September 14, 2001

David Monette, trumpet designer, talks about the development of the trumpet. He talks about how trumpets have changed slightly over the past one hundred years. He describes the features he has designed in search of a richer sound, from changing the thickness of the metal to re-designing the mouthpiece.

John McConnaughey, habitat biologist at the Department of Fish and Wildlife in Washington State, talks about radioactive tumbleweed in the now defunct Hanford Nuclear Reservation along the Columbia River. He talks about how nuclear power plants in this area have effected plant life, and what will happen as the chemicals travel through the food chain.

Allan Metcalf, author and Professor of English at MacMurray College, discusses the development of the English language. He talks about how English changed with the arrival of immigrants to America, and discusses how foreign languages have contributed to our vocabulary. His book is "America in So Many Words: Words That Have Shaped America".