Minnesota Public Radio
by Mark Steil May 12, 2003
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shafts of sunlight
to paint the scene
to file under
hunk of metal
long stretches of
short bursts of
to date (to)
to take in the view
broken and whole
car body parts
wringer washing machines
to dig the side of your foot into
to stay on your feet
whole chunks of
to give way
to make a journey
to slide into
farm chemical containers
to be cleaned up
in conjunction with
to address (a problem)
to go after
4-wheel drive vehicles
Good Thunder (place name)
a good half-mile
to knock s.t. loose
'he's lost their sole or something'
clubs, scouts, church groups
to pick out
close to where you live
make a difference
the amount of
to step on
to root s.t. out
1. Explain what is meant by 'a mixture of the sacred and the sullied'.
2. How old is some of the junk along the Maple River?
3. What is the opposite of 'short bursts of rapids'?
4. How large is what is called the 'worst' garbage pile?
5. What does 'to take in the view' mean?
6. Name some of the 'treasures' Bob Zoet refers to.
7. What is a wringer washing machine?
8. What does this mean: 'Sometimes a foothold unleashes a mini-landslide.'?
9. What is one reason that people chose this site to dump garbage?
10. Why are these piles of garbage called garbage 'glaciers'?
11. How dangerous are the sites?
12. What is the main method for dealing with these dump sites at present? What limitations are there to this method?
13. What joke is Bob Zoet referring to when he says 'Jokes aside'?
14. What is Bob Zoet's 'vision'?
15. What is meant by a 'throwaway society'? How does Taiwan compare to what you heard in this report?