March 20, 2003

Todd talks with author Martin Dugard about the travels of explorer Captain James Cook. Dugard describes Cook's love for the ocean and childhood desire to search undiscovered places. He talks about how Cook drafted the first map of the Pacific Ocean, and why he was misunderstood by most of the public. Dugard discusses how Cook learned seafaring and quickly moved up the ranks. His book is "Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook".

Todd is joined by Peter Pae (PAY), Los Angeles Times Staff Writer who wrote an article about the Navy's chefs, and how they prepare the military's finest dining for submarines. Pae tells Todd about the history of good submarine food, which is a tradition that dates back to World War II, and how the good food is intended to make up for what is regarded as one of the toughest assignments in the military.

10,000 letters written by a family of slave traders 200 years ago were recently found in the New England attic of a descendant. Todd is joined by John Dann to discuss the letters, also known as the John Tailyour's (TAL-yer) papers. Dann, director of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan (where the papers are housed), explains what these letters teach us about certain aspects of slavery.