First Topic – Appalachian State 34 – University of Michigan 32
The unthinkable happened Saturday in the world of college football as division I-AA Appalachian State defeated the #5 Division 1 powerhouse University of Michigan. Many are arguing it is the greatest upset in the history of college football. U-M grad and author of Football U.: Spectator Sports in the Life of the American University, J. Douglas Toma, joins us. He breaks down the game and argues that sports--particularly football--play a key role in defining institutions that might otherwise be indistinguishable and are an indispensable tool in building a sense of community on campus, as well as an important factor in mustering alumni and political support.
Second Topic – Thugs
With national leaders like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad currently making headlines, we examine the lives and dreadful reigns of 56 infamous characters, both current and long gone, who shaped history with mass horror. Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it. We look at “How History's Most Notorious Despots Transformed the World through Terror, Tyranny, and Mass Murder.”