September 4, 2001

Chimpanzees are the animals most closely related to humans, and Roger Fouts, professor of psychology at Central Washington University, has spent 30 years studying them. He talks about his work with Washoe, a 37-year-old chimp who has been raised in a laboratory setting and has learned to communicate with American Sign Language. Fouts has written "Next of Kin: My Conversations With Chimpanzees".

Robots are being developed to find and rescue urban disaster victims. Robin Murphy, computer science instructor, talks with Todd about the robots, which can enter disaster scenes and detect human cries for help. Murphy is at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

JetBlue Airways is a new airline start-up. Todd talks with CEO David Neeleman about what it takes to create a successful airline. Neeleman describes the airline business today, how he's running JetBlue, and his plans for the future.

Anne Sanborn wants to protect the Florida beaches from sand that is not natural. She talks with Todd about how the white sand, native to the Florida coast, is lost during housing developments and storms. She explains why only white, clean sand should be allowed into the the beaches as a replacement.