April 30, 2003

Writer Tony Perrottet talks with Todd about the world's first tourists. He recounts his journey along the route of the Grand Tour, from Rome to Egypt. He explains that ancient Romans were the first to embark on travels simply for the joy of sightseeing and the adventure of the expedition. His book is called "Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of the Ancient Roman Tourists."

It is generally understood that the most effective way to re-hydrate our bodies is to drink water. However, new studies show that any drink, from juice to coffee to cola will do the job. Todd talks with Ann Grandjean about the study and how it was conducted. Grandjean is a researcher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The game of golf is unquestionably one of the world's most popular sports. Yet why is it so attractive to the men who occupy the Oval Office? Todd talks with author Don Van Natta Jr. about golf and America's Presidents. They discuss why some Presidents loved golf so much and what their games revealed about their characters. Van Natta's new book is called "First off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters from Taft to Bush".