Something You Should Know

By Mike Carruthers / OmniCast Media

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 Aug 15, 2018


Sometimes all it takes is one little fact or one little piece of wisdom to change your life forever. That's the purpose and the hope of "Something You Should Know." In each episode, host Mike Carruthers interviews top experts in their field to bring you fascinating information and advice to help you save time and money, advance in your career, become wealthy, improve your relationships and help you simply get more out of life. In addition, Mike uncovers and shares short, engaging pieces of "intel" you can use to make your life better - today. Right now.

Episode Date
The Damage Done by Your Negative Self-Talk and How to Fix It & Why Boys Falling Behind

There are a lot of things you likely believe that are not true. For example, sugar causes hyperactivity in children. That’s just one of several commonly held beliefs that are not true as I begin this episode of the podcast.

You are constantly talking to yourself. And when you actually paid attention to what you are saying to yourself – you will be amazed. Shad Helmstetter author of the book What to Say When You Talk to Yourself ( and his new book The Power of Neuroplasticity ( joins me with a fascinating look at how what we say to ourselves actually shapes who we are. He also offers ways to stop telling yourself all the terrible things like, “I’m so stupid…” or “I’m such an idiot…” because it can make a huge difference in your life. Shad's website is

Some people try to squeeze the very last piece of toothpaste out of the tube or the last drop of shampoo out of the bottle. Is it worth the effort? How much can you save? I’ll explain the math then you can decide.

In every country in the developed world, boys are falling behind girls academically and socially. Why? What has happened that seems to have marginalized boys today? It seems there are a lot of factors according to Warren Farrell, former board member of the NYC branch of the National Organization for Women and author of the book The Boy Crisis ( Warren joins me with a look at how this has happened and how we can all help boys get back on track. 

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Feb 21, 2019
The Important Difference Between Being Rich and Being Wealthy & How to Control Any Conversation

When you grocery shop, are you one of those people who sometimes changes their mind and takes items out of your shopping cart and stashes them somewhere in the checkout line so you don’t have to buy them? Well, stores are making it harder to do that and that is just ones of the ways grocery stores try to get you to spend more money. I start this episode with a list of several other strategies grocery stores use because knowing could help you save money.

There is an interesting distinction between being rich and being wealthy according to writer Paul Sullivan. Paul writes the “Wealth Matters” column for The New York Times and he is author of the book, The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy ( and he joins me to explain the difference and why being wealthy is far better than being rich. More importantly he explains how anyone can be wealthy.

When it comes to what women find attractive in a man – sure, looks are important. But there is something else any man can easily do to make himself more attractive and appealing to a woman. It may not work every single time but research says it is pretty powerful. Listen to hear what it is.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could control any conversation so it went the way you wanted it to? MaryAnn Karinch, author of the book Control the Conversation: How to Charm, Deflect and Defend Your Position (, joins me to explore the ways you can master the art of conversation, be thoroughly charming and get the outcome you desire from any conversation with anyone. 

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Feb 18, 2019
How to Use Your Memory to be More Successful & The Secrets of Loving Couples

Couples should have a date night. That’s common advice to help keep the romance alive in long term relationships. But interestingly, “couple time” is not the highest quality time couples can have. In fact it doesn’t even come in second. Listen as I explain another way couples can spend their time that is much more rewarding.

Do you know how to make your memory work to your advantage? If you have ever had your memory fail at exactly the wrong time, listen to my guest Michael Tipper, author of the book Instant Recall ( Michael won the silver medal in the World Memory Championship by remembering 9 decks of playing cards in order! He joins me to offer some excellent techniques to help you understand and use your memory to your best advantage. 

You know that little front pocket that sits inside the big front pocket on blue jeans? Do you know why it is there and what it is for? The idea for that pocket came from Levi Strauss and when you listen you will hear what the original intended use was – which by the way is pretty much obsolete today.

There are a lot of people in relationships who are not getting what they want from their partner. Why is that? What happens in relationships that results in that seemingly inevitable path of negativity, criticism and conflict – and how do you fix it? Harville Hendrix has been working with couples for a long time to help them break free from the negativity that so often takes over in long term relationships. Harville is a practicing therapist and author of several books including the newly revised version of Getting the Love You Want ( which was a huge bestseller when it first came out several years ago. He joins me to reveal what causes relationships to go off-track and how to instantly change how couples interact so the negativity stops.

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Feb 14, 2019
The Fascinating Things That Make You Human & Natural Remedies – Which Ones Really Work?

If you want to be more persuasive, there is one little sentence to tack on to the end of any request that is more likely to get people to do what you want. Listen as I begin this episode by revealing that one simple sentence.

What makes you human? What is it about us that separates us from other earthly creatures? It’s a fascinating question that has been tackled by Michael Tomasello, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and author of a new book called Becoming Human ( What is so interesting is how we wouldn’t be so human without our interaction with other humans. While we may like to think of ourselves as superior to other animals – it may be more about how we different rather than how we are better. 

Do you use mouthwash on a regular basis? Did you know the American Dental Association doesn’t recommend that? I’ll explain why killing those bad breath germs in your mouth could have some serious negative consequences.

A lot of people swear by herbal remedies. A lot of other people prefer conventional medicine. Do herbal remedies actually work? And if so, which ones? Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. is a proponent of natural and herbal remedies and she wrote the forward to the new book, Nature's Best Remedies ( from National Geographic. She joins me to discuss the science behind some popular herbal remedies and offers help sorting out what works and what does not. 

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Feb 11, 2019
Really Dumb Things Smart People Do with Money and The Power of Having the Right Attitude

People who deal with the public as part of their job often begin to believe that people in general are not very bright. For example, one question workers at Disney theme parks are often asked is “What time is the 3 o’clock parade?” Which is, of course, a pretty stupid question on its surface. But it’s how the employees answer the question that makes Disney customer service so legendary – and any organization can do the same thing.

Making money mistakes can be devastating. Yet, a lot of very smart people do some amazingly dumb things with their money according to Jill Schlesinger, business analyst for CBS News, host of the podcast Jill on Money and author of the book, The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money Listen as Jill explains what to do now to avoid the consequences of stupid money mistakes. 

We’ve all been told that our attitude is important. I’m sure your parents or a teacher told you something along the lines of: “You can accomplish anything with the right attitude.” But wait a minute. Can the right attitude overcome a lack of skill or talent? John Maxwell, author of dozens of books including The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset joins me to explain what a good attitude can and cannot do and how to use your attitude to make you better at everything you do.

The first wrinkles people usually get are around the eyes – crow’s feet is what people call them. If you have them you should rejoice! Listen as I explain why getting these wrinkles can do wonders for how people see and perceive you.

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Feb 07, 2019
If Your Heart Has Ever Been Broken - Listen to This & Amazing Ways Numbers Affect You

When I need to solve a problem or think of something creative, I often lie down, close my eyes and think. And it turns out that is good advice for everyone. I start this episode with some interesting research that reveals why lying down is a good position to think in.

Just about everyone has had their heart broken even you, I bet. Psychologist Guy Winch, author of the book How to Fix a Broken Heart ( joins me to explain why a broken heart feels so horrible, how it is different than other forms of grief and why we need to take it more seriously. A broken heart can have negative long-lasting effects and Guy explains how to minimize those effects so you can move on with your life. 

Imagine life without zero. In the world of numbers, zero is a relatively new addition. And it is the only number that hasn’t changed over time. It is and always has been a circle. Alex Bellos, author of the book Alex’s Adventures in Numberland ( explains some of the fascination facts about numbers like: Why a minute has 60 seconds and an hour has 60 minutes; why a number for nothing (zero) was so revolutionary; why elevator buttons never use negative numbers to indicate floors below ground – and so much more. (Alex is also author of Puzzle Ninja and Soccer School

How can it be that 40% of food in the United States is wasted and thrown away? Many people use coupons and search for bargains at the supermarket and yet so much of that food never gets eaten. Listen as we explore the problem and what we can do. /21305862/

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Feb 04, 2019
How Social Media Sucks You In Without You Knowing It & How Chemicals in Your Home Mess with Your Hormones

Some people like their chocolate chip cookies crispy right out of the often while others like them soft and chewy and some people like them somewhere in between. This episode begins with an explanation of how to get them just the way you like them every single time.

Ever find it hard to get off Facebook or Instagram? Ever find yourself checking social media more often than you know you should? That turns out to be all by design according to Cal Newport. Cal is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and author of the book Digital Minimalism. Listen as Cal explains how social media sites manipulate your behavior and what you can do about it. 

There is new science that reveals that the chemicals around your house can really mess with your hormones and your health. Fire retardants in furniture, fragrances in cosmetics, BPA in aluminum cans and credit card receipts – all these things are having serious consequences on you and your family. Pediatrician Dr. Leonardo Trasande is vice-chair for research for the department of pediatrics at New York University and author of the book Sicker, Fatter, Poorer He joins me to explain the latest research that is sounding the alarm about the effects of these household chemicals.  

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be thinking about buying roses for someone special. Listen as I explain how not all roses are created equal and which ones are best to buy and where best to buy them.

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Jan 31, 2019
How to be a Great Customer So You Get What You Want & What do Facebook and Google Really Know About You?

We have all heard how some people become sad or depressed during the winter months? Maybe it’s the lack of sunlight or the social isolation of winter – or maybe it’s all a myth. I begin this episode with a look at Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and reveal how real it really is.

Have you heard of “surveillance capitalism”? It’s the business of collecting data on you and me and then selling that data to others. Google Facebook and a lot of other companies do it. It’s legal – but should it be? Shoshana Zuboff, a professor at Harvard and author of the book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism ( joins me to explore this highly lucrative business and explains we should all be concerned about it and why it could mean the end of privacy as we know it.

As winter storms approach, it is common for people to rush to the grocery and stock up on staples like bread and milk. Often to the point of leaving store shelves bare. But why? Storms only last a day or two. Why are we hoarding supplies as if we will be stranded for weeks? I’ll explain the psychology of all that.

As a customer you interact with a lot of professional people – waiters, store clerks, doctors, hair dressers teachers and a lot of others. Sometimes those interactions go horribly wrong. So what can you do to make sure things go right? Lynette Padwa author of the book, Say the Magic Words:How to Get What You Want from the People Who Have What You Need ( talked with those professionals and discovered the secrets to making your encounters go well so that you get exactly what you want and everyone is happy. Listen to discover how.  

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Jan 28, 2019
The Science of Making Meetings Not Suck & How to Be Much Happier (and Why You Should)

As I write and post this, much of the U.S. and other parts of the world have been hit by extreme cold in the last several days. So I begin today’s episode with a look at the science of how to stay warm when you are out in the cold.

“Boy I wish we had more meetings and I wish they lasted longer,” said no one ever in the history of mankind. At best, meetings are a necessary evil in business, organizations and even families. But meetings don’t have to be long, boring and pointless. Steven Rogelberg, Professor of Psychology, Management, and Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte is the author of the book The Surprising Science of Meetings and he joins me to reveal how you can make meetings more interesting, meaningful and relevant while making them shorter and maybe even less frequent. And if you like what he has to say, you can visit him at his website:

Did you know your cellphone can give you a bad complexion? It turns out a lot of people are having trouble with the skin on their face and it is all because of their cellphone. Listen as I explain why it happens and how to fix it.

You don’t have to look far to find podcasts, seminars, books and articles full of people telling you what they think will make you truly happy. However, in this episode we look at the SCIENCE of happiness with Catherine Sanderson. She is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences at Amherst College and author of the book The Positive Shift. Listen as Catherine not only explains how to make yourself happier, she also reveals the incredible dividends you receive when you do.

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Jan 24, 2019
Amazing Stories Behind Cool Whip, Mac & Cheese and other Iconic Food & What It Takes to Be in the Top 1%

There is a good chance that your partner is not a lot taller or shorter than you are. People seem to be attracted to people who are of a similar height but it is not for the reasons you might think. This episode begins with a fascinating explanation of how height is involved in mate selection. (

Despite the emphasis on eating natural, healthy and organic foods, we still eat a lot of processed foods. In fact, some of the bestselling foods are things like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Cool Whip, frozen dinners and Twinkies. Food writer Carolyn Wyman, author of Better than Homemade: Amazing Foods that Changed the Way We Eat ( joins me to explains some of the really interesting stories behind some of the most popular food products today.

