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

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

December 4, 2014

Interview with Linda Babcock, author of Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation--and Positive Strategies for Change



Mike Carruthers:
An interesting difference between men and women is that men tend to ask for what they want, and women don't.


Linda Babcock:
I interviewed a woman who was getting her first job after her M.B.A., and she said, "You know I didn't negotiate my salary because I wanted to start out on the right foot with my employer." 

Linda Babcock

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

December 2, 2014


Interview with Stephen Budiansky, author of the book The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis familiaris




Mike Carruthers:
Why do dogs hate the mailman?


Stephen Budiansky:
It's a classic reinforced behavior. The mailman comes the dog perceives it as an intrusion on its territory, he barks at him and the mailman goes away - it worked.

Stephen Budiansky

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

November 28, 2014


Interview with Harriet Braiker, author of the book Who's Pulling Your Strings?: How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life




Mike Carruthers:
Do you know people who are manipulative?

Harriet B. Braiker, PhD:
Manipulators manipulate through the promise of a big gain, so there's usually something you really want and/or something you're very afraid of losing. 


Harriet Braiker


November 27, 2014


Interview with Dr. Kevin Soden, author of the book Special Treatment: How to get the Same High-Quality Health Care Your Doctor Gets




Mike Carruthers: 
Have you ever wondered if doctors get better healthcare than the rest of us?


Kevin Soden, M.D.:
Doctors do know the inside information. They know how to get to the best hospitals, how to get to the best doctors, and how to get the best care.

Dr. Kevin Soden

November 26, 2014


Interview with Peter Stark, author of the book The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need: 101 Ways to Win Every Time in Any Situation





Mike Carruthers: 
Everybody negotiates all the time.


Peter Stark:
Every time you communicate with the intent to change the relationship some way, you're negotiating.

Peter Stark

November 25, 2014


Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, author of the book Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love




Mike Carruthers:
If you stop and listen for a moment you can probably here your inner critic.


Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo:
And I like to think of an inner critic is actually a very positive force if you use it well.


Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

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