Monday, May 3, 2010

  • BP Oil Spill Worsens with No Solution in Sight, 210,000 Gallons a Day Spew into Gulf of Mexico


    Federal authorities have banned commercial and recreational fishing in a large stretch of water in the Gulf of Mexico due to the massive oil spill caused by a BP-operated rig that exploded nearly two weeks ago. An estimated 210,000 gallons of oil a day is pouring into the Gulf in what might turn out to be the worst industrial environmental disaster in US history. We speak with Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and a former commercial salmon fisherma’am from Alaska who experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. [includes rush transcript]

  • Chilean Author Isabel Allende on Her New Novel "Island Beneath the Sea," from the Slave Uprising in Haiti to 19th Century New Orleans


    Renowned Chilean novelist Isabel Allende joins us in our studio to talk about her new book, Island Beneath the Sea, her first novel in four years. The story takes readers back 200 years in time to the slave uprising that led to the creation of the world’s first independent black republic, Haiti. Allende also discusses the new Arizona immigration law, the new Chilean president Sebastián Piñera, the earthquake in Chile, and the rise of leftist leaders in Latin America. [includes rush transcript]

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