While flooding along the swollen Mississippi River continues to take its toll on Louisiana communities, farmers in neighboring Texas are reeling from a deepening drought. Texas grain farmer Curt Mowery talks about how he's dealing with the extremely dry conditions.
On Saturday's program, host Rachel Martin talked with Maj. Gen. John Campbell, who's just back from being the top U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan. For Memorial Day, Campbell talks about how he honors the troops who lost their lives in Afghanistan: He keeps their stories on index cards, which he carries with him at all times.
When Jeffrey Strong graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in music performance, his plan was to find work playing trumpet in a symphony. Instead, he ended up joining one of the most elite orchestras in the country — the U.S. Marine Band. He plays and tells the story of the group known as "the president's iPod."
Hesco is becoming a household name in flood-prone areas along the Mississippi River — and for good reason. So-called Hesco baskets are holding back the high water from hospitals, power substations and residential areas.
Hesco baskets, named after the company that makes them, don't appear high-tech. They look like wire trash cans lined with fabric. They come in 15-foot-long sections that collapse down to 4 inches tall. One 18-wheeler can haul in a mile of flood protection. Pop them up, fill them with sand, and two people can fill the equivalent of 1,500 sandbags in 20 minutes.
A group of scientists has formally challenged the conclusions of a highly publicized report describing a mysterious microbe that seemed to thrive on a diet of arsenic.
The report, published in December by the journal Science, suggested that a bacterium found in California's Mono Lake was able to substitute arsenic for phosphorous, one of several elements considered essential for life.