Some Fascinating Facts That You Should Know

Life's Little Aggravations

October 24, 2014


Interview with Laura Lee, author of the book The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation: 101 Things that Annoy, Bother, Chafe, Disturb, Enervate, Frustrate, Grate, Harass, Irk, Jar, Mife, Nettle, ... Trouble, Upset, Vex, Worry and X,Y Z You!




Mike Carruthers:
Life is full of little aggravations. Some of them have interesting explanations. For example, when toast falls on the floor, why does it always land butter side down?

Laura Lee:

It really does do that, and it’s not because the top is heavier or anything like that. It has to do with the height of tables.

Laura Lee

Interesting Facts About Light

October 3, 2014
Interview with Ben Bova, author of the book The Story of Light
Mike Carruthers:
You no doubt learned it in school but do you remember how fast light travels?
Dr. Ben Bova:
Nothing in the universe goes faster than light: 186,000 miles per second.

Ben Bova

Ben Bova, author of the book, The Story of Light...


History Of Walking

September 23, 2014


Interview with Joseph Amato, author of the book On Foot: A History of Walking




Mike Carruthers:
Walking, it’s something you do every day without giving it a whole lot of thought but… 


Joseph Amato:
Walking is a treacherous business. It’s kind of an organized activity around falling. Just as we’re going to fall, we bounce off yet another step.

Joseph Amato

Medical Miracles

September 11, 2014


Interview with Dr. Edward Creagan, author of the book How Not to Be My Patient: A Physician's Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis




Mike Carruthers: 
There are a lot of people walking around today who really should be dead.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.:
I have a formal presentation on miracles and I have the Cat scans and I have the MR scans and I have the pathology report. Patients who should have died twenty-five years ago continue to live meaningful productive and creative lives.

Dr. Edward T. Creagan


September 1, 2014


Interview with Dr. Michael Thompson, author of the book Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children




Mike Carruthers:
Childhood friendships can be the most important ones.



Michael Thompson, Ph.D:
You know friendship in childhood is a better predictor of adult mental health than grades or IQ.

Dr. Michael Thompson

What Happens When You Die?

August 29, 2014


Interview with Dr. Janis Amatuzio, author of the book Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living from a Forensic Pathologist




Mike Carruthers:
Interesting thing about death…


Dr. Janis Amatuzio:
Death is the only thing that I can think of where a death in the family will get you out of work, out of court, out of cooking, out of cleaning because everybody knows that you have to give grief your full attention.


Dr. Janis Amatuzio

Back To School

August 18, 2014


Interview with Ron Clark, author of the book The Excellent 11: Qualities Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children




Mike Carruthers:
This fall a lot of kids dread going back to school because of a problem that seems to be getting worse and worse.


Ron Clark:
We are losing so many kids in America because they're being bullied they're being picked on; they don't want to go to school. The school environment is not a positive place for a lot of kids.

Ron Clark


August 1, 2014


Interview with Andrew Spielman, author of the book Mosquito: A Natural History of Our Most Persistent and Deadly Foe




Mike Carruthers:
A mosquito is more likely to bite you late in the afternoon and male mosquitoes never bite?

Andrew Spielman:
It’s only the female that sucks blood and the blood that is ingested is used for the production of eggs.

Andrew Spielman

Why We Love Candy Bars

July 25, 2014


Interview with Steve Almond, author of the book Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America




Mike Carruthers:
Candy bars have been around since about 1900, but didn't really take off until a few years later.


Steve Almond:
I would say that the major thing that brought candy bars, which are a uniquely American artifact, into the mainstream was the Dough Boys.

Steve Almond

What's In Your Genes

July 17, 2014


Interview with Philip Reilly, author of the book Is It in Your Genes?: The Influence of Genes on Common Disorders and Diseases that Affect You and Your Family (Handbooks)




Mike Carruthers:
Your genes play an important role in determining what diseases you likely will get and what diseases you likely won’t get.


Philip Reilly:
After all, we know that heavy smoking causes lung cancer, but only 10% of heavy smokers get lung cancer. Why is that?

Philip Reilly

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