Ever had trouble getting a refund from a retailer even though you know you were entitled to it? There is something you can tell that retailer that may very well get them to reconsider? (

What does it take to be the best in whatever you want to do? Perhaps it would help to look at elite athletes and see what it is they do to get to the top of their game. Alan Stein, author of the book Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best ( has worked with the very best basketball players and explains how anyone can transfer what those athletes do to improve their performance in any field. 

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Jan 21, 2019
The Magic of Building On Your Strengths and How to Better Handle the Admin of Daily Life

Should you really get an annual check-up or go to the dentist twice a year? What about wearing sunscreen everyday? Are all these things really necessary? We begin this episode with a look what the experts say about common health advice you’ve heard all your life.(

If you got a bad grade in school, then that was the subject you were told to work on. Fix your weaknesses – get that grade higher. Is that really good advice? Maybe you are better served by focusing on what you are good at rather than trying to improve your abilities for things you don’t like and are not particularly skilled at. Tom Rath, senior scientist and adviser to the Gallup organization and author of the book Strengths Finder 2.0 ( explains why focusing on your strengths rather than trying to fix your weaknesses is a much better life strategy. 

Want your kid to eat healthier? It’s all in the packaging and presentation. Listen as I explain some fascinating research from Yale University that explains how cartoon stickers can help you get your kids to eat right.

Ana amazing amount of your day is devoted to the little details of life. Everything from errands to filling out forms, writing emails, taking the car in service – you know what I mean. Elizabeth Emens, a law professor at Columbia Law School has identified all these tasks as – Life Admin. And she has some great ways to deal with all those tasks effectively and efficiently so you can get on to the bigger things in life. Elizabeth is author of the book, Life Admin ( and she joins me to discuss and offer some great advice.  

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Jan 17, 2019
How to Scientifically Make Your Brain Perform Noticeably Better & How to Effectively Hold a Grudge

How many times have you been told you should be thankful for what you have? Well, there may be some profound wisdom in that. I begin this podcast with some great research that shows how simple acts of gratitude can bring you benefits for a long time.

While you might think memory loss and cognitive decline are problems only for older people – you would be mistaken. Many younger people are walking around with sluggish, underperforming brains. Why? Listen as I talk with Steven Masley, M.D., an affiliate clinical associate professor at the University of South Florida, a fellow of the American Heart Association and author of the book, The Better Brain Solution ( Dr. Masley explains the 5 things that are causing so many people of all ages to have brain fog and underutilize their mental power. Then he reveals how to reverse it so you are using all your cognitive function and memory.

Do you know people who never seem to get sick? While some of it may be luck, a lot of it has to do with certain habits they perform that keep them from becoming ill. Listen as I describe several ways you can better arm yourself against winter colds and other bugs.

Holding a grudge does nobody any good – right? Well maybe. It really depends on how you define a grudge. Writer Sophie Hannah has a way to use grudges to your advantage. Sophie is the author of the book How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment―The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life ( She joins me to explain how grudge holding – when done correctly – can lead to a happier life and better relationships.

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Jan 14, 2019
How the House You Live In Affects Who You Are & The Scientific Way To Lose Weight for the New Year

When you feel and ache or pain in your body, you likely reach for a Tylenol. And it turns out that you should also reach for one when you are feeling emotional pain as well; such as loneliness or distress. Why? I begin this episode with that explanation.

No matter how clean you think your home is, you are sharing your house with millions of creatures – both visible and invisible. From the tiniest germs to your dog or cat – all of these creatures have an impact on you. In fact, if you own a cat, there is an excellent chance of getting infected with a parasite that will change your behavior! I know it sounds crazy but you have got to hear this. Rob Dunn, biologist and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University joins me to discuss the fascinating world inside your home you never knew was there. Rob is author of the book Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live (

One of the big pitfalls of writing texts or emails is that people can misinterpret your intent – particularly if you are being sarcastic. But I have a solution that will make sure people will understand what you are really trying to say in your written communication.

Do you know what your set point weight is? Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows there is a point where you get stuck and it is really hard to drop more weight. Jonathan Bailor, author of the bestselling book The Calorie Myth has researched this for his new book The Setpoint Diet ( He joins me to explain why people get stuck on their set point weight and how to outsmart your body so you can lose more weight.  

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Jan 10, 2019
The Fascinating Reason Why More is Never Enough & What You Never Knew About Spices

Everyone seems to have a cellphone – ALL the time. But there are some circumstances when you really should put your phone away so others don’t see it. I begin this episode by discussing when that is and why it is important.

It appears to be human nature to always want more. Then when we get what we want it is never enough. Why is that? It turns out there is a chemical in your brain that drives this behavior. To explain, I am joined by Daniel Lieberman, MD, who is a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and author of the book The More Molecule, How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex and Creativity – and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race (

Of course you know the results of reheating pizza in the microwave are horrible and heating it in the oven takes too long. But there is another way that is very fast and won’t leave your pizza all soggy and mushy. 

What do you know about spices? One thing for sure is that your food would be pretty bland without them. But there is so much more to the world of spices and how to use them. Food science writer Stuart Farrimond, author of the book Spice ( explains the science and lore of spices and offers suggestions to help you use them to cook tastier, more interesting food.  

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Jan 07, 2019
How to Stop Making Stupid Mistakes & How to Nail Your New Year’s Resolution

You think you understand the concept of distracted driving – yes? You know it is NOT a good idea to text and drive. But it turns out to be more complicated than that. I begin this episode with some fascinating research that shows that there is a residual effect when you get distracted that affects your driving for much longer than you think. You really need to hear this.

Ever make a really stupid mistake? Wouldn’t it be great if you could make far fewer of them and make a lot more good decisions instead? Listen to Charlie Seraphin author of the book, (One Stupid Mistake: Smart Decision-Making in a Crazy World He walks you through the process that will help you avoid mistakes, especially the big ones. Plus, he explains the importance of owning and learning from the mistakes you will inevitably make. 

People love to watch reruns of old TV shows and re-watch old movies – but why? You know how it is going to end so why watch it again. Well there is a reason for that and it is the same reason people like hearing the same songs over and over.

People have been making New Year’s resolutions for a long time and scientists have studied the idea and the process a lot over the years. What has become clear is that there are some strategies that can dramatically improve your chances of success. Keith McArthur has looked at the science and joins me to help you achieve your New Year's resolution or any other goal for that matter. Keith has a podcast and blog called My Instruction Manual ( and he is author of a book called (Winning Resolutions

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Jan 03, 2019
Best Moments of 2018 You May Have Missed - Part 2

We end 2018 with the second of our two-part look back at the best moments of the past year. With so much fascinating information from the last twelve months, it is fun to hit some highlight moments and relive them. I know you will hear things in this episode that you either missed or forgot – so listen and enjoy!

Dec 31, 2018
How to Become the Person You Really Want to Be & Why You Like What You Like

You probably associate yawning with being tired or maybe being bored. However, according to some interesting research, yawning has nothing to do with either one of those things. I begin this episode of the podcast at a look at why we yawn and why yawning is contagious.

Why is change so hard? Anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution knows that sticking with a major change is difficult. One of the big reasons is what executive coach Marshall Goldsmith calls “triggers.” Triggers are the things that can in the way of achieving your goals. In fact, his book is called Triggers ( Listen as Marshall offers really solid, concrete advice for making lasting positive changes in your life and achieving your goals. If you have never heard Marshall speak, you will love this interview and you will come away inspired. 

Have you ever wondered why you like the things you like? It is interesting that one person can hate something another person loves. It applies to food, colors, fashion, cars – almost anything. Why is that? What influences our tastes and preferences? Listen as I speak with Tom Vanderbilt author of the book You May Also Like and discover why you prefer some things over others and why your favorite color is your favorite color.

What really matters when it comes to health and long life? It may have less to do with diet and exercise (although they are important) and more to do with the kind of person you are. To find out if you are that kind of person, you need to answer an important question. Listen and I will tell you what that question is. (Dr. Paul Persall author of Write Your Own Pleasure Prescription

Dec 27, 2018
Best Moments of 2018 You May Have Missed – Part 1

With over 100 episodes a year, it is entirely possible you may have missed some of the best, most interesting moments of the past year. Or perhaps you may have forgotten some interesting intel you learned. So here are some highlights from 2018. 

Dec 24, 2018
How to Get People to Notice Just How Great You Really Are & Answers to Fascinating Life Questions

Does being unhappy make you more likely to get sick or even shorten your life span? A lot of people believe that. So, in this episode we look at the science behind that belief. How could unhappiness cause illness? The answer is complicated and not what you probably think.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people would notice and appreciate just how great you are at doing what you do? Yes it would be but it seldom happens. If you want to really get noticed – if you want people to really see how competent you are, you have to project an image of competence. Jack Nasher, a consultant and negotiation trainer is author of the book Convinced: How to Prove Your Competence and Win People Over ( Jack joins me to explain what it takes to really get people (including your boss) to see just how great you are and how well you do your job.

What time is it at the North Pole? Why does a whip crack? Why do people stick out their tongue when they are concentrating on a task? These are just some of the interesting questions I tackle with science writer Ivan Semeniuk. Ivan along with New Scientist magazine, published a book called Why Don’t Penguins Feet Freeze? ( (yes we answer that one too.) which explores some of these fascinating questions you’ve always wondered about.

What makes a food a “comfort” food? It turns out your favorite comfort food has more to do with who cooked it and where you ate it than it does with the food itself. Listen as I explain.

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Dec 20, 2018
The Amazing Science Behind Why You Dream at Night & How to Make Real Friends and Connections

There are a lot of theories and myths about alcohol and how not to fall victim to its effects. For example, mixing caffeine with alcohol will make you feel less sleepy or that light beers are healthier than regular beers. I begin this episode with an examination of which of these and other common held beliefs about alcohol are true or false.

Why do you dream at night? Do those dream serve a purpose or are they random thoughts the brain has as your body rests? Journalist Alice Robb, author of the book Why We Dream ( explores the science of dreaming and reveals some proven ways that you can use your dreams to help you in your waking life.

What is the best tasting ketchup? Is it some fancy organic gourmet ketchup or is it Heinz or Hunts or maybe Del Monte? Blind taste tests reveal a very clear winner. Listen and discover which ketchup reigns supreme. (The New Best Recipe cookbook by America's Test Kitchen - (

You probably have a lot more electronic friends on social media, texts and email than you have real friends. And while electronic friends are fine, having traditional friends and connections is probably more important than ever before. Susan RoAne author of the book How to Work a Room ( explores the importance of friendships and offers practical ways to find and make new friends.

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Dec 17, 2018
How to Ask For and Get Anything You Want & How Medicine Has Changed in 100 Years

Do attractive people really get the best tables at a restaurant? Did you know menus are designed to steer you to particular dishes? These are just a few of the things I cover as we kick-off this episode. It turns out there are a lot of fascinating things going on behind-the-scenes at restaurants that are helpful for you to know.

My father used to tell me, “You have to ask for what you want.” While that is good advice, it is hard for many people to ask for what they want and even harder to negotiate to get it. With some very practical advice is Dr. Meg Myers Morgan, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and author of the book, Everything is Negotiable The 5 Tactics to Get What You Want in Life, Love, and Work ( Meg joins me with some unique and actionable steps that will help you get what you want. 

If you want to appreciate how great medical care and knowledge is today, all you have to do is look back 100 years ago or so to see what medicine was like back then. Medical historian Thomas Morris author of the book The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine ( joins me to explore some of the curious oddities, treatments and miracles from 100 years ago that seem so strange today – just 100 year later. It makes you wonder what people will think of our medical practices 100 years from now!

Choosing the right hospital is always important – but it also turns out that choosing the right day to check-in to the hospital also matters. Studies of hospitals all over the world conclude there are some days you might want to avoid. Listen and I’ll tell you which days those are.

