Managing America's Rivers
Record snowfall and torrential rains combined this spring to push rivers from South Dakota to Louisiana over their banks. The Army Corps of Engineers went to tremendous lengths to protect lives and towns. The Corps blew up sections of a levee to control flooding on the Mississippi River. It saved Cairo, Illinois but inundated hundreds of thousands of acres of Missouri farm land. The Army Corps now estimates it will cost more than $2 billion to repair the damaged systems of nationwide levees, dams and floodways. Many wonder whether there's a better way to handle America's rivers. Host Neal Conan speaks with Robyn Colosimo from the Army Corps of Engineers about what can and should change to prevent such devastation in the future. He'll also speak with Michael Moore, the director of transportation for Cincinnati, about developing a city along the Ohio River, and with Andrew Fahlund, an advocate for changes in federal flood policy.
Remembering Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs said in a 2005 commencement speech that, "No one wants to die." Yet, "no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life." Apple's co-founder died last night at the age of 56, eight years after he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs's technological vision, design skill and marketing flair revolutionized a half-dozen industries and changed the way many people interact with technology and with each other. Host Neal Conan replays that poignant 2005 commencement speech at Stanford in its entirety.
Wall Street Protests
For three weeks, demonstrators have called for an occupation of Wall Street. Yesterday their numbers swelled when several unions joined the ranks of picketers in Lower Manhattan. Protesters' demands vary: Some want higher taxes on the rich, others express dissatisfaction with the cost of the wars, or press for the end of corporate greed, among other concerns. Some observers believe the protests mark the birth of a new liberal movement. Others complain they have few, if any, clear goals and question their staying power. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR correspondent Margot Adler about who the protesters are, what they want, whether the unions might seize control and whether their demands can actually be met. Arun Venugopal, a reporter with WNYC, will also check-in from the protests near Wall Street.
Cincinnati's New Police Chief
Cincinnati, Ohio claims a character all its own. But, like many towns, it faces challenges including crime and a history of racial violence. Cincinnati recently named a new chief of police. James Craig is the first chief hired from outside the ranks of the department and the city's first African American police chief. Craig spent 28 years working with the Los Angeles police department, and spent the last two years as chief of police in Portland, Me., where he emphasized community policing and computer statics to reduce crime. Chief Craig joins host Neal Conan to talk about the changes he's made in the first weeks on the job, the budget constraints in the city and his plans to take the city to the "next level."