submission from: Christina Schockley

Todd talked with Ron Hornbaker, of, on June 18th. Hornbaker has developed a fun way to trade in your old books and find something new to read. You obtain an ID card for the book you've just read and leave it with the book on a park bench, in the coffeeshop, or on the bus (etc, etc). The idea is that someone else will come along, pick up the book, read it, and then to go the website to let others know what they thought of it.

On June 3rd, our guest-host Charity Nebbe talked with Claudia DeMonte, about DeMonte''s collection of artwork depicting women, called "Women of the World". It's a look at how women and womanhood is portrayed and perceived in many different cultures. She spent years locating and collecting the works. More information is at Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art.

submission from: Susan Friedman

Sorry, I just cannot write about any technology favorite until I have dropped to the ground and kissed the hem of the garment of the person who invented In the Google Age, curiosity never goes hungry. In addition to easily finding everything ever needed by way of information, I am thrilled silly to be able to track down every last arcane reference or musing that comes along: want to know the story of Heloise and Abelard? the complete lyrics for Carmina Burana?, cover designs for popular music from the first half of the 20th century? Got it. And the miraculous organization of these bazillion pieces of information makes any other search engine look like a small town library after being vandalized. My gratitude knows no bounds.

submission from: John Tebeau Not to be confused with and ESPECIALLY not with Dot org's been sticking it to "President" Bush and his cronies as well as anybody. Satire in the style of The Onion. Give it a look and pass it on to other horrible, horrible patriots (like me) that have the unmitigated GALL to question this administration and its motives.

submission from: Amanda McWhorter
Annals of Improbable Research

Todd’s conversation with Marc Abrahams, founder of the Annals of Improbable Research, peaked my curiosity about what unbelievable-but certainly not unremarkable, as Abrahams proves-research is going on in labs the world over. The Ig Nobel awards, a spoof of the actual awards, go to “achievements that cannot or should not be reproduced”. Just a glimpse at some of the past recipients explains it all: the study of injuries due to falling coconuts, the organization of the Apostrophe Protection Society, and the study of the tendency of adolescents to engage in rhinotillexomania...or nose-picking. The website really does justice to the inanity of these well-meaning researchers. Check it out at

submission from: Amanda McWhorter

Ray and Sharon Courts operate the Hollywood Celebrities and Collectors Show, traveling across the country with a pack of genuine celebrities, offering fans the chance to meet the stars. Ray talked with Todd and told some great stories about past shows, from Mickey Rooney’s bad attitude to Hugh Hefner’s playmates’ party outfits, and their website is (expectedly) kitschy fun! Featured articles and a list of upcoming events tell more about the shows. "Often emulated and imitated, but NEVER duplicated."