January 14, 2003

In 1959, a disenchanted 29 year old Berry Gordy borrowed 800 dollars and started a record company in a poor Detroit neighbourhood. He named the company, Motown. Now, Gordy's story is documented in a new book, "Motown; Music, Money, Sex and Power". Todd is joined by the author Gerald Posner. They talk about the tumultuous early years in Detroit and discuss the largely untold story of the history of Motown and it's stars.

Anglers are legendary for telling tall tales about the size of their catch. But some lies, such as the actual quantity of their catches and keeping the small fish they ought to throw back, can send struggling fisheries into total collapse. Todd talks with Fisheries Biologist, Michael Sullivan, about this problem and the future of fish populations.

Jean Beagle Ristaino may be the person to reveal the villain behind the Irish Potato Famine in the mid-nineteenth century. Her research uncovers the culprit; a disease originating from Mexico. Ristaino is a Plant Pathologist at North Carolina State University.

Photographer Jim Sanderson joins Todd. They discuss the practise of "camera trapping"; capturing wild animals on film in some of the world's most remote and ecologically sensitive places. Sanderson is a biologist at Conservation International in Washington D.C.