May 29, 2003

Todd talks with education writer Kathleen Cushman about the state of teaching today and the insight that students can give to teachers about how to reach kids in the classroom. Cushman tells Todd about the interviews she conducted with high school students and what they told her about how they learn and how they'd like to be taught. Cushman is the author of "Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers From High School Students."

NASA's Polar satellite has given scientists a new view of the Northern Lights. Scientists have known for some time that Aurora displays are caused by energetic interactions between atoms and electrons. Todd talks with physicist John Wygant about his discovery that those interactions may be powered by a springlike wiggling within the Earth's magnetic field. Wygant is a professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota.

Colonel John Boyd is remembered by many as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever. He's also been given credit for single handedly changing how air combat is conducted. Todd talks with Robert Coram about Boyd's approach to flying, the innovations he introduced, and his legacy. Coram has written "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War."