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Dec 13, 2018
Fascinating Stories Behind Holiday Songs and Traditions & How to Acquire the “It Factor” for Success

It is easy and tempting to overspend on holiday gifts. Plus retailers do everything they can to encourage you to spend more. So this episode begins with some strategies to help you spend a bit less and avoid those impulse purchases that you often wish you hadn’t made once you get home.

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Why do we bring fir trees into our homes and decorate them? Why is Jingle Bells so popular at Christmas when it is really a Thanksgiving song? Ace Collins author of Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas ( and Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas ( joins me to reveal the fascinating backstories of some your favorite holiday traditions and songs. 

Do you have the “It” factor? It’s the thing that makes people want to get to know you and perhaps become part of your life and help you succeed. Mark Wiskup is a top communications expert and coach and he is author of the book The It Factor ( He joins me to explain how anyone can acquire the It factor even if you consider yourself shy or introverted.  

Doing household chores may not be the most exciting thing you do but it turns out there are some great health benefits. Things like making your bed or doing the dishes can actually be good for you. I conclude this episode by discussing some great reasons to tackle those chores you have been putting off.

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Dec 10, 2018
The Science of Achieving Your Goals & The Truth Behind Double Dipping and the 5-Second Rule

When you look at old holiday photos, you will notice something is definitely missing – and it is something you really wish was there. I begin this episode of the podcast with that missing ingredient and advice on how to put it back in to your photos for this Christmas and in the future. (Cheryl Lightle author of “The Creative Memories Way )

How often have you started something but never finished? How often have you said you wanted to accomplish something but never actually got around to starting it? It turns out these are very common experiences. Jon Acuff, author of the book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done ( researched the science of setting and achieving goals. He joins me to explain where people go wrong and how to set and reach goals that are truly important to you.

Is the 5-Second Rule true? Is double dipping really so bad? How gross is it to eat birthday cake after someone blows out the candles? I explore all of these questions about food and germs and illness with scientist and Clemson University professor Paul Dawson, author of the book Did You Just Eat That? (

You probably don’t use punctuation when you write a text to someone. But maybe you should – sometimes. Listen as I explain why certain punctuation can make you sound more sincere and other punctuation makes you sound less sincere. And what’s interesting is it only applies to texts, not to any other type of written communication.

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Dec 06, 2018
Why We All Eavesdrop (Even When We Shouldn’t) & Important Business Etiquette You Never Knew

Sometimes you may find yourself in a bad mood for no real reason. So how do you snap out of it? We begin this episode with some very easy, practical and proven ways to get you out of your funk and back to being happy when you are feeling grumpy.

Is eavesdropping nothing more than an impolite indiscretion – or is eavesdropping something humans must do? John Locke, Professor of Linguistics at Lehman College, City University of New York and author of the book Eavesdropping: An Intimate History ( joins me for a fascinating exploration into what drives us to want to uncover other people’s secrets and what purpose it serves. 

Why do some people like spicy food while others don’t? And what is that hot and spicy sensation you get in your mouth anyway – it is not a flavor or taste, so what is it? And perhaps the most important questions is, what is the best way to turn off the heat in your mouth when you eat something that is too hot and spicy? We will explore all of that in this episode.

While the workplace has become more informal, how you dress and behave still matters. In fact it probably matters more than ever. For example, is it okay for colleagues to kiss at work anymore? How do you politely extract yourself from a conversation you don’t want to be in? What about opening doors for others? Who picks up the check – when? What’s the best way to introduce yourself? Should you give your boss a Christmas gift? Barbara Pachter author of The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet Yourself to Success ( joins me to discuss all of that and more including social media etiquette.

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Dec 03, 2018
Powerful Strategies to Be More Assertive & Expert Travel Advice You Will Definitely Use

Who doesn’t love the smell of a Christmas tree? For most of us, the scent of pine is wonderful. So much so that it is in all sorts of products from car air fresheners to kitchen cleaners. As it turns out smelling pine is also good for you and we begin this episode of the podcast exploring the benefits of that most enjoyable scent. (

A large percentage of people classify themselves as passive. Many of those passive people wish they weren’t because they feel that other people walk all over them. So what’s the alternative? Dennis Adams, therapist, former minister and former passive person spent a long time developing a different approach for passive people that he calls - Honest Direct and Respectful. In fact that is the name of his book, Honest, Direct Respectful: 3 Simple Words That Will Change Your Life ( Dennis joins me to explain how and why it is such a powerful technique for passive people.

The holiday season is a time to give thanks for all the things you have. And it turns out that feeling thankful is a good idea the rest of the year too. There are many mental and physical benefits when people feel gratitude. Listen and I will tell you what they are. (

If you travel, you don’t need me to tell you how stressful and challenging it can be – particularly around the holidays. Charles McPherson author of The Pocket Butler’s Guide to Travel ( is here to share his advice to make traveling easier and more enjoyable and he has suggestions to help you get the most out of your travel dollars. 

Nov 29, 2018
The Surprising Link Between Money and Happiness & When Questions Are More Important Than Answers

When guests come in to your home, what do they notice most of all? If you are having guests into your house this holiday season you will want to hear this surprising list of things people notice when they come through your front door.

Money matters. It determines your lifestyle, how long you must work and forces you to make decisions on how to spend it. So it would seem that having more money would make you happier. But not always. Joining me to discuss the role of money and its relationship with happiness is Laura Rowley who has been a personal finance columnist for Self magazine and The Huffington Post and is author of the book Money & Happiness: A Guide to Living the Good Life (

We spend a good deal of our life looking for answers to questions and problems. Interestingly, there are times where it may be more important to find a better question. That’s according to Hal Gregersen, Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of the book Questions Are The Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life ( Hal joins me to explain the process of coming up with better questions which can lead to greater insight into any problem. 

We all have to wash our hands in public bathrooms. So what is the best way to dry them afterwards? Some people prefer paper towels, some hot air dryers. But what does the best job of leaving you with clean germ-free hands? We’ll explore that in this episode.

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Nov 26, 2018
The Real Science of Aliens, UFOs and Life On Other Planets & How to Handle Manipulative People

You most likely have a preference for either a neat or a cluttered work environment. So which is better? Well it depends on what type of work you are doing. Those two types of environments have an impact on you that affect your thinking. We begin this episode by exploring that.

What are the chances that there is life on other planets? Have aliens visited earth? There is no shortage of speculation on the topic and a lot of anecdotal stories about encounters but what does the science say? Michael Wall, senior writer at and author of the book Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious) ( joins me to examine the possibilities and the evidence of other life in our galaxy.

Have you ever seen someone talking to themselves on the street or in a store? Your immediate reaction is probably to think it is really weird. But in fact you most likely talk to yourself out loud all the time. We all do. In fact there are several common behaviors we all do that we somehow think are strange when we see other people do them. We’ll explore what they are and why we think this way.

The world is full of manipulative people who try to control other people’s thoughts and/or actions. You most likely have come across some of them at work or in your personal life. These people have a name – Gaslighters. And since we all have to deal with them at some point, Stephanie Sarkis, licensed mental health counselor and author of the book Gaslighting ( offers a fascinating explanation of who these people are, what they do, why they act this way and what you can do to identify and avoid them. 

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Nov 22, 2018
How to Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms and Family Treasures & The Story of Thanksgiving

Can certain sounds actually be good for your health? Yes, according to some important research. From a purring cat to the sound of a harp to crashing waves – certain sounds can have a very positive effect. We begin this episode with an explanation of which sounds do what.

Somewhere in your home are some valuable family treasures or heirlooms that mean something special to you. Maybe it’s your mother’s wedding dress, your old record collection or a prized piece of old furniture. The enemy of all these things is time. All these valuables will deteriorate over time if you don’t care for them properly. Joining me with some real help is Don Williams. Don was the senior conservator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and he is author of the book Saving Stuff… How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions ( No one knows better how to keep your stuff in excellent shape as it marches through time.

While Thanksgiving is an important American holiday, much of the story we've been told is made up myth. Peter Mancall, professor of history and anthropology at the University of Southern California is an expert on early America. He joins me to explain the real origins of Thanksgiving, what the first Thanksgiving was really like and how it came to be a national holiday that ended up being celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

While some people seem to like to be touched more than others, physical human touch does seem to have real benefits for everyone. Listen as we explore some of the remarkable, positive effects touching has for children and adults.

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Nov 19, 2018
The Fascinating History of Blue Jeans & Incredible Science About You and Your World

The evidence is pretty clear that in order to be productive and to do excellent work, you need to take breaks. You can’t just work non-stop. But when is the best time to take a break? I begin this episode by telling you EXACTLY when to take a break for optimum performance.

There’s a pretty good chance you have at least one or two pairs of blue jeans – and maybe many more in lots of other colors! Jeans are the iconic American garment and have been for decades. Even as fashions and trends have come and gone there has always been a place for jeans. So where did they come? Why have they lasted? And what exactly is denim anyway – how is it different from other fabrics? Journalist James Sullivan, author of the book, Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon ( joins me to take you on an historical journey from Italy to the American west to a John Wayne movie set to explain the story of blue jeans. 

I bet there is someone famous or rich or super successful you would love to meet and maybe even get their advice –right? But you probably never tried because you figured they would never respond and it would be a complete waste of time. And maybe it would be. And then again, maybe not. Listen as I tell a story of a regular guy with no connections who got a lot of very important people to talk to him and exactly how he did it.

You have got to hear science writer Marcus Chown explain why over 99% of your DNA isn’t yours or how you could squeeze the entire human race into a space the size of a sugar cube or why the moon is actually hurtling towards earth – constantly! Marcus is author of the new book, Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand – 50 Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe ( and he joins me to explain some scientific facts that will absolutely amaze you. 

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Nov 15, 2018
How to Respond When People Say NO! & Why You Need More Friends & How to Find Them

What’s the secret to a happy life? Probably the best people to ask are people who say they are happy. So we begin this episode by revealing what happy people say is what makes them so happy. John Izzo, author of The 5 Secrets You Must Know Before You Die (

Probably the one word you hear more than any other throughout your life is –NO! For some people no means no but for others it means something else entirely. BJ Gallagher, author of the book Yes Lives in the Land of No ( offers some great advice for handling the word no when people tell you that you can’t have or do something. Since you will hear NO a lot for the rest of your life – this is worth listening to.

Who doesn’t love going to a live concert? And yet when you really dissect the experience, it is probably not as good as we tell ourselves it is. I’ll reveal what one writer has to say about the concert-going experience that you may not have thought about before. (

We humans need people. We are social creatures. We thrive with others. Yet many of us are alone and isolated with few, if any friends. Someone who is very concerned about this is Radha Agrawal, who is an entrepreneur, investor, inventor, speaker, and community builder. She founded Daybreaker a grassroots, early-morning dance phenomenon that is now in over 25 countries. She is also author of the book Belong: Find Your People Create Community and Live a More Connected Life Radha explains not only why friends are important but how and where to go and find them. 

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Nov 12, 2018
What Really Influences How You Think & Something Fascinating Google, Amazon and Facebook Have in Common

Do you really need to get a physical exam every year? We begin this episode by exploring who should and maybe who should not get an annual check-up and why.

Your unconscious mind affects your thoughts and behaviors in ways you can’t imagine. That is the message from John Bargh, Yale professor of psychology and author of the book Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do ( For example, feeling physically warm actually makes you more socially warm; feeling fear makes you think more politically conservative – it’s just amazing. Listen as professor Bargh takes you on a tour of your unconscious mind.  

A lot of things can get messy in your kitchen – from lingering cooking smells to fruit flies and a million other things. Listen as I reveal some great ways to solve common kitchen problems you probably haven’t heard before.

How did Facebook, Amazon, Google and other big companies get so big so fast? The answer is “blitzscaling.” It is a recent phenomenon in business that was named and identified by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur Chris Yeh in their new book Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies ( Chris Yeh joins me to explain how blitzscaling works and others in business can use the same principles. 

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Nov 08, 2018
How Human Nature Screws Up Your Life (and How to Fix It) & The Trouble with Recycling

In most places around the world, Siri comes with a female voice by default. Of course you can change it but most people don’t. This is true for most other voiced-based computer programs. Why? We begin this episode with the fascinating reasons why most people prefer their devices sound female.

