In Living Color

April 13, 2008

Imagine the world as we know it, only without us. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a writer imagines a world reinventing itself without human beings. He sees the New York subway system returning to its watery origins. The re-absorption of carbon into the earth, and endangered wildlife coming back from the brink. Also, one man finds the extraordinary in encounters with birds. And, garbage island - the bobbing plastic wasteland that's plaguing the Pacific.

  1. Alan Weisman on "The World Without Us"

    What would happen to our planet if all the human beings simply disappeared with all our junk? Basically, nature would waste no time taking over.

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  2. Anne Strainchamps on Hope from Children

    Anne Strainchamps goes looking for hope about the world's environmental problems among the children of Randall Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin.

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  3. Sam Keen on "Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds"

    Sam Keen is the author of "Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds." He reads several passages from his book, and talks with Steve Paulson.

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  4. Thomas Morton on the Pacific Gyre

    The Pacific Gyre is a region in the middle of the Pacific Ocean around which all the major currents swirl. As a result, debris that floats into the gyre gets stuck there.

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  5. Eric Toso on "Zero at the Bone"

    Eric Toso was walking home from a swimming pool when he was bitten on the foot by a rattlesnake. It nearly killed him, but he had a spiritual awakening and found a new appreciation for living in the moment and respecting the Wild.

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