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Unoccupied umbrellas and lounges along the beach in Biloxi, Miss. (AP )
Unoccupied umbrellas and lounges along the beach in Biloxi, Miss. (AP )

Mississippi Beaches Fight Off Oil, Hope For Tourists

July Fourth is typically one of the busiest for Mississippi beaches. But a gushing oil well, a rough economy and an approaching hurricane are already stamping out tourism for several Gulf Coast beach communities. We speak with Bobby Weaver, Harrison County's Sand Beach director.

1969 Oil Spills Left Lasting Legacies, What Will Be Longterm Impact Of BP Spill?

In this 1969 picture, workers use straw to absorb oil from the beach at Santa Barbara Harbor, Calif. The oil which leaked from an offshore well, covered local beaches and threatened many southern California shoreline areas. The incident at the Union Oil Co. platform helped lead to the Clean Water Act. (AP)
In this 1969 picture, workers use straw to absorb oil from the beach at Santa Barbara Harbor, Calif. The oil which leaked from an offshore well, covered local beaches and threatened many southern California shoreline areas. The incident at the Union Oil Co. platform helped lead to the Clean Water Act. (AP)

Two big oil spills 41 years ago are still shaping public and scientific perspectives on oil and the environment. In January of 1969, a blowout from an oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara, California spilled about 100,000 barrels of crude oil into the ocean and onto beaches for 35 miles.  The disaster inspired local activists to launch the first-ever Earth Day and it gave birth to the environmental studies movement.  In September 1969, an oil barge named Florida ran aground in Buzzard's Bay off Massachusetts, spilling 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel, fouling beaches and marshes for miles.  We speak with wilderness historian Rod Nash, professor emeritus at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He helped found the university's environmental studies program after the 1969 oil spill.  We also hear from George Hampson, oceanographer emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. He was one of the first researchers on the scene of the 1969 Cape Cod oil spill.

Yemen Becomes A Haven For Al-Qaida

Black smoke was recently seen coming from the intelligence services building that came under attack in the southern port city of Aden, in Yemen. (AP)
Black smoke was recently seen coming from the intelligence services building that came under attack in the southern port city of Aden, in Yemen. (AP)

Summer Camps Go 'Unplugged'

The average adolescent spends up to 7 hours a day on gadgets- text messaging, instant messaging, using social networking sites, and surfing the web. But all that comes to an abrupt halt for millions in coming weeks, when they head off to traditional, and unplugged summer camps. We talk to Ann Sheets of the American Camp Association about why some camps are banning electronics.

Dying To Be Thin

We revisit a conversation that we had with young-adult author Laurie Halse Anderson. Her most recent book "Wintergirls" is about 17-year-old Lia, who struggles with anorexia. Lia's life spirals downward when her best friend Cassie, who is bulimic, dies as a result of her eating disorder. Anderson is also the author of the acclaimed novel "Speak" which deals with another dark topic, the rape of a high school freshman and its aftermath.

Music From The Show

  • Fugazi, "Sweet 'n Low"
  • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • The Lickets, "Serial East"
  • The Wee Trio, "Flint"
  • Moby, "Inside"
  • Joe Jackson, "Steppin' Out"
  • Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy “Sandusky” performed by Uncle Tupelo

This program aired on June 30, 2010.

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