Today is Rosa Finnegan’s birthday. She’s turning 102 — she was born in 1912, the year the Titanic sunk. “Sometimes I feel as though time has gone by so fast,” she says.
This afternoon, on NPR’s All Things Considered, Rosa reflected on a powerful encounter that she had a few months ago in her nursing home. She says that even after more than a century, there are still important things that she’s learning about herself.
Rosa’s story was reported and produced by me and Caitrin Lynch, with support from the Olin College Faculty Summer Research Fund.
News stories about the environment tend to be gloomy because, frankly, the stuff that we like to do as humans is wreaking havoc all over the planet. But this story is different. Staring down the barrel of climate change, I found a remarkable tale of resilience.
Entomologist Noah Wilson-Rich wanted to study ways to keep bees and their hives healthy, but grant money proved elusive. So he cooked up a sweet and entrepreneurial solution. This story comes from the audio series One Species at a Time.
Palau, a nation of sparsely populated Pacific islands surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with fish and giant clams, is so obscure most people must scour a map to find it. Typhoon Haiyan hit the northern island of Kanyangel particularly hard.
Tim Chartier has found a way to fuse his two great loves: math and mime. (It’s a fusion that’s almost as unlikely as wanting to do a radio story about it.) He and his wife strive to have their audiences become a part of the world that they’re creating on stage, and in so doing, the math becomes at once understandable and unforgettable.
If you drive along a country road in Maine, past pine trees and summer cottages, you might not give a ditch of rust-colored water a second thought, unless you had the bad luck to drive into it. But there are scientists wading into this rusty water, and they’ve found something rather unexpected. This story is from the audio series One Species at a Time.