June 24, 2003

What makes us who we are: nature or nurture? In 2001, scientists discovered the human genome contained less than a third of genes than was originally thought. It led scientists to conclude that there are simply not enough genes to account for the way humans behave. Todd talks with author Matt Ridley about how our uniqueness is a combination of science and upbringing. Ridley's book is called "Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human".

A new study at the University of Michigan has found that people are more likely to lie about sex and money to a real person in a telephone survey than a computerized voice. Todd talks with scientist Eleanor Singer about this discovery, how it was conducted and why we behave this way. Singer is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Todd talks with author Guthrie Ramsey Jr about the popularity and influence of African American music. They discuss the history of African American music and how it has shaped and reflected identities in the black community. Ramsey's books is called "Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop".