With the global economy still in recovery, let's look at an interesting counter-economy... It's Burning Man – an annual community that springs up in the desert over Labor Day, then vanishes. And no money is allowed.
We'll talk with author Elizabeth Gilbert about her new book, which takes her back to her fiction roots and back in history... plus we'll hear about planting a food forest and securing seeds for the future.
This week on 51%, adapting culture for the tourist trade... and writing about the darkness behind the picket fence.
Last week, you met the people who used to live in Grand Bruit, Newfoundland. They voted to close the town down and move away after the cod, which kept their economy afloat, vanished. This week, we have the next chapter – how tourism is being courted in Newfoundland to replace the fish that are gone. Sit back, relax and listen. From Homelands Productions, here is a map of the sea.
Visiting a Canadian ghost town... A now-abandoned village is a metaphor for another way of life; a way of life that's disappearing.
Summer vacation season is over, but let's take the next half hour to slow down, just one more time.
I haven't spent a lot of time by the sea this year, but I've been doing a lot of reading, immersing myself in stories of the sea and the people who made their living there. It's a world that's vanishing. This week we're going back to hear the story of one small Canadian village – a village whose residents voted to leave.
Everyday is Election Day... this week on 51%, a talk with the author of a book that tells women how to run for office... plus the future of Mormons in politics and Native Americans taking stewardship of ancestral lands.
Women are increasingly showing up as leaders of government... according to the Center for American Women and Politics, in 2013 98 of the 535 seats in the US Congress are held by women. 75 women hold statewide elected executive posts...and the proportion of women in state legislatures is at 24%
Labor Day is over, but let's keep the focus on the lives of working women and men. This week, the hidden side of work.
First, we head out to sea, where economic pressures are leading to revolutionary ideas.
Julie Eaton is the captain of the Cat Sass. She spends 6 months of the year on the water, and she'll tell you she has the best job in the world. But despite record hauls last summer, she and other boat owners are struggling to make ends meet. The lobster glut forced the price to below $2 a pound.
Japan's nuclear regulatory authority is now dealing with a new emergency... contaminated water from the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant has spilled over underground walls built to contain it. The watchdog group warns that levels of radioactivity in the Pacific Ocean will rapidly rise unless active measures are taken quickly. Tens of thousands of tons of radioactive water were dumped into the Pacific as an emergency measure shortly after the plant was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.