Some Fascinating Facts That You Should Know

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

What Influences How Much You Eat - Part 2

July 15, 2014


Interview with Dr. Brian Wansink, author of the book Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life




Mike Carruthers:
We’ve known for some time that the size of your dinner plate can influence how much you eat.


Dr. Brian Wansink:
So if you have a 12 inch plate which is what most of us have you’ll serve about 22% more of a food on a 12 inch plate than a 10 inch plate. Because 4 ounces of pasta on a 10 inch plate looks like a full plate 4 ounces on a 12 inch plate looks like an appetizer so you add a little bit more.

Dr. Brian Wansink

What Influences How Much You Eat

July 14, 2014


Interview with Dr. Brian Wansink, author of the book Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life




Mike Carruthers:
Whether you know it or not you have a preference how your food is presented on a plate.


Dr. Brian Wansink:
American adults for instance prefer to have the main course right, front, center of the plate. And then we also prefer to have the vegetable on the left and that ends up being almost a nationwide preference for most North Americans.

Dr. Brian Wansink

Defining Time

July 9, 2014


Interview with Brian Greene, author of the book The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality




Mike Carruthers:
All we really have is time. It's a common expression, but when you think about it, what exactly is time?


Brian Greene:
Time in particular is one of the most puzzling concepts that we as humans have ever come upon.

Brian Greene

Interesting Quirks Of U.S. Presidents

June 20, 2014


Interview with Cormac O’Brien, author of the book Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents




Mike Carruthers:
We’ve had 44 United States Presidents and some of them have been a little bit quirky.


Cormac O'Brien:
One of my favorites is the story of James Monroe. He got into an argument with his own Secretary of the Treasury, a fellow named Crawford. It got so bad that Crawford started threatening violence and the President had to chase the guy out of the White House with a hot fire tongs.


Cormac O'Brien

The Trouble with Being A "Nice" Guy

June 13, 2014


Interview with Robert Glover, author of the book No More Mr Nice Guy




Mike Carruthers:
There are a lot more nice guys around today than ever before.


Robert A. Glover:
Since World War II, the number has increased dramatically. I would estimate that maybe one in four to one in three American males are nice guys.

Robert A. Glover

Etiquette Rules In 2014

June 11, 2014


Interview with Peter Post,author of the book The Etiquette Advantage in Business, Third Edition: Personal Skills for Professional Success




Mike Carruthers:
The rules of etiquette are constantly evolving and changing.


Peter Post:
What doesn’t change in etiquette is what we call some principles that drive how those manners are arrived at. And those principles are to be considerate, respectful and honest and those are timeless in cross cultural boundaries.


Peter Post

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