Human nature – it is a collection of things we humans tend to do by default. Robert Greene, author of the bestseller The Laws of Human Nature ( takes you on a fascinating journey into why we do the things we do and why these tendencies we have often get in the way of our happiness and success. There are 18 laws of human nature and Robert will explain how to use them to your advantage and how to counter them when they work against you. 

What could be simpler and more satisfying than a grilled cheese sandwich? Most of us have been eating them since we were kids. Actually though, there is some science and technique to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich and a lot of it has to do with the cheese you select. Which is best? Listen and find out.

Household recycling has become habit for many people. We just do it because – well that’s what good citizens do. What you may not know is that there are a lot of problems with recycling. In fact a lot of what you recycle probably NEVER gets recycled. Instead it ends up in a landfill with all the other garbage. Beth Porter is an expert on the subject and she is author of the book Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System ( . Beth joins me to reveal what’s wrong with recycling and what everyone can do to make the whole system work better and more efficiently.

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Nov 05, 2018
What to STOP Doing if You Want to Succeed & How to Crush the Urge to Overeat

This episode is released a few days before most people in the U.S. change their clocks back to standard time. And each time we change the clocks, people complain about all the bad things that result from that. Well, there are some good things as well. So I begin with some of those and the reasons behind daylight savings time that you may not know or understand.

When you get a bad grade on your report card in school, you know that is a subject you really need to work on. But is that a good strategy in real life? Will you be more successful if you try to get better at the things you don’t like or do very well with or are you better served by focusing on those things that you are already good at and enjoy? Business consultant Marcus Buckingham, author of the book The One Thing You Need to Know ( reveals why it is so important to identify your strengths and weaknesses and offers advice that will lead you to success.  

Got a bunch of Halloween candy in your house? Well, you could eat it or take it to work or you could do something to help our troops. Listen and I’ll explain how – and it’s very easy. The website mentioned is

It’s a bit of a mystery why so many more people today struggle with body weight than in previous generations. With some interesting answers and strategies is Stephan Guyenet, a neuroscientist and author of the book The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Makes Us Overeat ( Stephan explains exactly what it is that makes it so hard to resist some foods and the amazingly simple solutions to stop overeating in the first place. The instinct to eat is strong. However, you can overcome the instinct to OVER eat by following his advice. 

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Nov 01, 2018
The Science of Personality: Why You Are Who You Are & How to Make Changes That Stick

The weather can affect your buying decisions without you realizing it. That can be a big factor when you buy a big ticket item like a house or a car. This episode begins with an explanation of why and how the weather impacts such important decisions and why you are more likely to buy a convertible on a sunny day even though it may be a terrible idea.

You have a personality – right? Well actually, more than one. Science writer Rita Carter author of the book The People You Are: The New Science of Personality ( reveals how we all have multiple personalities which all come out in different situations. While it may seem like you simply have different facets of your core personality, Rita explains why it is more complicated than that. 

Everyone reading this has tried to make a significant change in their life – and failed! Change is hard however there are some ways to make the process easier and more effortless according to James Clear author of the book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones James’s work on the subject of personal change and habits has appeared in the New York Times, CBS This Morning among others. He joins me to explain how anyone can make big changes that stick. James website is

“Out of the box” and “move the needle” are examples of common business jargon that we can probably do without. This episode concludes with a list of words and phrases people use in business that are unnecessary, vague and often pointless. There are usually better ways to say the same thing.

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Oct 29, 2018
How Electronic Communication Gets You in Trouble & The History of Your Favorite Halloween Candy

We all have those times when we are stressed and need to chill out. So I begin this episode with some proven simple and easy ways to reduce anxiety and stress instantly – and one way is so easy all you have to do is listen a hit song from 1972.

Most of your communication is probably virtual – email, text, telephone, etc. And as you and probably everyone else has learned, virtual communication can lead to misinterpretation and misunderstandings which in turn can lead to real trouble. Communication expert Nick Morgan, author of the book, Can You Hear Me? How to Connect with People in a Virtual World ( joins me to discuss the pitfalls of virtual communication and how to avoid them so you stay out of trouble.

With Halloween approaching I thought it would be fun to uncover the stories behind some of the classic Halloween candy. I am partial to Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and I am sure you have your favorites as well. Candy expert Darlene Lacey, author of the book, Classic Candy ( explains the fascinating stories of how many of these iconic candies came to be, where their names came from and why we tend to like the same candy as our parents and grandparents did.

Speaking of sweets, why is it that some people prefer sweet snacks while others like salty? And still others like both? We wrap up this episode with the science of sweet and salty and why they are so satisfying.

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Oct 25, 2018
Body Language Secrets the FBI Uses & The Lost Art of Corporate Slogans and Why They Matter

If you don’t play a musical instrument – maybe you should. This is especially true if you are outgoing and an extrovert. It seems that your personality can predict with great accuracy, how much musical skill and talent you have. We begin this episode by exploring that.

While you are probably aware of how some body language clues work, you are about to get a much better and deeper understanding of it and how you can use it to improve your communication skills. Joe Navarro was a special agent for the FBI for 25 years and he is author of the book What Every Body is Saying Listen and be amazed at how nonverbal communication really works.

There was a golden age of corporate slogans. It was the 60s and 70s. That’s when you flew “the friendly skies” of United or “you deserved a break today” at McDonalds or when you used Fed Ex because it “absolutely, positively had to be there overnight.” Those and many other corporate taglines were an important part of their brand. Now do you know the United Airlines, McDonalds or FedEx taglines are today? Marketing executive Steve Cone joins me to make the case that taglines – or slogans – are important and he explains why. Steve is author of the book Powerlines: Words that Sell Brands, Grip Fans and Sometimes Change History

Next time you are in your kitchen, stand there are look around to see just how much food you see. Is it in the fridge and cabinets or is there a lot of food out on the counter? I’m going to explain why it matters especially if you are concerned about your body weight.

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Oct 22, 2018
The Real Dangers of Too Much Pleasure & Why You Should Celebrate Every Failure

So you get ready to make a salad and you rinse the lettuce and carrots and tomatoes under the faucet for a few seconds. Does that really get rid of the pesticides and bacteria? We explore that very important question and you really need to hear the answer.

Do you understand the difference between pleasure and happiness? It’s an important distinction because the more pleasure you seek, the less happy you become. That’s the contention of Dr Robert Lustig, author of The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains Dr. Lustig sees some troubling developments in our quest for pleasure and I think you’ll be interested in what he has to say.

It’s become a cliché to say that great ideas come in the shower. But the fact is – they do! And there is actually a psychological explanation for why that is. We begin this episode with a look at the reason for this common experience.

Nobody likes failure – but maybe we should all rethink that. Failure turns out to have a silver lining – and not just in the way that “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Chris Gethard is a pretty successful stand-up comedian who has written a book about failure called Lose Well Although Chris has had some clearly successful moments (his own HBO special and his own sitcom on Comedy Central for example) he has also had some colossal failures. He joins me to discuss why failure is inevitable and really something to be celebrated on your journey to success.

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Oct 18, 2018
What You MUST Know if You Fly Commercial Airlines & The Amazing Benefits of Taking Time for Yourself

Spending time with annoying and irritating people can be hazardous to your mental health! That’s according to some research from my alma mater, the University of Southern California. I begin this episode with that and how to bulletproof yourself from the negative effects of those most irritating people.

When you fly on a commercial airplane, I know you have questions about how commercial aviation works – or sometimes DOESN’T work very well. Patrick Smith is a commercial airline pilot and blogger at and author of the book, Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel He joins me to answer some of the questions you think about when you are sitting and wondering in your airline seat. 

Sometimes in winter, you have to stay warm. And as the weather cools off, it is a good time to discuss what’s really important to staying warm in cold weather and how the body reacts to preserve itself when temperatures drop.

We live in a time when productivity is essential. There is always more to do - but wait! Is striving to do more actually an effective strategy? What if I told you that taking time to unwind, relax and nurture yourself actually makes you MORE productive? You need to hear some important research from Jamie Gruman, professor of Organizational Behavior and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Jamie is author of the book Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Depends He joins me to challenge everything you’ve ever thought about productivity and getting more done. And you are really going to like what he has to say.

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Oct 15, 2018
Why Some Things & People Become Popular & How to Use Logic Effectively

Anyone who has ever cooked pasta has thought about using HOT tap water instead of cold to speed up the process. After all, hot tap water takes less time to boil. But is it really a good idea to cook with hot tap water? We begin this episode with a discussion on why it is such a bad idea.

It may seem as if it's luck or chance that causes some things catch on and become popular or go viral. But it isn’t luck really. If you’ve ever wondered why some restaurants succeed while others fail or why some books, TV shows or movies do great but others go nowhere, you will want to listen to this segment. Jonah Berger, is a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the book Contagious: Why Things Catch On Jonah joins me to explains the science of popularity – and it really is a science. 

Conventional wisdom is that you should change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles. And it is a great example of just how wrong conventional wisdom is. Now it used to be accurate but not with cars today. Listen as I reveal how often you should REALLY change your oil.

Logic is sometimes misunderstood. For example, can you be logical AND emotional? (That was always an issue for Mr. Spock on Star Trek). Is there only one logical way to get to a conclusion? How does logic really work? We all need logic and to help you understand it is Eugenia Cheng. She is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and author of the book The Art of Logic in an Illogical World She joins me to explain logic and how you can use logic more effectively in your life.

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Oct 11, 2018
Why You Have Trouble Sleeping and How to Fix It & How to Succeed When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong

Even the best drivers get in serious accidents – usually because of bad drivers. So we start this episode with a look at why good drivers get into accidents and how to steer clear of them

A lot of us don’t’ sleep very well. Often the problem is so chronic that we convince ourselves that it is normal but it is not according to Dr. Barry Krakow. Dr. Krakow is a board certified internist and sleep disorders specialist and author of the book Sound Sleep Sound Mind: 7 Steps to Sleeping Through the Night ( He joins me with effective strategies to improve your sleep. By the way his website is 

Ever been in a situation where you really need to feel powerful and confident but were feeling exactly the opposite? Well, there is a very effective tactic that can really boost your power and confidence and it only takes a moment.

Just about everyone has felt a bit out of place at work or other professional setting. But maybe that’s a good thing. Jennifer Romolini felt like an outcast all her professional life yet managed to use that to her advantage and succeed anyway. In fact she took what she discovered along the way and put it in a book called Weird in a World That's Not ( If you have ever felt like a nerd or that you didn’t belong in an organization, listen as Jennifer explains how to use your uniqueness to reach your goals.  

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Oct 08, 2018
Why You Are Drawn to Distractions and How to Stop It & Why You Need More Fun at Work

Is it illegal to kill a praying mantis? Not that you would want to – but could you actually be fined or go to jail if you got caught? We begin this episode of the podcast with a look at what the law really says and why you would never want to kill one anyway.

Funny thing about distractions… it seems that more you need to stay focused on your work, the more irresistible those distractions become. So how do you make those distractions less appealing so you can focus on what needs to be done? That’s what I discuss with productivity expert Chris Bailey. He is the author of the book HYPERFOCUS: how to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction ( and he has some very practical suggestions for keeping you on task when you need to be.

If you’ve ever lost your wallet – even for just a little while - you know what a terrible feeling that can be. If you did leave it somewhere, there is something you can do to help substantially increase the odds of getting it back. I’ll reveal a little trick that will make whoever finds your wallet want to give it back.

Work is serious business – but should it be? Could a little more humor and fun actually be good for the workplace and the people who work there? Scott Christopher thinks so. He is the co-author of the book The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up . Scott joins me to explain why fun and work really do mix and why the results of doing so are amazing.

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Oct 04, 2018
The Amazing Reason You Get Disgusted & Inventions that Could’ve Happened Much Sooner

Not long ago I went to the supermarket only to find everything had been moved around. Nothing was where it used to be. Why? I’ll explain why they do that and other little tricks supermarkets play on you.

