June 18, 2003

In 1971, twenty six "Stone Age" rain-forest dwellers were discovered living in total isolation in the Phillipines. The people were known as the "Tasaday" and their discovery made world news. Yet some anthropologists believed the Tasaday world was a hoax. Todd talks with author Robin Hemley about the story of the Tasaday people and the truth behind their existence. Hemley's book is called "Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday".

The word "hack" was first used at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - but it had nothing to do with computers. Instead, it was used to describe the clever and intellectually challenging pranks performed by MIT students. Todd talks with historian Kathleen Thurston-Lighty about the history of "Hacks" at MIT. Thurston-Lighty book is "Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT".

Most of us are quite content to keep our distance from stinging insects. However, entomologist Justin Schmidt makes his living by studying the nature of stinging. He talks with Todd about different stinging insects, how they sting and why some stings are more painful than others. Schmidt is an entomologist at the University of Arizona.