February 18, 2003

Taking a cruise is one of the most popular vacation choices, attracting more than 12 million passengers a year. But this growth is causing problems that most passengers are unaware of such as lower safety standards, environmental problems and more. Todd talks with Ross Klein, author of "Cruise Ship Blues: The Underside of the Cruise Industry".

The startling alarms of the smoke detector can often cause individuals, particularly children, to panic unnecessarily. But Brent Routman has invented a talking smoke detector which tells children in the soothing voice of their parents what they need to do to escape from a burning house. Todd talks with Routman about his invention.

Todd talks with composer and performer, Daniel Bernard Roumain. They talk about his career as one of the few African American composers and his unique synthesis of classical music and hip hop.



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