A novel about Vivian, a young Irish girl sent by rail from a New York City tenement to Minnesota in the early 1900s. She was one of thousands of abandoned children sent to live with rural families for a better life. But not all ended up in loving homes.
Guest Host: Steve Roberts
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- Erik Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council
- David Furukawa past president of the International Desalination Association
- Richard Drew chief of the bureau of water facilities regulation for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Andrew Macoun a principal water and sanitation specialist for the World Bank
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