July 17, 2001

During summer travel, you're likely to spend time at a few airports during layovers. Travel author Harriet Baskas talks with Todd about the new airport amenities at major airports, how to spend extra time there. Her book is "Stuck at the Airport: A Traveler's Survival Guide".

We get much of our information from statistics, compiled after polling and research. Science writer David Salsburg talks about the history of statistics and the great innovators who worked to make gathering and applying data accurate. Salsburg's book is "The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century".

Are the statistics we read about or see on television true? According to Joel Best, they're not. He talks about how stats are manipulated to give a contorted view of social issues. His book is "Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicains, and Activists".