Two children from the Machiguenga village of Shimaa play in the nearby river. Pollution from the Camisea natural gas pipeline has caused problems for native fish and has affected food security in Shimaa.
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An aerial view of the Mipaya gas exploration camp, part of the Camisea project in the Amazon jungle near Cuzco, Peru.
Several days' travel from the ruins at Machu Picchu, dropping into the thick heat and greenery of the upper Amazon, lies the Peruvian village of Shimaa. Dozens of simple buildings hug a hillside above a river. Far below, a few children play on a soccer field at the water's edge.
The nearby Camisea gas fields hold over 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The pipeline that carries it out lies right under Shimaa, home to the indigenous Machiguenga.
Mariana Masuyu, a slender, freckled mother of four, says her life is getting harder because of the gas.
The latest surveys show that both business owners and consumers have been losing confidence in the U.S. economy. That pessimism is just the latest blow to hopes for a speedy recovery.
Last week, even Federal Reserve officials said they have grown more pessimistic about the economic outlook this year. The policy makers cut their forecast for 2011 to a growth rate of just 2.7 to 2.9 percent — down from their April estimate of 3.1 to 3.3 percent.
Golf, track, basketball ... Babe Didrikson Zaharias could do it all.
Mildred "Babe" Didrikson, one of the most versatile athletes of all time, first received attention as a star in basketball and track and field. Here, Didrikson (second from right) pulls ahead of teammate Evelyne Hall (far right) to win the women's 80-meter hurdles at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
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Didrikson set an Olympic and world record in 1932 with her 11.7-second time in the 80-meter hurdles. Her national record in the same event, set in 1931, stood for 18 years.
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A javelin throw of 43.69 meters won Didrikson a second gold medal at the 1932 Summer Games. She and teammate Jean Shiley tied for gold in the high jump, but her medal was demoted to silver after judges questioned her form.
Boosted to stardom, Didrikson became a darling of the press and considered her options for turning pro. Here, she prepares to dive into a pool in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., in December 1932.
In January 1933, Didrikson played exhibition basketball and a series of billiard matches. She even laced up boxing gloves at Art McGovern's New York gym, where she trained.
Andy Aitkenhead (left) and Murray Murdock of the New York Rangers pose with Didrikson in Madison Square Garden in January 1933. Her vaudeville act — which showcased her athletic prowess — opened in Chicago a few weeks later.
Didrikson takes the pitching mound in a baseball game in March 1934. She played on various baseball and softball teams throughout her career.
During the mid-1930s, Didrikson's interests shifted to golf. Though she missed the cut in the 1938 L.A. Open, she found her future husband in George Zaharias, her partner for the tournament. They were married on Dec. 23, 1938, and she became Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Zaharias returned to the L.A. Open in January 1945, becoming the first woman in history to make the cut in a regular PGA tournament. She shot a 76 on the first day of competition.
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When asked the secret of her golfing success, she loved to reply, "I just loosen my girdle and take a whack at it." She is pictured here in a 1947 promotional photo.
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Zaharias urges the ball into the cup on the 18th green at the Women's All-American Golf Tournament on Aug. 4, 1950.
Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1953, Zaharias had surgery that April. Here, she celebrates as she leaves the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, on May 19, 1953.
Zaharias won more than 80 amateur and professional golf tournaments throughout her career and continued to compete after her diagnosis. Her husband, George Zaharias, plants a kiss after the All-American tournament in Chicago in July 1953. She died in 1956 at age 45.
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Don Van Natta Jr. is an investigative correspondent for The New York Times, where he was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams.
In 2000, Sports Illustrated named its 100 top athletes of the 20th century. There are names you no doubt are familiar with — Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, and of course Michael Jordan. But there's also a name that might slip by: Babe Didrikson. She is the only woman in the top 10.
On-Air Challenge: Each answer is the name of a well-known film. You are given three words. Say the words out loud quickly to identify the film. For example, given the words "booty," "Andy" and "pieced," the answer would be Beauty and the Beast.
Last Week's Challenge: From listener Adam Cohen, of Brooklyn, N.Y.: Think of a former world leader whose first and last names both sound like things you might see in a mine. Who is the leader, and what are the things?