May 14, 2001
Animals play a significant role in the lives of children, in reality and in their imaginations. Gail Melson talks with Todd about how having a pet can teach kids empathy, and how animal characters in books and cartoons can become role models and mentors. Melson is a Professor of Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. Her book is "Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the Lives of Children".

The US Tennis Association has a division for players over 90 years old. The number 1 player in this rank is Emil Johnson, who talks with Todd about playing tennis at his age, and how he stays in shape. He discusses the reason for the senior division -- the oldest players kept on playing. Johnson is 93.

Lev Raphael brings his latest stack of books to the studio today, and talks with Todd about "Hiding Places: A Father and His Sons Retrace Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust", by Daniel Rose and "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History", by James Carroll. Raphael reviews books for "The Todd Mundt Show" and the "Detroit Free Press"..

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