August 29, 2001

Andrea Tone, associate professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology, talks about the history of contraceptives, including how they were produced, bought, and used. She discusses the methods that have led to modern contraceptives used today. Her book is "Devices & Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America".

New research shows that fetuses have circadian rhythms, which help the unborn babies "decide" when to be born. Guillermo Valenzuela, co-author of the study, talks about how fetuses may control when contractions will start.

Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, is refurbishing its Classics Department, after disinterest in the program nearly forced it to close. Andrew Overman is the chairman of the department, and talks about how they have introduced archaeology, gender, and humanities classes into the Classics program. He talks about what a study in the "Classics" means today, and how the course study fits into a contemporary curriculum.