How Petrified Wood Gives You a Guilty Conscience

A reader and podcast listener named Paul Tucker writes to say:

While listening to the "Herd Mentality" podcast piece about the Petrified Forest National Park, I thought you missed a very pertinent display at the park. At the south entrance to the National Park the visitor center has the Rainbow Forest Museum. In the museum there is a room dedicated completely to the theft of petrified wood. It is called the Guilt Room. The room is filled with pieces of petrified wood and the packages they arrived in and their accompanying letters of remorse and contrition by people who are trying to assuage their guilt by returning the offensive fossils.

The Green Lawns of Texas: A Photo Gallery

In our podcast “Riding the Herd Mentality,” Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark spent some time in west Texas with Barbie Jones, president of the Grassland Estates homeowners’ association; Wes Perrythe mayor of Midland; and local talk-show host Robert Hallmark to learn about how lawn-obsessed residents dealt with the drought. (You can download/subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player here.) Here are some photos from Clark's trip.