January 6, 2003

Todd talks with Ronald Asmus one of the first advocates of NATO enlargement and the former top aide to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. They discuss Asmus's book "Opening Nato's Door: How the Alliance Remade Itself for the New Era"; the first full-scale study of NATO'S expansion and modernization since the Cold War.

Over the past three years, the Detroit Zoological Institute has rescued over 30 wild animals from unfortunate situations. Todd Talks with the Director of Detroit's Zoological Institute, Ron Kagan about their newest rescue; a 340 pound polar bear taken from a circus in Puerto Rico.

What do you think are the best albums of 2002? Music critic, Jim Derogatis returns to the show to discuss his ten favorites for the past year. They also chat about the the different trends in music last year, including the resurgence of garage rock and the flourishing of the underground hip-hop scene. Jim is the music critic for the "Chicago-Sun Times".