July 23, 2003

Between 1979 and 1999, author David Race Bannon worked as a covert operative for Interpol. His job entailed catching the worst criminals from around the world. He talks with Todd about his career, how he came to work for Interpol and some of his most frightening and challenging jobs. Bannon has written about his career in his book called "Race Against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister Criminals - A Real Life Drama."

Scientists have been documenting the benefits of napping for many years. Some researchers even say a nap could be as beneficial as a full nights sleep. Todd talks with Doctor Robert Stickgold about the benefits of napping and the definition of a "quality nap". Stickgold is a cognitive neuroscietist at Harvard Medical School.

Todd is joined by Heather Newman, our technology expert to discuss her favorite technological inventions from the past 5 years. She also tells us the tech-question that she is asked most frequently. Heather Newman is the technology writer for the Detroit Free Press.

The Somerset Museum in England is currently hosting one of the most unique exhibitions in Europe. Called "The Art of Chess" it features nineteen chess sets designed by different artists from the past 100 years to illustrate the interaction between chess and modern art. Todd talks with the organizer, Mark Sanders about the collection, the idea behind it and some of the famous artists who contributed to it.

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