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Thursday May 6, 2010

Crews To Lower 100-Ton Steel ‘Dome’ Over Gulf Oil Leak

The containment vessel, a.k.a. "the Dome," which will be used to try to contain the Deepwater Horizon oil spil sits ready on the deck of the Joe Griffin at the rig explosion site. (AP)

Crews in the Gulf of Mexico are crossing their fingers as they begin to lower a massive steel and concrete box 5,000 feet to the sea floor in an effort to contain the oil leak. This method of oil containment has never been tried at such depths, but if it works, it will siphon the oil up a pipe to the water’s surface where it will be safely collected. Meanwhile crews continue to use chemical dispersants and controlled burns to fight back the growing oil slick. Jeffrey Ball, environment editor for the Wall Street Journal, is our guest.

Ten Technologies To Change The World

Dissolvable medical implants, drug cocktails that promise to make cancer  treatable like AIDS, green concrete and light trapping cells that could make solar energy competitive with oil and coal.  These are some of the cutting edge technologies that MIT’s Technology Review believes will change the world in the coming years.  Jason Pontin, the journal’s editor-in-chief and publisher, talks to us about those inventions, as well as 3-D on your mobile phones, social TV, and using sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into energy.

Group Creates ‘Hair Booms’ To Soak Up Oil In Gulf Coast

It sounds awfully low-tech, but human hair is being used to help clean up the oil in the Gulf Coast. The San Francisco non-profit Matter of Trust says that one pound of hair can mop up a quart of oil in about a minute’s time. The group has collected more than 400,000 pounds of hair, and volunteers are furiously stuffing it into stockings to deploy as “hair sausages” in the Gulf Coast. Tyler Young, a volunteer coordinator, tells us how it all works.

Clowns Invited Back To Haiti To Help Children Laugh

Boston-area professional clown Leah Abel tells us about her recent trip to Haiti, with fellow members of the group “Clowns Without Borders.” Aid groups asked the clowns to come back to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, to help hospitalized children recover from the trauma they’ve experienced.

Greek Tragedies Help American Troops Cope With PTSD

The BBC’s Paul Adams reports on a project called “Theater of War,” which reaches back to the Greek tragedies to help veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Adams saw the program in action and spoke with director and translator Bryan Doerries.

Listener Letters: Author Interview Prompts God Debate

Our interview with author Rebecca Goldstein about her novel, “36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction,” inspired, comforted, but mainly motivated listeners to send us their thoughts.

Music From The Show

  • Mad Professor, “I Spy”
  • Yo La Tengo, “Madeline”
  • Moby, “Inside”
  • Eric Lindell, “Sunny Daze”
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Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.