Some Fascinating Facts That You Should Know

Stop Getting So Upset

February 13, 2015


Interview with Rick Carson, author of the book Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way




Mike Carruthers:
There's an amazingly simple technique to make yourself feel better and it goes something like this:


Rick Carson:
If you catch yourself in the act of making yourself miserable, as you're making yourself miserable, if you really witness it…it's sort of like you caught yourself in the act of repeatedly sticking your thumb in your eye…it becomes very obvious.

Rick Carson

What It Means To Be Organized

February 27, 2015


Interview with Liz Franklin, author of the book How to Get Organized Without Resorting to Arson: A Step-By-Step Guide to Clearing Your Desk Without Panic or the Use of Open Flame




Mike Carruthers:
Do you think of your life as disorganized?


Liz Franklin:
When people say they're disorganized, they mean very, very different things. Some people mean their stuff looks messy. Some people mean they just don't have enough time.

Liz Franklin

What Is The Universe?

February 20, 2015


Interview with Janna Levin, author of the book How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space




Mike Carruthers:
What exactly is the universe?


Janna Levin:
The universe in a sense is the whole thing. It's everything you could possibly think of and imagine. It's space, it's time, it's all the matter in the universe, all the galaxies. 

Janna Levin

Our English Alphabet

February 12, 2015


Interview with David Sacks, author of the book Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from A to Z




Mike Carruthers:
Where DO the twenty-six letters in our alphabet come from?


David Sacks:
Our twenty-six come down to us from twenty-three letters that the ancient Romans used.

David Sacks

What You May Not Know About Caffeine

February 10, 2015


Interview with Murray Carpenter, author of the book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us




Mike Carruthers:
When it comes to coffee and caffeine there are a lot of things you may not know. For example with all the coffee shops around today you think we drink more of it today than ever.


Murray Carpenter:
We actually consume less coffee than we did 60 years ago. Coffee consumption peaked in this country around 1950 per capita.

Murray Carpenter

The Design Of Office Space

February 9, 2015


Interview with Nikil Saval, author of the book Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace




Mike Carruthers:
The look and design of office space has changed a lot over the years. At first offices were designed like factories.


Nikil Saval:
Just row, after row of desks in the center of the room for typist or accountants – people pace the floor like foremen as well just to supervise.

Nikil Saval

Science Questions, Answered - Part 2

January 29, 2015


Interview with Kathy Wollard, author of the book How Come?: Every Kid's Science Questions Explained




Mike Carruthers:
Every time you touch metal it feels colder than everything else in the room. Why?

Kathy Wollard:

It’s not that things are at different temperatures. Metal is such a good conductor of heat that the minute your finger touches it, it starts siphoning heat away from your skin. So you sense that the metal is actually colder.

Kathy Wollard

Science Questions, Answered

January 28, 2015


Interview with Kathy Wollard, author of the book How Come?: Every Kid's Science Questions Explained




Mike Carruthers:
There are a lot of science questions you’ve probably wondered about but don’t know the answer. Like; do camels really store water in their humps?

Kathy Wollard:

What they’re actually storing in their humps is fat. And they use that over their time in the desert they burn it fully for energy but they also get some water from it.

Kathy Wollard

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

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