November 12, 2001

Many people have had roommates at some point in their lives, perhaps in college when trying to cut costs. Today, an increasing number of older people are looking for shared housing for the same reason. Living with another person can be fun and lead to more friendships, says Deborah Altus, an associate professor of family studies at Kansas State University. She talks with Todd about seniors living with other older people, or with their children, and the effect this has on everyone involved.

Todd talks with Stanley H. Kaplan, the founder of the Kaplan test-prep programs. Kaplan's interest in coaching students started in the 1920's, when he tutored fellow classmates. His business now prepares students for college admission tests. Kaplan talks with Todd about how he's developed the theories behind the Kaplan standardized tests, and why he's pursued the business. His book is "Test Pilot: How I Broke Testing Barriers for Millions of Students and Caused a Sonic Boom in the Business of Education".

Our book reviewer, Lev Raphael, talks with Todd about "Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage", by Joseph E. Persico; "Lit Life: A Novel", by Kurt Wenzel; and "The Big Mango", by Norman Kelley. Raphael is an author, and reviews books for "The Todd Mundt Show" and "The Detroit Free Press".