April 28, 2003

The first real map of Earth was created in the 16th Century by Gerard Mercator. It was a painstaking process created during a time of military conflict, social upheaval and changed the way the way the earth was viewed Todd talks with author Nicholas Crane about the life of Mercator and and the history of the world's first atlas. Crane's book is called "Mercator: The Man who Mapped the Planet".

Women, as a rule, smile more than men. But new studies show that men may smile just as much as women - depending on the circumstances. Todd talks with Marianne LaFrance about the study and how they researched the project. LaFrance is a psychology professor at Yale University.

Fredric Alan Maxwell was incredulous when he discovered the Secret Service considered him a threat to President George W. Bush. Knowing it was a mistake, he found the scenario quite comical, until his life was put under the microscope. Todd talks with Maxwell about his experience and why he was targeted as a threat to the President. Maxwell is a freelance writer.

In the month after Marilyn Monroe killed herself the national suicide rate went up by 12%. Todd talks with Steven Stack, a professor of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University, about the phenomenon of copycat suicide attempts following the self inflicted death of a celebrity.