We lead today's show with a tragic turn of events at the Crandall Canyon mine in Huntington, Utah. In an effort to find the six trapped miners, three rescue workers were killed last night and six others injured when some sort of seismic activity caused another collapse. We talk with Jeff Godell, author of Big Coal (and contributing editor to Rolling Stone) about what constitutes "seismic activity" and how this tragedy changes the rules for the mining industry.
— In "The Week in Iraq" we discuss the four coordinated truck bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people in two remote villages in Northern Iraq. The US military thinks the attack is the work of Sunni Muslims, who've been warring with locals who practice an ancient Middle Eastern religion known as Yazidi. The Yazidi believe that the earth is watched over by seven holy beings, the most important of which is known as The Peacock Angel.
— And, as you probably already know, we've got an interview with former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee surprised us with his graphic description of a clown regurgitating into a paper sack. They don't call him the funny candidate for nothing. In case you missed it, here's the Luke Burbank vs. Mike Huckabee Ping Pong Challenge video.
— We talk with fashion model/President Bush niece, Lauren Bush, about her World Food Programme Feedbag project. Alison posted about the bag earlier in the week, we received a surprising number of critical comments from you guys and we wanted to open it up for discussion.
- In The Ramble, Luke and Alison discuss the $10 million drug bust in Glendale, California — where the marijuana farmers watered their crops with city tanks, draining half of a 10,000 gallon emergency water supply. The French have implemented a "fast moving carpet" in Paris. It's a moving sidewalk that goes faster than a city bus. We have some fun with the WikiScanner. And we try to wrap our brains around Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle. The mayor wants to install single occupancy bathrooms on the beaches to discourage what he describes as "homosexual activity." Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel City Hall Reporter Brittany Wallman reports that Mayor Naugle prefers the term "homosexual" to "gay" because he doesn't believe gay people are happy.