Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. He tells Dick Gordon about the opposition he encountered along the way.
When marine sciences grad student Lisa Nigro got a call one Friday a few weeks back, she didn’t have time to think about being part of history. She had three days to prepare for a scientific expedition to help study the newly-discovered oil plumes drifting in the Gulf of Mexico.
Karen Lee has seen both sides of the Florida housing boom. She worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and in 2004, succumbed to the allure of skyrocketing housing prices. She and her husband sold their Key West dream home for $1.6 million and invested the money in other real estate.
Captain Charles Moore was sailing the Pacific in 1997 when he came across a large patch of plastic trash. His discovery shocked him, and compelled him to do research on the amount of trash in the ocean. His recent findings are alarming.
Jerry Spangler spent years working as a journalist, and he has now turned his investigative skills towards a very personal quest: Jerry is trying to save archeological sites that are threatened by the production of oil and natural gas in Utah. Also in this episode: confessions of a straight spouse.
The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season begins today, and researchers expect it to be intense. Jeff Masters has a lot of personal experience with hurricanes. He spent 4 years flying through the most extraordinary weather on the planet as a flight meteorologist with the Hurricane Hunters at NOAA. Dick talks with Jeff about what he saw flying into Hurricane Gilbert, and the time he was nearly killed flying into Hurricane Hugo. Also on the show: a Catholic tradition helps a Jewish woman find her husband - a rabbi.