November 26, 2001

Todd talks with Georgetown University professor Suzanna Walters about the portrayal of gays in the media. She explains how television and film directors use gay characters, and strengthen the typcial heterosexual stereotype. She talks about whether the gay characters are breaking new ground, or are still restrictive. Her book is "All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America".

The Hamann-Todd Osteologican Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a collection of human bones from people of different racial groups and ages. They all died in the early 20th Century. The collection includes information about the cause of death, explains museum director Bruce Latimer. He talks with Todd about the purpose of the collection, how it was started in 1893, and what we can learn from it.

Todd talks with Dr. Saki Santorelli, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts about a new way to relieve stress, called "mindfulness meditation". He explains that this procedure can help with daily stresses and help you relax.

When Americans travel abroad, they are usually easily spotted. Travel writer Ed Hewitt talks with Todd about how Americans can blend in while traveling in other countries, and the signs of American culture that give them away.