Ever wonder why certain things disgust you? The things you find disgusting may be perfectly acceptable – even pleasing to someone else. Disgust turns out to be a fascinating human emotion. No other animals get disgusted by the things we do. And this emotion has served us well. Rachel Herz, a teacher at Brown University is also author of the book, That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion ( joins me to discuss why we get disgusted.

Very few people think they look great in photographs. So I have some advice from top photographers on what to do so you look great in every photograph you are in – no matter who is taking the picture.

It is amazing to think that so many inventions that changed how we live could’ve been invented a lot sooner. The stethoscope, the compass, human flight and other inventions took way too long to materialize since the technology for them was around a long time ago. It's just that no one figured out how to put it all together. Ryan North, author of the book How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler ( takes us on a journey back in time and explains what went wrong. 

Oct 01, 2018
Where Conspiracy Theories Come From & Which Do Humans Prefer – Strict or Loose Rules?

You probably just assume food grown organically is healthier – and maybe it is. But you also probably think that organic food tastes better. You may not think you think that – but you do. We start this episode with an explanation as to why.

Conspiracy theories abound! I’m sure you’ve heard that some people believe the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks or the Holocaust never happened or that the mafia really killed President Kennedy – or was it Castro? Where do these theories come from? Why do people believe them? And how do you have a conversation with someone if you think what they believe is crazy? Mick West, author of the book, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories using Facts, Logic, and Respect ( has researched conspiracy theories and the people who believe them and he has some great insight and advice for the next time you find yourself talking to someone who believes the world is really flat!

Over half the population has foot problems that hamper their daily lives. So I reveal some proven strategies to help alleviate and/or prevent those problems so your feet stay happy.

Every culture is governed by rules – whether it is a nation, an organization, group or a family. Some cultures have very tight and strict rules while others take a more laid back approach. But which is better? Do you humans excel under strict regulations or is loose and easy a better way? Well, it all depends, according to cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand author of the book, Rule Makers Rule Breakers : How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World ( She joins me to explain the fascinating reasons why different cultures adopt tight or loose controls and how those rules impact the lives of people they affect.

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Sep 27, 2018
Fascinating Mysteries that Baffle Science & The Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight

You tip the waiter at the end of a meal for a job well done. But when it comes to tipping the maid and other people at a hotel, it is actually better to tip them at the beginning of your stay so you get better service in the days to come. That’s just one of the very savvy travel tips with which we begin this episode of the podcast.

Do we really have free will? Does the placebo effect actually work? Have aliens tried to contact us? These are some of the fascinating mysteries that still baffle scientists. Science writer Michael Brooks, author of the book 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time ( joins me to explore some of these mysteries and explains what we do know and what we don’t know about them. 

Chewing gum may not be proper etiquette in many social situations but chewing gum does have some real benefits – particularly when you are stressed out. I’ll explain why have some gum in your pocket is almost always a good idea.

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of NASA. And while space launches aren’t quite the big deal they once were, NASA is still doing a lot of impressive work. John Logsdon has been keeping his eye on NASA for a long time. John is the founder of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, former member of the NASA Advisory Council and he served on the Columbia Space Shuttle Accident Investigation Board in 2003. He is the editor of a new book that just came out celebrating 60 years of NASA called The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration ( and joins me to discuss some really interesting stories about the US space program you probably never knew.

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Sep 24, 2018
How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Everyday & Extremely Fascinating Facts You Never Knew

I’ve lived with dogs most of my life (and one pretty cool cat) so I am fascinated by doggy behavior. And did you know that even though dogs will eat almost anything – they actually prefer two distinct flavors. We begin this episode of the podcast with that and some other interesting facts about what your dog is really thinking. (Paulette Cooper author of 27 Secrets Your Dog Wants You To Know)

You have good days and you have bad days. So what if you could control that so that you had far more good days than bad ones? Caroline Webb, author of the book How to Have a Good Day ( reveals the psychology, neuroscience and behavioral science that can help you greatly improve the odds that today and tomorrow will be fabulous!

If you have to present something at a meeting or make a proposal – do your best to NOT go first. I’ll discuss why and when in the meeting is a more optimal time to speak up. (Sarah McGinty author of the book Power Talk

What do 46% of people in Japan do when the doorbell rings? Why do astronauts have to sleep near a fan so they don’t die? This is just two of a bunch of facts you’ll hear from John Lloyd, creator of the Q.I television program in the UK and contributor to the book, 1,342 Quite Interesting Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted ( If you like interesting facts to dazzle people at a cocktail party – this will be fun!

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Sep 20, 2018
Fascinating Ways Your Brain Works & Amazing Advice for People Who Are “Too Sensitive”

You may not have ever noticed this but hotels rarely offer milkshakes on their room service menu. And yet, if a hotel has a kitchen there is a good chance they have ice cream milk and a blender. But if you try to order a milkshake you probably won’t get it. Why not? The answer is simple, ridiculous and points out a big problem in American business today. (Steve Little author of The Milkshake Moment)

Why does time seem to go by faster as we get older? Why do people love kitten videos? How can you spot a liar? These and other fascinating psychology questions are what we tackle in my discussion with Art Markman, Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, co-host of the podcast Two Guys on Your Head and author of the book Brain Briefs It’s an interesting discussion that will help you better understand how your brain works.

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A lot of new cars have a keyless ignition. And while that is convenient, it also makes it easier to forget to turn the car off and leave it running. That has caused some real problems. I’ll explain why and what to do to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

Do you know what an empath is? It is a person who prefers solitude and is extremely sensitive to noises, smells, crowds and social stimulation. It turns out there are a lot of people who fall into the category of “extremely sensitive” and being this way makes it a bit harder to navigate the world. Psychologist Judith Orloff, author of the book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People is in fact one of these extremely sensitive types and she has some insight and advice for other empaths and the people who must deal with them every day.

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Sep 17, 2018
The Sneaky Fees Businesses Charge and What to Do About It & The Fascinating History of Slang

What could be simpler than washing your hands? You’ve done it a zillion times. And yet you are probably not doing it correctly. With cold and flu season nearly here, it’s important to get this right so we begin this episode with some expert hand washing advice.

I am sick of paying fees, Are you? There are fees for everything and the result is that nothing really costs what the price tag says – it’s the price PLUS all the fees. Bob Sullivan has been spreading the word about the stupidity and unfairness of fees for a long time. He is author of the book Gotcha Capitalism and he joins me to explain why there are so many fees and how you can fight back! 

By the way, Bob is also the host of podcast Breach which you can access from his website ( or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Are overweight people discriminated against in the workplace? We like to think we judge people by their character but this research proves that is not always true. And in most cases this discrimination is perfectly legal.

Slang is fascinating. How is it that some slang words work their way into the language while others fade quickly? Who starts these words? Could you create a slang word and have it catch on? Tom Dalzell has been studying slang for a long time and has written several books about it including The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English He joins me in a fascinating discussion about the slang in our language and why it is important. 

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Sep 13, 2018
How to Actually Think Better & The Secret of Eating What You Enjoy Without Guilt

Many people wish they were taller. Unfortunately there is no simple fix for that. But there are ways to LOOK taller and we start this episode with some effective techniques.

No one likely taught you how to think. So when you have a problem to solve or need to come up with a solution - you just think the way you think. But what if you could think better? Tim Hurson author of the book Think Better joins me to discuss a way to improve your thinking that can result in better thoughts, better ideas and better solutions.  

So what’s the deal with seedless watermelons? Where did they come from and why are there no seeds? And how do they grow new ones if there are no seeds to plant? I’ll unravel the mystery of seedless watermelons for you.

Today, meal planning isn’t so much about foods we enjoy but rather foods that are supposed to be “good for you.” The problem is, that is a very strange way to eat. Barry Glassner, a sociology professor at the University of Southern California is author of a book The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and enjoy What We Eat He joins me to explain why our obsession with eating food with less salt, less sugar and fewer calories is flawed and why eating foods you enjoy has a lot of real benefits.

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Sep 10, 2018
Discover How to Be Luckier in Everyday Life & A Proven Way to Make Better Decisions

People who travel a lot have to come up with their own travel hacks and secrets in order to stay sane! Several of the people who work for CNN and travel as part of their job, put together a bunch of really great tips and tricks they have learned from years and years of traveling – often by learning things the hard way. We begin this episode by sharing these great travel secrets so you can put them to use on your next trip.

Can you learn to be lucky? The idea sounds weird – right? Because luck is just a matter of random chance. Or is it? Karla Starr, author of the book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky? as looked at the science of luck (yes there is such a thing) and joins me to explain why some people just seem to be extremely lucky and what you can do to improve your luck.  

Could it be true that overweight people live longer? Since like forever, we’ve all been told that being thin is what helps you live longer. But there does seem to be a loophole in the theory. While it’s not a reason to let yourself go and gain a lot of weight, having a few extra pounds can be beneficial and I will explain why.

You make a lot of important - even life-altering - decisions in your life. But I bet you were never taught HOW to make a decision. Well, it turns out how you make those important decisions really matters. And there is a way to improve your chances of making the right decision if you have a better understanding of the decision making process. Steven Johnson, author of the book Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most explains how you can make the RIGHT decision.

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Sep 06, 2018
How to Find Hidden Collectibles in Your Home & Powerful Career Advice You Haven’t Heard Before

Whenever you get a new credit card in the mail, you are encouraged to sign the back of it. In fact many say, “Not valid until signed.” But should you sign the back of your credit cards? For security reasons, maybe not. But there is something you might want to write in that little box instead. We start the episode by discussing that.

Supposedly the average American home has about $2600 worth of stuff collecting dust that could be turned into cash on eBay or a garage sale. But how do you know what stuff? Brian Kathenes is a managing partner at National Appraisal Consultants in New York and author of the book, Betcha Didn’t Know That! Brian joins me to offer some advice on what to look for in your attic or your parents’ attic that could be worth a lot of money – as well as things that aren’t worth wasting time on. 

So what’s the difference between green tea and plain old black tea? Green tea has certainly gotten a lot of great publicity for all its health benefits but could regular tea be just as good for you? You just might be surprised to hear this.

How do you get ahead in your career? If you care, you have probably already checked out various experts who talk about the importance of networking, a good resume and a firm handshake. But there are some lesser known strategies that are equally – if not more – powerful. Employment expert Vicky Oliver author of the book, 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions joins me to offer some lesser known but powerful suggestions to move up the career ladder.

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Sep 03, 2018
The Amazing Way Your House Influences Your Behavior & What To Do When You Can't Forgive

If you want to ask someone on a date, you could call them up and ask or you could send a text or email. So which of those methods is most effective? We begin this episode with the interesting answer.

When someone walks into your home, they immediately make assumptions about you. So what do people assume about you? What does your home say? According to Winifred Gallagher author of the book, House Thinking: A Room by Room Look at How We Live , it says a lot. What’s also interesting is that your house and its contents have impact and influence on you – in terms of how you think and behave. Join me as Winifred explains the fascinating and often undetected relationship you have with your home.

Whether or not you are happy depends on a lot of factors. But there is one BIG factor in your life that can make or break your happiness. Listen as I tell you what it is.

Being able to forgive someone for something they have done is considered virtuous. Many religions teach the importance of forgiveness. But what if you can’t or won’t forgive? What if what was done to you is unforgivable – then what? Is forgiveness the only way to unburden yourself? No, according to Gary Egeberg, author of the book, The Forgiveness Myth Sometimes forgiveness is NOT the answer and Gary explains what the alternatives are.

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Aug 30, 2018
How to Remember Anything, Anytime , Anywhere & The Dark Side of Success

Have you ever thought to yourself, “When I lose weight, where does the fat go?” It is an interesting question and the fact is most health professionals cannot answer it. But I can – and will as we begin this episode.

If the “lose-it-or-use-it” theory applies to anything – it applies to memory. U.S. Memory Champion Chester Santos, author of the book, Mastering Memory joins me to offer some techniques to help you improve your ability to remember names and just about everything else. In fact he takes us all on an exercise to remember a list of 15 random words and commit it to memory. 

There is probably a jar of Vaseline around your house somewhere. And it turns out that Vaseline has a lot of uses and applications that you have probably never heard of. I’ll share several of the best ones in this episode.

