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Tuesday June 8, 2010

Alabama Town Doesn’t Wait For Government To Hold Back Oil

In Magnolia Springs, Alabama, residents have set up barges with booms attached to stop oil from seeping into Weeks Bay, protecting a 6,000-acre estuary. The town didn’t trust the Unified Command’s plan to stop the oil from reaching its shores, so residents are taking on the problem themselves. We speak with James Hinton, a volunteer fire chief, who’s heading the effort.

This Google map shows the 600-foot mouth of Weeks Bay near Magnolia Springs, Ala. Residents have put barges with booms in place to prevent oil from crossing into the bay.

Environmental Journalist Julia Whitty Fears ‘Doomed Ecosystem’ In Gulf

After a life in and around the sea, environmental journalist Julia Whitty is watching the Gulf Coast oil disaster with sadness. Her new book, out in July is “Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean.”  She joins us from New Orleans with her thoughts.

A Warning To World Cup Fans: Don’t Feed The Baboons

George, the alpha male of his troop in Cape Town, South Africa. (Diane Toomey)

When soccer fans arrive in Cape Town, South Africa for the World Cup, they’ll be warned about thieves who will break into their cars and confront them on the road. No matter what, those tourists will be told, never, ever feed them. That’s because these thieves are wild baboons who roam the Cape Town area.  They are widely seen as pests and are often poisoned, whipped and shot. But, as producer Diane Toomey explains, one woman is trying to change public opinion about these animals.

Author David Ropeik Asks Whether Our Fears Make Sense

We may be living longer, but many people think these are the scariest times humans have ever faced. Author David Ropeik says it takes some work to determine the differences between true dangers and false alarms. His new book, “How Risky Is It Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts,” offers some suggestions. Ropeik is a former award-winning TV news reporter, who also teaches at Harvard’s continuing education program.

The house made famous in the 1979 film "The Amityville Horror" in Amityville, N.Y. The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial went on the market in May for more than one million. (AP/Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, Kevin J Wohles)

And You Thought Selling Your House Was Hard

Selling property these days is hard — some buyers can’t get mortgages and in some areas, there are a lot of houses on the market. But what happens when a house with a history goes on the market? The house where a multiple murder took place in the 70’s is now on the market. We speak to Nick Summers, who has written in Newsweek about the challenges faced by the current owner of “The Amityville Horror” house, which is now for sale.

Music From The Show

  • Air, “Mike Mills”
  • The Wee Trio, “Flint”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Christian McBride, “Brother Mister”
  • Lalo Schifrin “Amityville Horror Main Title”
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