A citrus disease that devastated the Florida citrus industry has been found in California for the first time. State and federal officials are reacting quickly to try and contain it before it does to California what it did in Florida, where it caused $4 billion in damage and 6600 jobs.
This April marks the 40th anniversary of Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace being sentenced to solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison. That's the longest period someone has spent in solitary in U.S. history. Now it has some saying the practice isn't constitutional.
As Mitt Romney moves forward in the political campaign, it's been an opportunity for Americans to learn about the Mormon church. In a recent article in The New York Times, some Mormons wondered whether the Romneys would have a food storage supply in the White House, in keeping with a practice encouraged by the church.
Indian and US investors are banking on football as the next big sport in India. They are starting a professional football league, but it remains to be seen whether the cricket-mad nation will take to pro-football.
Japan's Sendai earthquake disrupted work in that country, shutting down factories, which supply parts to the United States. Thanks to hi-tech supply chain issues, car parts are missing and U.S. factories are beginning to shut down.
To commemorate our 20th anniversary, Living on Earth is digging back into our archives to revisit some of our first shows. This week, we travel down to the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana, an area that over a hundred petrochemical plants, and many African Americans call home.