's health, the environment, and in particular, the water.
Sixty years ago this summer, a fire occurred that redefined modern forest fire fighting. Bob Sallee was just 17 years old when he joined the smokejumpers, an elite new group of forest fire fighters. On his very first jump he parachuted down to battle the Mann Gulch blaze outside of Helena, Mont. The blaze seemed routine at first - but fueled by high winds the fire suddenly blew up, it took on new life and jumped the gulch that had separated the smokejumpers from it.
Bart Walter used to identify himself as a biologist who loved carving wooden birds. Today, Bart is celebrated for his ability to create sculptures of wild animals right where he finds them, in the wild. Also in this episode: a brush with fame - a listener has a moment with the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall.