February 12, 2003

In 1882, the King of Hawaii built the Iolani Palace for his residence. The monarcy was overthrown by the U-S in 1893, and the royal possessions were auctioned away. Now the palace is a museum, and volunteers are searching for the lost heirlooms. Todd talks with curator Alice Guild about the palace and its history, and its restoration.

Psychologist Wade Rowatt talks with Todd about why people tend to lie about their characteristics or appearance in order to land dates. He tells Todd about his study, and what people say in order to appear more desirable. Rowatt is a researcher at Baylor University.

By using a high powered X-Ray, researcher Mark Westneat discovered that bugs do in fact, breathe. Westneat joins Todd to talk about this discovery, how insects breathe, why it's taken so long to prove and what the implications are for the study of entomology. Westneat is a researcher for Chicago's Field Museum.

Recently an Egyptian toothpaste formula dating back to the fourth century A.D. was uncovered. It's the oldest toothpaste recipe known to historians and proves that the Ancient Egyptians were very particular about dental hygiene. Todd talks with Lisa Schwappach-Shirriff the Curator at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, about this discovery and the tooth care habits of the Ancient Egyptians.



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