National Geographic : 2009 Jun
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL TOP ; ADNAN, DRIKNEWS Repair Mandates If a hurricane tosses a 300-ton barge onto shore, imperiling safety and the vital Mississippi River economy, you might need the "salvage cowboys." These inventive industrial crews, who say they "love the smell of demolition in the morning," do the work needed to fix big industry when it breaks down. No matter how great the challenge, they always get the job done. Join host Sean Riley on Thursdays at 9 p.m. to meet these unsung heroes. Upcoming new episodes of the World's Toughest Fixes series look at repair work on an Oregon dam (left), a Utah bridge, and the Alaska pipeline. ON ASSIGNMENT Rice Racket John Stanmeyer took more than just pictures for this issue's "The End of Plenty" story---he also captured sounds. Field noise intrigues him, so after photographing Bangladeshi farmers beating rice stalks against wood to free the grains (above), he paused to record the din. "Photographs create sounds to the mind, and sounds produce images in our consciousness," he says. "The two have a brilliant dance together." Host Sean Riley rappels down Oregon's John Day Dam.