While it is always great to strive for success, some people strive for nothing else. They judge everything by how much they achieve, how they look, how much money they have or how big their house is. Psychologist Dr. Arthur Ciarimicoli identified this problem and gave it a name – “Performance Addiction.” It refers to people who think achievement and success will bring them happiness. When it doesn’t, that’s when the trouble begins. Arthur not only coined the term, he is also the author of a book called Performance Addiction He joins me to explain and explore this growing problem in our culture – and what can be done about it. 

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Aug 27, 2018
How Pictures Always Make You More Persuasive & Do Men Really Prefer Blondes?

If you want someone to know you really care for them and that they are special to you, there are a few simple things you can do that can have a huge impact. I begin this episode with those things which I am sure will come in handy at some point in your life.

When you want to make a point or sell your idea or convince someone of something – nothing can do it like a picture. But what if you suck as an artist? Well, according to Dan Roam, that doesn’t matter. Any picture is better than no picture. Dan is the author of the book, Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures He joins me to explain the science of why visual representations (pictures) can be so much more powerful than words. As the saying goes – a picture is worth a thousand words. When you hear Dan you will understand just how true that is. Even if your artistic skills are less than impressive.

So here is something I am sure has happened to you… you take your clothes or towels out of the dryer and you find a bleach stain. But you didn’t use bleach in the laundry, so how could you have a bleach stain? Well, it happens all the time. I’ll explain why and how to prevent it.

Do gentlemen prefer blondes? Do high heels really make women more attractive? Can the scent you give off actually repel some people while attracting others? Jena Pincott has the answers to these and other questions about human attraction. Jena tells the story of how she had to break up with a guy just because of his scent. He didn’t smell bad – it was just his natural scent she couldn’t stand. You have to hear the story. Jena is author of the book, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Behavior, and Brains--The Science Behind Sex, Love, & Attraction I think you’ll enjoy what she has to say.

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Aug 23, 2018
Are You Unknowingly Sabotaging Yourself? & The Amazing Story of the World’s Sand Shortage

When you have pain – you want it to go away. While taking a pill or two can help ease the pain, there are some other interesting and unconventional ways to ease pain that have been proven to work. This episode begins with those and at least most of them will likely be new to you.

Self-sabotage is when you set a goal, attempt to achieve it and in the process screw the whole thing up all by yourself. Seems rather pointless, yet everyone does it according to Pat Pearson author of the book, Stop Self-Sabotage Listen as Pat explains why people do it and how to stop – and it all has to do with what she calls your “deserve level.” Her website is

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” No doubt you have heard that before but what does the science say? Just how important is breakfast in terms of health and weight loss? Listen to hear these surprising findings.

I know it sounds crazy but we have a serious sand shortage on this planet. When you hear that you may think – “Wait a minute, what about all the sand at the beach and in the desert?” Well it turns out to be more complicated than you ever imagined and this sand shortage is impacting your life in ways you didn’t realize. Vince Besier has explored the sand shortage and written a book called The World In A Grain What he has to say will fascinate you. 

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Aug 20, 2018
What Really Makes Love Work Long Term & The Really Good News About Depression

I suspect you’ve been cheated or lied to at some point in your life and thought to yourself, “How in the world did I fall for that?” There is actually a good reason why it happened to you and to every other human on the planet.

While there is no shortage of advice for people in relationships – I think I have someone who will make you think differently about love and how it really works in the long-term. Dr. Thomas Habib is a clinical psychologist and author of the book If These Walls Could Talk He will have you thinking differently about love – and he also explains why guys hate chick flicks! 

Whatever fragrance you wear, you owe it all – or at least in part to Coco Chanel. I’ll explain why and tell you why the most popular fragrance in the world – Chanel No. 5 – has such an unusual name. (Sleeping with The Enemy by Hal Vaughan)

Imagine a discussion about depression that is actually uplifting! With depression affecting so many people (including people in your life, most likely) I think you will enjoy listening to psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogran author of the book A Mind of Your Own. She takes a fascinating look at the research around depression and what causes it and what helps it.

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Aug 16, 2018
The Science of Being a Peak Performer & How to Improve Your Writing – Instantly

Have you ever watched someone blow out the candles on a birthday cake and wondered, “Do I really want to eat cake after someone blew and spit all over it?” I have. So I start this episode with a look at the risks of eating that cake once the candles are out.

A lot has been written about peak performance. There are books, articles, podcasts, seminars, speeches and many gurus all claiming to know the magical steps to achieving high performance in your career. So, who’s right? What are you supposed to believe? Marc Effron, author of the book 8 Steps to High Performance has taken a look at a lot of the material and separated the fluff from the science. Listen as he explains what really works if you want to really excel in your career.  

Ever wondered whether or not you should buy a new car if your old car works just fine? Since cars last much longer than a generation or two ago, a lot of drivers struggle with the decision to buy a new car. If you are one of them, you should listen as I discuss this topic.

When you think about it, you write a lot. You likely write emails, text messages, memos, reports and more. So HOW you write really matters if you want people to understand what you are trying to say. Josh Bernoff author of the book, Writing Without BS is on a mission to help people improve communication through better writing. Listen to what he has to say and you will instantly become a better writer.

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Aug 13, 2018
How to Give and Get Criticism Well & How to Use Computer Algorithms to Solve Your Problems

Somehow I simply cannot walk and text at the same time. And that turns out to be a good thing. I begin this episode with some fascinating research about texting and walking – and how the people around you hate you when you do it.

Criticism can be tricky. It is often hard to give it effectively and it is even harder to hear it when it is aimed at you. That may be because we are not doing it correctly, according to Deb Bright, author of the book The Truth Doesn't Have to Hurt : How to Use Criticism to Strengthen Relationships, Improve Performance, and Promote Change . Listen as Deb reframes the topic and shows how criticism can be a very valuable tool in shaping behavior and getting things done. And it doesn’t necessarily have to sting.

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Anyone who has made the effort to eat healthy knows how hard it is to resist a sudden craving for junk food. You know nothing else will do and you know the craving isn’t going to pass any time soon. So what do you do? Well, it turns out there is a way to stop that craving dead in its tracks and I’ll reveal it in this episode.

What if you could use computer algorithms to solve everyday problems in your human life, such as where to eat dinner or how to choose a home? Well, you can! In fact you should, according to Brian Christian, author of the book Algorithms to Live By. Brian explains how many of our personal problems can actually be better solved by using algorithms if you understand what they are and how to use them. 

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Aug 09, 2018
What Really Controls Your Behavior & How Being Too Clean Can Make You Sick

When it comes to successful online dating, the two things that seem to matter most are your screen name and your profile picture. I begin this episode by explaining what works best as determined by researchers who reviewed thousands of online profiles of people who were successful online daters and people who failed miserably.

What determines your behavior? Is everything you do the result of your free will or is your behavior determined by something else? Could it be you are not responsible for your own actions? Robert Sapolsky, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University joins me to make the case that we are not responsible for what we do – that it is determined by all sorts of biological influences. What he says will either make you a believer – or make you crazy. Robert is the author of several books including the bestseller, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.

Do you know what you look like – really? You’d think so but actually other people are probably better than you at identifying photos of you that REALLY resemble what you like you. Sounds odd, right? We shall explore why that is and why your self-image may be somewhat distorted.

Are we too obsessed with being clean? Are we over-sanitizing our world? It looks like it. Marie-Claire Arrieta, assistant professor at the University of Calgary in Canada is co-author of the book Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World . She joins me to explain the unintended consequences of keeping our homes, our children and everything else in our lives TOO clean. Those consequences include an increase in asthma, allergies, resistance to antibiotics and much more. Her website is

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Aug 06, 2018
The Benefits of Cursing & How the World is Getting Better - Even If It Doesn't Seem So

This episode begins with a look at some fascinating science of everyday life. For example, how the calorie count for food is determined, what does it take to actually crush a Lego brick, why water of the same temperature feels colder than air of the same temperature – and more.

Do you swear? If so, why? Are there any benefits to swearing? And how has swearing changed over the years? These are a couple of the questions tackled by Emma Byrne author of the book Swearing is Good For You. Listen to Emma and you may just come away with a whole new view of the power and usefulness of bad words. 

You’ve heard the phrase – “Sex sells.” Right? Well actually sex doesn't sell. Violence doesn’t sell either. You’ll hear about some fascinating research that shows that in terms of advertising effectiveness, sex and violence really get in the way.

If you watch the news or look at social media a lot, you might think the world is becoming a harsh and terrible place. But could it just be perception? Could it really be that the world and the people in it are getting better and have been for a long time? That is the contention of Gregg Easterbrook author of It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. . Gregg explains that when you objectively measure the things that determine how our lives are trending – there are a lot of reasons to celebrate.

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Aug 02, 2018
What Music Does to Your Brain & The Amazing Benefits and Techniques of Decluttering

Negotiating your own salary can be stressful and difficult. This episode begins with some proven ways to help you maneuver through the negotiation process effectively so you get the best deal and the most money possible.

Just about everyone enjoys music. But it is more than mere entertainment. Researcher and writer Dan Levitin author of the book, This is Your Brain on Music discusses how people have used music throughout history and how we use it today to help wake us up, make us think, enhance our mood and help us sleep.

Houseplants can make any home look better but houseplants also have real health benefits. I’ll reveal why it is worth the fuss and effort for you and your family to fill your home with houseplants.

So many of us struggle with clutter – whether it’s our workspace, a room or our entire home. It’s not just getting rid of clutter that’s hard, it’s making sure more clutter doesn’t come in and take its place. Decluttering expert Dana White of is author of the book Declutter at the Speed of Life. She joins me to share some very simple, practical strategies for getting rid of clutter and also talks about the amazing benefits that come when the clutter is gone.

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Jul 30, 2018
Why Eating Healthy Isn’t as Hard as You Think & How to Be More Productive Than Ever

What’s the real reason people get angry over the little things? At least one leading expert believes it’s all about control. I begin this episode of the podcast discussing the high cost your pay by getting so upset over nothing and how to let go of life’s little aggravations. (The Anger Trap by Les Carter

So much of the advice on eating healthy is about what to avoid – meat, dairy, gluten, sugar, oil etc. But pediatrician Dr. Aaron Carroll, professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and author of the book The Bad Food Bible ( says there isn’t much science to support these kind of restrictive diets in terms of them being healthier. He joins me to explain what it really means to eat healthy and talks about how many of the foods people think are bad – really are not.

If your relationship has lost some of the magic or passion – how can you steam things up a bit? I have a couple of very simple techniques that are proven to help you feel the romance and excitement once again.

Why does it seem some people are incredibly productive and others of us never seem to have enough time to get all the things done we need to? Charles Duhigg has the fascinating answer to that. Charles is one of the leading authorities on productivity and is author of the books Smarter Faster Better ( and The Power of Habit ( Charles joins me with some very practical advice that will help you get everything done and still have time left over.   

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Jul 26, 2018
Powerful Ways to Instantly Be More Persuasive & How to Create and Present the Right Image

Should you really not go swimming until a half hour after eating? Can you really get poison ivy by touching someone who already has it? These are just some of the common pieces of summertime advice you often hear. We’ll take a look at the science behind these and several others and reveal whether or not they are true.

If you want to be persuasive, it is not only what you say but how you prepare the person in advance to hear your message. That’s according to Robert Cialdini author of the book PREsuasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade Several years ago Robert wrote the landmark book on the topic of persuasion titled Influence This new research can easily be applied to your life with amazing results making you much more persuasive.

Your mother or grandmother likely rinsed or pre-washed dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. With today’s dishwashers it is not a good idea. I’ll reveal the interesting reasons why your dishwasher works best when the dishes are really dirty.

What is your "personal presence"? In other words, what is the image that you give off about who you are and what you stand for? It’s a tough question. It is easy to determine the personal presence of others but not so easy to figure out how the world perceives us. Kristi Hedges author of the book The Power of Presence joins me to explain how to the world sees you and how you can improve the image you present to others to help create stronger connections. Kristi also is the author of another book called The Inspiration Code 

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Jul 23, 2018
Fascinating Ways Different Foods Affect You & Cool Life Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money

When you want something from someone else – like in a negotiation – it usually doesn’t pay to get mad. But it might be a good idea to get sad. This episode begins with some interesting research that can help you get better at getting what you want.

