June 11, 2001

Writer Christopher Phillips left his job to travel the United States and teach the Socratic Method to groups in coffee shops and universities. He tells Todd about forming the groups, and leading critical discussions. His book is "Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste Of Philosophy".

Watching sports is enjoyable due to the mood swings experienced as scores changes and calls are made. Statistician Thomas Cover talks with Todd about the arbitrary way competitions unfold, called the "random walk", and says that this makes all sports equally exciting.

Book reviewer Lev Raphael stops by the studio with his summer reading picks. Today he talks with Todd about "Body Artist", by Don DeLillo; "Comfort Me With Apples", by Ruth Reichl, and "The Ape And The Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections Of A Primatologist", by Frans De Waal.