March 1, 2001

In the 50's a young FDA official averted disaster by delaying U.S. approval for Thalidomide, eventually linked to birth defects.  But the infamous drug is back -- as a treatment for leprosy, cancer, and immune disorders.  Rock Brynner has used Thalidomide, and he'll tell us about this infamous drug's redemption.  He co-wrote "Dark Remedy : The Impact Of Thalidomide And Its Revival As A Vital Medicine".

The Smithsonian Institution wants to purchase a portrait of George Washington, by the artist Gilbert Stuart. The piece, on loan by the the owner, has been on display at the National Portrait Gallery for over 30 years. Patrick Madden, Director of External Affairs at the Gallery, talks with Todd about how the owner may put the painting up for sale if the institution doesn't raise enough money to buy it.

Joel Soler has created a documentary that offers a vivid picture of Iraq leader Saddam Hussein. Soler talks with Todd about the film, and how he obtained information and footage in Iraq under false pretenses. He discusses what he learned about Hussein's traits propaganda, and how he increases his wealth.  His film is called "Uncle Saddam".

The butterfly exhibit at the Frederick Meijer Gardens in Michigan presents visitors with thousands of tropical butterflies. Todd talks with spokesperson Sally Littlefair about the space for the butterflies in the exhibit, and the rarity of the butterfly species included.

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