Does eating sweets put you in a sweeter mood? Does thinking a food is high in fat rev your body up to burn the calories better? These are just a few questions I discuss with neuroscientist Rachel Herz, who teaches at Brown University and Boston College. Rachel is the author of the book Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food What she has to say about you and your food will startle you.

Why do mosquito bites always itch? Why can’t they take your blood and be done with it? I’ll reveal the anatomy of a mosquito bite and why it is so annoying.

Who doesn’t love life hacks? And there is no better expert on the topic than David Pogue, author of Pogue’s Basics: Life David joins me to discuss simple hacks that can save you time and money: like how to get the last of ketchup out of the bottle, how to read when you don’t have your glasses, how to get a better price on hotels and more. You’ll like and remember what he has to say. 

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Jul 19, 2018
The Flawed Psychology of Low Price Shopping & Why You Get Sick and How to Prevent It

A kiss is just a kiss. Or is it? It turns out kissing does a lot. I begin this episode with some interesting facts about what kissing does, the messages it sends and why men and women tend to prefer different kinds of kisses.

Why would you ever want to pay more when you can pay less? Well, that turns out to be a complicated question. There is a cost to chasing the lowest prices according to Ellen Ruppel Shell, a writer for the Atlantic magazine, professor at Boston University and author of the book Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture Anyone who bought something on sale but then never wore it or used it needs to hear this.

Why do kids get the entire summer off? The myth has been that it started back when kids lived mostly on farms and took the summer off to help bring in the crops. But the crop harvest in the fall when kids are back in school – so that can’t be it. I’ll explain the real reason.

Have you heard that gum disease can lead to heart attacks? How can that be – what’s the connection? The answer is inflammation. Dr. Duke Johnson, Medical Director of the Nutrilite Health Institute Center for Optimal Health in Southern California and author of the book Optimal Health explains how inflammation in the body is linked to chronic diseases – and more importantly what you can do about it. 

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Jul 16, 2018
Understanding the Flaws in Your Evolution & The Story Behind Some of the Coolest Toys Ever

A lot of things about you determine how likable you are but there are a few simple techniques to make you appear more likable instantly. I start this episode with three ways, according to Psychology Today, that will make you more likable to others when you meet them. And they aren’t what you probably think.

Evolution is what got us to where we are today. But the evolutionary road we have traveled to get here is a bumpy one. Biology professor Nathan Lents author of the book, Human Error: A Panorama of our Glitches from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes takes us on a journey of the human evolution timeline and points out what went right and what went wrong. Ever wonder why so many people have back and knee trouble? Could it be a flaw in our evolution? Why do humans get so many colds? Another flaw? You will find the answers in this episode.

As you go through life, you collect stuff. Then, over time that stuff collects in your home and you forget about it – even if that stuff serves no purpose, is outdated or useless. We start with a list of things you may not even notice that are most likely cluttering up your home that you really ought to throw out – NOW!

Frisbee, Hula-Hoop, Slip & Slide – they are all toys you and just about everyone else have played with for over 60 years. And they are all made by the Wham-O Toy Company. Had did one small company create such iconic toys? Tim Walsh, author of The Whamo Superbook: Celebrating 60 Years Inside the Fun Factory takes you inside the workings of Wham-O, which has specialized and excelled by making outdoor toys while other toy companies have gone high tech. 

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Jul 12, 2018
How to Use the Element of Surprise to Be Successful & The Secret to Stopping Bad Breath Forever

Do you blush? Most people who do blush wish they didn’t because it is embarrassing and – as blushers know – it is impossible to stop doing it. But blushing has a purpose and I begin this episode by discussing who blushes, why they blush and what it means to others when you do.

I’m sure you know that feeling of delight when someone surprises you on your birthday or anniversary or surprised you for no particular reason at all. When you understand how you can create that feeling of delight in others, those people will go out of their way to help you in all sorts of ways. Andy Nulman author of the book Pow! Right between the Eyes! Profiting from the Element of Surprise ( joins me to discuss the power of surprise. 

Finding true love isn’t always easy – especially the second or third time around. One of the tricks is knowing where to look. So I will tell you the top 3 ways people find the next love of their life. Not just where people meet to find someone to date – but where they find real love.

Everyone worries about their breath sometimes. Bad breath is sometimes hard to get rid of – and that is partly because people don’t understand where it comes. Dr. Harold Katz, DDS, is the founder of the California Breath Clinics and author of the book The Bad Breath Bible and he joins me to clear up some myths about bad breath and how to conquer it once and for all. 

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Jul 09, 2018
The Mysterious Impact Strangers Have On You & Why You Are Bombarded By So Many Ads

Getting kids – or even some grownups – to eat their vegetables can be frustrating. However there are some simple techniques that researchers at Cornell University have studied that appear to be quite effective Listen and I’ll tell you how and you’ll discover the fascinating side effects of improving your reputation as a cook and a human being amongst your family members. And who wouldn’t want to do that?

You likely don’t give a lot of thought to how important strangers are to you because, well, they are strangers. However, certain strangers can play a far more important and seemingly mysterious role in your personal and professional success. Melinda Blau, author of the book Consequential Strangers ( joins me to discuss this.

Do you or someone in your circle get motion sickness? Ever wonder why that is and the best cure for it? I’ll discuss some interesting findings from a leading researcher on motion sickness that can offer some real relief.

How many ad messages do you think you are exposed to every day? The number will astound you. Journalist Ken Auletta, author of the book Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else) joins me to explain why the advertising business is in turmoil and the rather serious consequences it can have on you as a consumer. 

Jul 05, 2018
How Language Affects How You Think & The Fascinating Way Emotions Determine Your Success

Not drinking enough water is a big problem. And while being a little dehydrated won’t kill you, dehydration does have a lot of significant and negative effects on your physical and mental wellness. This episode starts with a look at some surprising findings.

Language controls what you think and how you think it. Imagine how differently you would think if you didn’t have words like “left” or “right”? Or what if your language had no specific numbers? Well it turns out there are languages like that. And the differences in languages, including English, frame the way you think according to Lera Boroditsky who is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California San Diego. She has a fascinating TED talk on this subject which led me to her. Here is the link:

You’ve surely been told the importance of maintaining good eye contact with people when you speak with them. But sometimes you shouldn’t. In fact sometimes you can’t maintain eye contact – it’s virtually impossible. Listen to hear the reason why.

While you may not spend a lot of time thinking about it, your emotions play a huge role in your personal and professional success. Psychiatrist Dr. Norman Rosenthal, author of the book The Emotional Revolution joins me to reveal things about how your emotions work, how you can control them and the purpose they serve. 

Jul 02, 2018
Why You Are Not As Smart As You Think You Are & How Long Can You Reasonably Live?

It is rare to see a UPS truck turning left. Sure, sometimes they have to but they try not to. And there is a really good reason why that we can all learn from. I begin this episode with a discussion on that. (

Could it be you are not as smart as you think you are? Apparently so according to David McRaney author of the book and host of the podcast called You Are Not So Smart ( David explains some of the interesting quirks and flaws of the human brain that make us think the way we do – that also makes our perception quite inaccurate a lot of the time.

I bet you’ve wondered if it helps to pay your credit card bill early. Well, if you carry a balance it does. I will explain a simplified version of the math to show you how. You may not get rich from doing it but it certainly worth knowing and can save a fair amount of money over time.

How long will you live?  It’s important to grasp this because there are ramifications to the question for you, your parents and your children. Longevity continues to rise and with that comes the good and the bad. Dr. Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology and public policy at Stanford University is founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and author of the book, A Long Bright Future ( offers up so fascinating insight into how wonderful it is to be living so much longer than our ancestors – and why perhaps the best is yet to come. 

Jun 28, 2018
Why You Ask for Help All Wrong and How to Do It Right & The Myth of “Expert” Financial Advice

There is only one right way to build a fire. It has always been this way and it is unlikely anyone will ever come up with a better way. Interestingly, you probably already do it. I start this episode with an explanation on how to build the perfect fire.

People tend to ask for help all wrong! Humans like to help, we get joy from helping and if you ask the right way, you will often get the help you want. It’s HOW you ask that really matters. Social psychologist Heidi Grant, author of the book Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You has explored the research and when you hear what she has to say, you will become better and more effective at asking for help.

How you prepare some food has an impact on how healthy it is for you. For example, you shouldn’t cut strawberries until just before you eat them – but for garlic the opposite is true. You should peel and chop and let it sit for a while first. Why? I’ll explain and tell you how to make several other foods healthier.

Why are there so many financial gurus, websites, books, magazine and TV shows offering advice on how to invest your money? Is it really that hard? Not according to financial journalist Helaine Olen who writes for the Washington Post and is author of the book The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated Helaine explains why so much financial advice is horrible and how anyone can do a great job managing their own finances.

Jun 25, 2018
Scientific Mysteries that Make No Sense At All & How to Stop People From Manipulating You

Want to feel REALLY good? Watch this YouTube video: It’s a dull and boring video about folding towels and will make you (or at least many people) get chills and give you a “brain orgasm.” Why? No one really knows for sure but I’ll explain what is known about it as I start this episode.

How could 95% of the universe be missing? Why is it that science can’t quite explain why we need to die or how free will works? Michael Brooks joins me for a fascinating discussion on things that baffle science. Michael holds a PhD in quantum physics and is author of the book 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense : The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Times ( and he is co-host of the podcast series Science(ish) which looks at the scientific issues raised by popular culture fiction such as Hollywood films and TV.

A lot of the time you use the word “that” in a sentence, it is totally unnecessary. Oh, and so is “totally” as in totally unnecessary. I’ll have a list of words you probably use that you don’t really need to – in fact you really shouldn't.

You may have people in your life who “gaslight” you. It is a form of manipulation and it is very toxic. Therapist Robin Stern, author of the book, The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life (, joins me to explain how it works and how to defend yourself from gaslighters. 

Jun 21, 2018
How to Be Beautiful and Why it Matters & Small Inventions that Rocked Your World

When you search for something in Google does it matter what order you put the words in? What about punctuation – does that matter? We start this episode with the best ways to optimize Google searches to get the best results. (

What makes someone beautiful? Can you really become more beautiful? These are important questions because beauty and attractiveness have some clear benefits for everyone. Rachelle Smith, associate professor of psychology at Husson University, is author of the book The Biology of Beauty ( Rachelle joins me to explain the importance of your own beauty and how to maximize what you have. 

If you are going on a job interview it matters whether you are the first person interviewed or the last person or better yet, the fourth person. I’ll explain why. (

Seemingly small inventions like the razor blade, the TV dinner and paper money have had profound impacts on our lives and the economy in ways you never knew. Tim Harford, author of the book Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy ( joins me for a fascinating explanation of how these innovations have transformed our lives.

Jun 18, 2018
What Really Motivates Humans & How to Talk to Anyone About Anything

Do nice guys finish last? Sure, there are a lot of successful nice guys but there are a lot of successful jerks too. So which is it? The answer may actually lie somewhere in between. This episode begins with some interesting insight into that (

Humans are motivated by….what? Traditional thinking has been that carrots and sticks – in other words rewards or punishments are the best way to get people to do things. Well that may work but there are other ways that are better says Daniel Pink, author of the book Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us ( Daniel joins me to offer some advice on how to successfully motivate yourself and others.

Friends are important but I bet you didn’t know just HOW important. Let’s put it this way… research shows not having a strong social network is equal to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. And that’s just one of the things I discuss about the importance of friends (

Are you one of those people who hates small talk? Or perhaps you find it difficult to talk to strangers and connect with people. Or maybe you just wish you were better at conversation. If so, you need to listen to Jill Spiegel, author of the book How to Talk to Anyone About Anything ( Jill is an expert when it comes to striking up conversations and making them count. Incidentally, she is also the great granddaughter of Joseph Spiegel, founder of the famous Spiegel mail order catalog.

