February 27, 2003

Professor Steven Strogatz joins Todd to discuss how order can emerge spontaneously out of disorder. Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, tells Todd about spontaneous synchronization, which he says can be found in many aspects of everyday life. Strogatz wrote "Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order".

Todd talks to Dr. Daniel Aeschbach about the biological differences between people who sleep a lot and people who sleep a little. Aeschbach, researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, explains why some people really do need a lot more sleep than others.

Todd is joined by Ivan Gazidis, deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer, to discuss Nike Project 40. The project, which is a joint venture between the U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer, aims to provide training to young American soccer players. Gazidis tells Todd how the program works, where the kids are recruited, and the coinciding academic programs.

Todd remembers Fred Rogers.