Some Fascinating Facts That You Should Know

Family Dinner Together

January 27, 2015


Interview with Anne Fishel, author of the book Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids




Mike Carruthers:
In the last few years there’s been a lot of talk and research about the importance of families eating dinner together. And that research is pretty astounding.


Anne Fishel:
It turns out that dinner conversation for young children boosts vocabulary even more than reading aloud to them.


Anne Fishel

Classic Christmas Toys

December 19, 2014


Interview with David Hoffman, author of the book Kid Stuff: Great Toys from Our Childhood




Mike Carruthers: 
So many of the classic toys never started out as toys. 


David Hoffman:
Lionel Trains were actually, the guy who came up with the concept of a play train did it as a store display, in a toy shop, to show off other toys.

David Hoffman

How St. Nick Became Santa Claus

December 15, 2014


Interview with Jeff Guinn, co-author of the book The Autobiography of Santa Claus




Mike Carruthers:
Have you ever wondered how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus?


Jeff Guinn:
Santa Claus is the name that he actually got in America back when we were still colonies of the British and the Dutch.

Jeff Guinn

How Men & Women Are Attracted To Each Other

December 12, 2014


Interview with Jay Phelan, co-author of the book Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food Taming Our Primal Instincts




Mike Carruthers:
Evolution plays an important role in attraction to the opposite sex. For example women seem to be programmed to be attracted to a good provider.


Jay Phelan:
One of my favorite studies is that women ranked about a hundred photos of men, and how attractive are they.

Jay Phelan

Giving Back

December 8, 2014


Interview with Clea Newman, Serious Fun Children's Network




Mike Carruthers:
Many families have a holiday tradition of giving back this time or year - whether it’s giving money or volunteering.


Clea Newman:
I think that giving back makes you feel whole. And I’m very blessed that my family made it a tradition.

Clea Newman

Why We Have a QWERT Keyboard

December 5, 2014


Interview with Torbjorn Lundmark, author of the book Quirky Qwerty: The Story of the Keyboard @ Your Fingertips




Mike Carruthers:
It's called the QWERTY keyboard. It's the layout of the letters and other characters on a computer or typewriter. Where did it come from?


Torbjorn Lundmark:
It's the creation of an American inventor called Christopher Latham Sholes. His first design had an alphabetical layout keyboard.

Torbjorn Lundmark

Interesting Word Origins

December 3, 2014


Interview with Evan Morris, author of the book The Word Detective: Solving the Mysteries Behind Those Pesky Words and Phrases




Mike Carruthers:
The phrase "Happy as a clam" is used to describe someone who is extremely happy. But where did that phrase come from?


Evan Morris:
The phrase actually makes a lot more sense if you know what the whole phrase originally was, which was "Happy as a clam at high tide.

Evan Morris

Who Are You?

December 1, 2014


Interview with Dr. Bowen White, author of the book Why Normal Isn't Healthy: How to Find Heart, Meaning Passion & Humor on the Road Most Traveled




Mike Carruthers: 
Have you ever stepped back and taken a careful look at your life?

Dr. Bowen White

You know we all have a secret that we share that we don't talk about. We all have these feelings of inadequacy we don't want anyone else to know about. So we walk around acting like we know what we're doing.

Dr. Bowen White

History You Never Knew

 November 14, 2014


Interview with Richard Shenkman, author of the book One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents




Mike Carruthers:
History is full of intriguing, little-known stories. For example…


Richard Shenkman:
J. Edgar Hoover did not like anybody walking on his shadow. We don't know if it was a superstition, or some security precaution that he took, but it was well known in the F.B.I.; if there was a light casting a shadow on Hoover, don't step in it.

Richard Shenkman

Making Your Voice Sound Better

 November 12, 2014


Interview with Roger Love, author of the book Set Your Voice Free: How To Get The Singing Or Speaking Voice You Want




Mike Carruthers:
How would you like to immediately improve the sound of your voice?


Roger Love:
Take a breath, fill up your tummy with air, and while you're speaking make sure that your stomach is coming in, in, in - the whole time that you're speaking. That really helps to push the air out and create a beautiful sound.

Roger Love

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