Humankind and the Oceans
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Much of human life depends on the oceans, and there's bad news about how the seas are affected, in turn, by human behavior. But there's good news, too, about the wonders that remain and how they can be preserved. We hear about both. Also, the House votes against Obama on Libya, and a newscaster who lived near the gangster "Whitey" Bulger -- on both sides of the country.
Banner image: A sea turtle (Eretmochelis imbricata) swims in the depth of Ras Mohammed protection area near Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Photo: Tarik Tinazay/AFP/Getty Images
House Votes against and for Obama on Libya ()
Seventy Democrats gave President Obama a stunning rebuke today, joining almost all the Republicans in defeating a measure to authorize the US mission in Libya. But a second measure to cut off funding failed. Martin Kady, congressional editor at Politico, has more on today's votes.
A Tale of Coral Reefs, Great White Sharks and Rubber Duckies ()
Earth's oceans are essential to human life, but we pay more attention to outer space than to what's in and under the waters. Now, with so many marine species in danger that we could see mass extinctions within the next generation, it's time to rethink human relationships with the seas and their creatures. We hear some fascinating stories about our relationship to the seas, which are teeming with life -- fish, turtles, seabirds and seals that make round-trips of 39,000 miles across the Pacific. We also hear why sharks are important, what it's like to swim with them and how few are left, and we learn how 28,000 plastic bath toys traveled the world.
- Alex Rogers: International Programme on the State of the Ocean
- Barbara Block: Stanford University
- Juliet Eilperin: Washington Post, @eilperin
- Donovan Hohn: 'Moby Duck'
Close Encounters with James 'Whitey' Bulger ()
The notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger grew up and became a mob boss in Boston. This week, after fifteen years on the lam, he turned up in Santa Monica, California. Lawrence O'Donnell anchors The Last Word nightly on MSNBC and has sat in occasionally as the host of this program. This week, when Bulger was arrested, O'Donnell found out the two had been neighbors — twice!
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