As a reporter, Charles Fishman has tried to get inside organizations, both familiar and secret, and explain how they work. In the course of reporting about water to write The Big Thirst, Fishman has stood at the bottom of a half-million-gallon sewage tank, sampled water directly from the springs in San Pellegrino, Italy, and Poland Spring, Maine, and carried water on his head for 3 km with a group of Indian villagers.
Fishman’s previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Wal-Mart Effect, was the first to crack open Wal-Mart’s wall of secrecy, and has become the standard for understanding Wal-Mart’s impact on our economy and on how we live. Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company. Fishman has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.
In the first half, journalist Charles Fishman spoke about global water scarcity and how the U.S. is facing a record drought this summer. 2012 saw the worst drought in 60 or 70 years in America, with some $35 billion worth of damage to agriculture. Appearing in the last 90 minutes, author and researcher Nigel Kerner presented his contention that the grey aliens visiting Earth are a kind of bio-robotic or synthetic species, who seek to obtain the one thing they can't get elsewhere-- souls. ... More »Host: George Noory