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Wed February 13, 2013
How the Gun Ban in England Was Passed
HOW THE GUN BAN IN ENGLAND WAS PASSED IN ENGLAND
After a killing spree in Scotland in 1996, public pressure for a ban on guns grew. Dick speaks with then British Parliament member Jack Straw about how the ban became law and his thoughts on "America's love affair with guns." He says that the U.S. still has frontier states and that there are reasons to own a gun in Texas and Arizona. [Photo: Dunblane Documentaries]
THE MAN WHO BANDED THE ALBATROSS
Ben Pagac brings us an audio postcard of his mentor Chan Robbins, a leading bird expert who banded the Albatross named Wisdom. That bird has been in the news since she hatched a chick at age 62.
HOOSH: WHAT PASSES FOR FOOD IN ANTARCTICA
Phoebe Judge talks to author Jason C. Anthony about the food that historic explorers such as Sir Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson ate to keep them going during the years of Antarctic exploration. They drew on Native American ways to freeze dry food - a kind of ancestor to the Cliff Bar. Chocolate was and is still a crucial item.
Music in this episode: "Jnweythek" by Aphex Twin; "White Electric" by Battles; "Etude for Piano No. 2" by Philip Glass; "Theme from Far and Away" and "Tzigane" by Itzhak Perlman.