March 6, 2003

Neuroscientist Steve Potter talks with Todd about his hopes for learning more about human brains by studying a rat brain contained in a dish in his lab. The brain is connected to a computer, he explains, and controls a virtual rat. Potter looks for signs of learning in the computer-generated rat, and monitors the brain to find out how neurons respond to stimuli. He is a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Michigan's Idlewild resort served as a place for African Americans to gather after the Civil War. Lewis Walker, professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University, talks with Todd about the founding of the resort, its historical significance, and revitilization efforts. Idlewild was importan to black identity and culture, he explains. His book is "Black Eden: The Idlewild Community".

Jim Bellows, former newspaper editor, talks with Todd about his experiences in the newspaper business. He talks about the choices he made while working for major newspapers, his passion for journalism, and his attempts to educate and inform readers. He explains how journalism has changed over the years. His book is "The Last Editor: How I Saved "The New York Times", the "Washington Post", and the "Los Angeles Times" from Dullness and Complacency".

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