October 29, 2001

American cities received little attention from tourists in the 1800's. By the turn of the century, however, urban touring was gaining popularity. Todd talks with author Catherine Cocks about the urban and cultural development of the United States around the turn of the 20th century. Author of "Doing the Town, The Rise of Urban Tourism in the United States 1850-1915"

Todd talks with Abigail Stefaniw, research specialist in architechure at the Polytechis Institute in New York, about the overlooked impact that classroom acoustics have on children's ability to concentrate and learn.

Popular music researcherBarbara Ching talks with Todd about "hard" country music- artists like Hank Williams Senior and Junior, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam-and contrasts it with mainstream country music. She contends that this hard genre of country serves to expose the complexities of everyday life and of ourselves. She is the author of "Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture".