March 11, 2003

with guest host Charity Nebbe

Charity talks with author Todd Gould about Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit. In his book, Gould traces the little-known history of the "Gold and Glory Sweepstakes" - a highly celebrated auto racing event for African-Americans during a time of sporting segregation. Gould's book is called "For Gold and glory: Charlie Wiggins and The African-American Racing Car Circuit".

How likely is it that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the Universe? Charity speaks with author William Burger who says planet Earth and it's inhabitants may be unique in our galaxy. He believes that unlike our planet, 95 percent of other stars in our galaxy are unlikely to supply the energy requirements to sustain life. Burger's book is called "Perfect Planet, Clever Species: How Unique are We?" Burger is the Curator Emeritius at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Do chimps show signs of embarrassment? Or can whales and ravens fall in love? Marc Bekoff, a biologist at the University of Colorado Boulder, thinks it may be true. After decades of watching wild and captive animals living in groups, Bekoff tells Charity that his studies show morality is not a trait unique to humans.