Randall Arauz is a marine biologist in Costa Rica who has been working for years to protect sea turtles there. One day he saw a video documenting "shark finning." Fishermen haul in sharks, cut off the fins, and dump the bodies of the sharks back into the ocean.
It took nine years, but earlier this week the Cape Wind Project got the go-ahead. Pete Ferrell is a rancher in Kansas who fought and won a similar fight.Also in this episode, Mike Cianchette was a project operations manager at Stetson Mountain -- New England's largest wind farm.
Zed Chang is trying to figure out how his American dream got derailed. He moved to the U.S. from China in hopes of securing a bright future. Zed says he eventually realized his dream when he was offered a good job as an engineer at a major high tech company. Zed was there 9 years, but was laid off this summer.
Robert Johnson knows what it's like to make sacrifices when times are tough. He learned from his father. During the Depression, Robert's father was out of work and couldn't feed his family. So he put himself in the boxing ring with a professional fighter who weighted 40 pounds more than he did.
Laura Milkins moved to Mexico City earlier this year. Her plan was to walk the entire length of the city, a little bit each day. Not only would she walk, she would invite strangers to walk with her and tell her their stories. Laura had no idea that she'd be walking straight into an outbreak of swine flu.
Laszlo Hirka grew up in communist Hungary. One day he saw his first American magazine. Laszlo was captivated, and started having dreams of a new life in the U.S. Years later, he evaded authorities, jumped over barbed wire fences and eventually found his way to America.
Mary Ranson's mother told her stories about performing as a child ventriloquist, living her life in an orphanage, and being discovered by a Hollywood star. Mary didn't know what to believe. One day Mary decided to find out the truth.
Claudia Becque was a good marathon runner who hadn't quite made it to highest level of competition. Then Claudia got a pink slip and she decided to make the best of unemployment, eventually qualifying for the U.S. Olympic trials. Also on the show: a Secret Service agent on protecting a presidential family.
Dave Gross wrote in to say: “This is not rocket science. They don’t generally hold MENSA meetings here. And I am a bad parent.” Dave was referring to the fact that he had recently given in to his son’s relentless badgering to attend a professional wrestling event. Dave and 10-year-old Sam join Dick to tell how the evening went.
Dave and Carrie found themselves laid off. At the time, gold was fetching over $1,000 an ounce. So they moved out to a remote canyon in northern California and started life anew - as gold miners. Also in this episode: attempting to sell your vote.
James Holzrichter became a reluctant whistleblower after finding evidence of misconduct by his employer, Northrop Grumman. He became a pariah in his field, and eventually found himself unemployed and homeless.