Between 1854 and 1929 the streets of New York City
were overflowing with runaway and abandoned children.
Instead of keeping them in jails, Charles Loring Brace,
a young minister, decided to move the kids into
families in the American Midwest and West.
Stephen O'Connor, adjunct professor in creative
writing at Lehman College, talks with Todd about
these "Orphan Trains", and how they affected
the lives of the poor children who participated.
Art Smith was abandoned by his mother as a baby,
and spent much of his first few years in orphanages. When he was five, he was included in a group of children who were sent to Iowa on one of Charles Loring Braces' "Orphan Trains". He was taken in by a family there, who later adopted him when he was 12. Smith talks with Todd about his experiences growing up, and how the train to Iowa affected his life forever.
Tad McGeer, president of the Insitu Group aeronautics
firm, tells Todd about the "Seascan" plane. The plane
uses GPS to fly long distances on a minimal amount
of fuel. As McGeer explains, the "Seascan" will
be used in weather observations, search and rescue
missions, and scientific research.