May 8, 2001
Charity Nebbe hosts today's show.

To most Americans, soccer is at best something you have to drive the kids to, at worst an excuse for frenzied hooliganism.  To the rest of the world, it represents the essence of democracy. What gives?  On today's show, we'll dissect the soccer paradox, as Todd talks with Andrei Markovits, Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, talks with Todd about soccer's popularity elsewhere in the world, and why it hasn't caught on in the States yet.  His book is "Offside: Soccer & American Exceptionalism".

We use sight to collect information about our surroundings, and to help us do things. Mary Hayhoe, professor at the University of Rochester, is monitoring the natural movements of the eye to find out how our gaze diverts during activity. She talks with Charity about "Gaze Trackers", technology that tracks the movement of the eye, and how even slight glances are important.

Global warming will affect the environment, and since we're living longer now, we're going to have more time to experience it.  Paul Delcourt, paleo-ecologist, talks with Todd about how baby boomers may need to adjust their retirement plans due to global warming. Delcourt's book is "Living Well in the Age of Global Warming: 10 Strategies for Boomers, Bobos, and Cultural Creatives".

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