April 21, 2003

SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has become a worldwide concern. What is it, what do we know about it and what is the danger of a worldwide flu pandemic? Todd is joined by Dr. Robert Webster from the World Health Organisation. They talk about the nature of SARS and influenza and how they have the potential to become worldwide health disasters. Dr. Webster is Director of the WHO Collaborating Center on the Ecology of Influenza.

Daylight saving is a dangerous time of year for antique clocks as their fragile arms get wound forward an hour by clumsy human hands. Todd talks with horologist Rob Youngs, who has invented a device which automatically winds antique clocks forward an hour in summer and back again in fall, without damaging their fragile mechanisms. They talk about how this device works and how he built it.

If planet Earth were a corporation, what would its annual report to the shareholders look like? Todd is joined by Robert Costanza who is preparing to present the United Nations with "Earth Inc", the planet's first report to shareholders. Costanza is the director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.