December 3, 2001

The success of big companies relies on good product and marketing, but also on keeping secrets from competitors. Investigators can obtain valuable information about a company using modern technology, and some of them are paid to do it. Intelligence practitioner Marc Barry explains how some in corporate America hire spies to "obtain" information from competitors. The phenomenon is more common than expected. Barry has co-authored "Spooked: Espionage In Corporate America".

Miguel de Icaza's group, the "Gnome Foundation", makes computer software available to the public, and then encourages others to improve upon it. Although the idea is not attractive to large software companies, de Icaza explains what he hopes to accomplish, and why the process will benefit everyone involved.

Richard Fortey, author, talks with Todd about evolution--as told through the eyes of the trilobite. The creatures have witnessed geological and environmental changes throughout their 300 million year existence. By analyzing their life, we are able to better understand the Earth's history. Fortey's book is "Trilobite! Eyewitness To Evolution".