The Forgotten WWII Battle, Conservation Dogs, Deepest Dive, and Moon Rush
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 201
- Jul 2, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:41:03 mins
The Heart-Tugging Story of WWII’s Forgotten Battle Originally aired: May 24, 2019 Guest: Mark Obmascik, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, "The Storm on Our Shores" Paul Nabuo Tatsuguchi didn’t fit the mold of a soldier in the Japanese Royal Navy. As a Christian pacifist and licensed American surgeon, he had more in common with his American “enemies” than his Japanese compatriots. Dick Laird, on the other hand, fled to the US Army in a desperate attempt to free himself from the depression-stricken coal mines that he was born into. Neither man wanted to be on Attu Island in May of 1943, thousands of miles from their wives or newborn daughters. But their meeting in the heat of the final days of the battle would affect the lives of thousands. Rescue Dogs Are Sniffing Out Poachers and Endangered Species Originally aired: May 24, 2019 Guest: Megan Parker, Co-founder & Director of Research, Working Dogs for Conservation Megan Parker is a wildlife biologist and conservation-detection dog expert who has pioneered training methods to use dogs to sniff out and find endangered species, invasive plants, or even illegal poachers, while giving a home to dogs left in shelters. Extreme Adventurer Victor Vescovo Makes History, Again Originally Aired: May 21, 2019 Guest: Victor Vescovo, American private equity investor, retired naval officer, and undersea explorer Not satisfied with climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents, Victor Vescovo has now set a depth record, going to the lowest point on earth, piloting a submarine to bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. After all These Years, Is Our Moon Suddenly a Hot Property? Originally Aired: May 21, 2019 Guest: Leonard David, author, "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" Been there, done that? Humans last set foot on the moon 47 years ago. And all we got for our efforts was a bunch of gray rock and some nice travel photos. Why go back? The answer may be resources: water, hydrogen, helium, oxygen, fuel for rockets, rare earth metals for cell phones and military uses. It may not be long, Leonard David argues, before battles for resources on the moon become major drivers of economics and diplomacy here on earth. Are we ready?