November 13, 2001

Todd talks with journalist Tim Folger about the technology required to build an anti-ballistic system. Folger talks about missile interceptors, how they work, and the unlikely conditions required for a successful interception.

The bond between mothers and newborns is important, and there are new theories concerning the best way to treat patients immediately before and after childbirth. Dr. John Kennell talks with Todd about using experienced female caregivers during birth, and the debate over hospital nursery practices. He is a professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University.

We know more about addictions thanks to molecular scientist Eric Nestler's research. He studies the nature of addiction, and the similarities between cravings like alcoholism and gambling. Nestler discusses how the brain responds to cravings and the drugs that might help. He is from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.