Jun 14, 2018
How to Unlock Your Creative Genius & The Fascinating Connection Between Health and Happiness

Humans are programmed to flirt. It’s the beginning of the process that keeps the species going forward. And while some people are clearly better at the art of flirting – there is some science to it as well. I begin this episode with scientifically proven ways to improve your flirting skills.  (

One thing that makes us human is our creativity. We are all creative and many of us could be even more creative according to Allen Gannett. Allen is the CEO of Track Maven, a software analytics firm and he has been on the top “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes magazines. He is also the author of the new book The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time ( Allen joins me to reveal some fascinating science behind creative people and the creative process that we can all benefit from.

It turns out that not all olive oil is what it appears to be. In fact a lot of extra virgin olive oil isn’t what the label says. Is there fraud in the olive oil business? And if it isn’t olive oil, what is it? We’ll discuss. (

If happiness is a choice, why do so many people choose to be unhappy? That is just one of the questions I tackle with Rick Foster co-author of the book Happiness & Health: 9 Choices That Unlock the Powerful Connection Between the Two Things We Want Most ( I think you will be amazed by what Rick has to say about the connection between your health and your happiness. 

Jun 11, 2018
The Amazing Way Your Body Heals Itself & Why Your Reality is Different Than Mine

Ever feel good about saving a spider because you took it out of your house and put it outside rather than killing it? It seems like a noble thing to do. But what you may not know is what is likely to happen to that spider once you put it outside. This episode of the podcast starts with that interesting explanation. (

You probably don’t think about it much but the way your body heals itself from illness and injury is really remarkable. We are learning more and more about how the healing process works and how to enhance it. Joining me to shed some light on all of this is Wayne Jonas, MD, professor of medicine at Georgetown University and author of the book How Healing Works. ( )

We all make typos when we write emails. But what you probably realize is that those typos alter the impact of your message – sometimes in a good way and sometimes in a bad way. Listen as I explain. (

How you perceive your world is different than everyone else because your brain is so different than everyone else's. One great way to understand those differences in our brain is to look at some people with peculiar brain disorders. Science writer Helen Thomson author of the book Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains ( introduces you to a woman who gets lost going from her kitchen to her bathroom EVERY single time as well as the doctor who actually feels other people’s pain. It’s important to hear this because it gives you a clue as to why your brain sees a very different reality than mine or anyone else's. Plus Helen offers some brain enhancing techniques you can use that she has learned from the science. 

Jun 07, 2018
How to Easily Negotiate (Almost) Anything & Why You Need the Rat Race

Mental health is complicated. But there are some things that can trigger depression in almost anyone. I begin this episode with a list of things that can cause you to lose your objectivity and make you sad if you let them. (

If you knew there was a good chance that you could get a discount on a new shirt or pair of pants or a vacuum cleaner – but you had to ask – would you? It turns out that you can get discounts on many items in retail stores by asking but you have to ask the right way. To find out how listen to my discussion with Emily Hunter. Emily Hunter. Emily is an associate professor of management at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, where she teaches negotiation and conflict management. (

Who hasn’t felt guilty about not visiting grandma or some other friend or relative? You go when you can but you wish you could go more often– right? Well if you ever feel that way, there is something important to understand. It is called the “certainty of contact.” I’ll explain what it is. (Dr. Charles Foster, author of Feel Better Fast -

How often have you heard people talk about the “rat race” and how important it is to get out of it? The idea is that the rat race is so stressful that it is somehow bad for you. But is it really? Not according to economist Todd Buchholz author of the book, RUSH: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race (  Todd makes a compelling case that the stress of the rat race is exactly the fuel we need. By the way Todd served as White House director of economic policy under George H.W. Bush. His latest book is called The Price of Prosperity: How Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them (

Jun 04, 2018
Why People Cheat & The Best Advice for People Who Are Too Busy

When you sit down to eat, several things affect how MUCH you eat and how much you enjoy the food. I begin this episode by revealing how the environment and atmosphere of the room in which you are eating can have a big impact. When you learn the details, you can use this information to help you eat less while enjoying your food more. (

Sometimes people in relationships cheat. No secret there. But why? Are we programmed to cheat? Are humans, by nature, NOT monogamous? And what can you do if there has been cheating in your relationship? These are all important questions addressed by my guest Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg is a board certified addiction psychiatrist, sex addiction counselor and he is author of the book Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat ( He also has a quiz on his website so you can assess your cheating potential. Go to :

When you go to a business function you are often given a name tag to wear. So which side of your chest should you put it on - left or right – or does it even matter? While in the scheme of things it may not matter much, there is a correct side and it all has to do with function. I’ll tell you which side is the better side according to etiquette experts. (

In our culture we are obsessed with saving time. We have gadgets and apps and systems all designed to make us more productive so we get more done in less time. But then what do you do with the time you saved? Probably use it to get more things done. So what’s the point? For a different look at how you spend your time and what you spend it on, listen to my guest, Laura Vanderkam, author of the book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done ( She has been speaking and writing about this topic for a while and has some interesting insight and practical advice I think you will enjoy hearing.

May 31, 2018
What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do to Your Skin & How to Get Along Better with People at Work

Does having more sex make a couple happier – or is it just that happier couples have more sex? We begin this episode by looking at which is the cause and which is the effect. (

You likely know the importance of staying out of the sun and using sunscreen when you are in the sun. But proper skin care involves much more than that. As we begin the unofficial start of summer, Dermatologist and plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, M.D., explains some important facts about skin care you may not know and offer simple and practical tips to keep your skin looking and staying younger. Dr. Youn is the author of the book The Age Fix (, he is host of the podcast, The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show ( and his website is 

Here’s an interesting physics question: Let’s say you have to get from point A to point B in the pouring rain. Will you get wetter by running or walking there? I’ll reveal the answer and explain the science. (

Have you ever had trouble getting along with people at work? It is a universal problem. And a big part of the problem is that people have different working styles. Some of those styles work well together – some clash. When you understand what those different styles are and how they work with each other, you can have a happier more productive work environment. Kim Christfort is an executive with Deloitte, an accounting and consulting firm, is co-author of the book Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships ( She joins me to reveal how to better get along with and work with all the people at work.

May 28, 2018
How Heredity Works in Your Family & How to Create and Deliver the Perfect Apology

Years ago coffee was called “The Think Drink” in a marketing campaign. Those were the golden days of coffee. Later coffee was demonized as something that caused all kinds of health problems. Later it turned out, coffee had health benefits and was just fine to drink – but not too much. So we begin this episode with a look at the research to discover whether coffee is good or evil. (

Ever think about what traits or behaviors or illnesses may have been passed down to you by your parents and ancestors? What will you pass down to your children and their children? Can you really inherit your mother’s laugh or your father’s depression? Heredity is a fascinating and often misunderstood topic. To help sort it all out is Carl Zinmmer. Carl is a writer for The New York Times and author of the book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity (  

Couples fight about money more than most other subjects. That’s because they don’t talk about it until it escalates into a fight. So how can couples talk about money in a calm and reasonable manner so there are no fights? I’ll explain that in this episode (The Couple’s Guide to Financial Compatability by Jeff Motske -

When you do or say something that hurts someone else, you are supposed to apologize. But as simple as that sounds, sometimes an apology can make matters worse not better. In fact that is a lot about apologies and forgiveness people don’t understand. One person who understands this very well is Dr. Harriet Lerner, a psychotherapist and author of the book Why Won't You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts ( Harriet joins me to dissect what does and doesn’t make the perfect apology and how to diver it so it really does some good.

May 24, 2018
The Fascinating Role Music Plays in Your Life & How to Harness the New Power of Online Communities

No one likes getting a shot at the doctor’s office. But there is something you can do to ease the pain. We begin this episode with a little strategy that can cut the pain in half. But you have to do it just right. (

Music plays an important role in our lives – but why? We don’t need it to survive yet every culture on the planet has music of some sort. John Powell, author of the books Why You Love Music ( and How Music Works ( joins me to examine the fascinating role music plays in our lives and why we like the music we like.

Buying something that is biodegradable or has biodegradable packaging sound like a good thing. However, things don’t really biodegrade in a landfill like you think they would. Listen as we explore that topic. (

Have you heard of the “New Power”? It is the power of connecting communities. Uber does it. Airbnb does it. Facebook does it. Their power comes not from owning something but from connecting people. Henry Timms has explored this in his new book New Power: How Power in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make it Work For You ( He joins me to explain how it works and how you can put it to work for you and your organization.

May 21, 2018
The Art and Benefits of Wasting Time & 45 Billionaires Share Their Secrets to Success

You know what is one of the most common decorating mistakes people make? It is hanging art on the walls incorrectly – usually too high. I’ll explain a simple rule that art galleries and museums use and you should too. (

Imagine asking 45 successful, billionaire entrepreneurs what made them successful. That’s exactly what Robert Jordan did for his groundbreaking book, How They Did It: Billionaire Insights from the Heart of America ( Robert joins me to discuss how we can all put these principles to build our own success.

What if I told you that one-third of the fish in your store could be mislabeled? And that you may not be getting what you think you are? That is just one of the interesting facts about supermarkets I share in this episode. (

How often have you been told to stop wasting time? Well it turns out that is often really bad advice according to Professor Alan Lightman author of the new book, In Praise of Wasting Time ( Alan explains the problems created by scheduling every moment of the day as well of the benefits of simply doing nothing. And those benefits are pretty impressive!

May 17, 2018
Fascinating Science of Food and Cooking & What May Be Wrong with Your Mouth and Teeth

When you have a meeting it is usually sitting down in an office at a table. That just may be one of the worst ways to conduct a meeting and maybe it is why nothing much gets accomplished. There is a better way and it is something Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and others do. I’ll explain what that is as we begin this episode. (

If you cook, you are a scientist. Food science is fascinating and when you understand it you instantly become a better cook. Dr. Stuart Farrimond is author of the book, The Science of Cooking ((  and he joins me to explain the science behind cooking the perfect cut of meat, how to best cook vegetables and how to choose the best pan to cook in.

What are the ten most dangerous minutes to drive a car? That’s just one of the things you’ll learn when I explain how even good drivers can get better with a few simple techniques from the people at Popular Mechanics (

Something is going on in the mouths of our children. It seems a lot more kids today need braces and other orthodontic work because their jaws are too small. That in turn can lead to other serious health problems according to Sandra Kahn, DDS, so author of the book Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic ( Listen as she explains the problem as well as the ramifications and what we can do about. 

May 14, 2018
How to Stop Being Too Nice Without Being a Jerk & Your Relationship with Television

What is the stronger motivator – reward or punishment? In other words, does hurt more to lose something than it feels good to gain something? We start this episode t with a look at some interesting research into this. (

Some people are just way too nice. They sacrifice their own needs for the needs of others. They are so worried about what other people think of them that always want to please rather than offend. Aziz Gazapura used to be one of those people and he is now on a mission to help people stop being too nice and start being bold and authentic and do what’s right for them – not just what’s right for everybody else. Aziz is the author of the book Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty... And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself (

When your car breaks down it is likely for one of only a couple of reasons. I’ll tell you what those reasons are and how to prevent and/or deal with them when they happen. (

Television has changed a lot of the years and the change continues according to Amanda Lotz, professor of media studies at the University of Michigan and author of the book We Now Disrupt This Broadcast: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All ( She joins me to offer a fascinating look into how television has evolved, where it is most likely headed and how it will affect what you watch and how you watch it.

May 10, 2018
Should You Start Your Own Business? & The Dangers of Medical Myths & Health Misinformation

What color lipstick makes a woman most attractive? Do women prefer a beard on a man or not? What can anyone do to make themselves more attractive? We begin this episode by exploring this. (

Entrepreneurship is alive and well. So should you start a business? Maybe you already have. When you think about it, people who drive for Uber or rent out a room in their house on Airbnb are being entrepreneurial. So are people who simply decide to go freelance and do what they have always done – but do it as a consultant or contractor rather than as an employee. There are many ways to be an entrepreneur – but is it a smart thing for most people to do? Here to discuss that with me is Scott Shane. He is a professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western University and author of the book, Is Entrepreneurship Dead? (

I hate waiting in line. I imagine most people do. It turns out there is a whole science and vocabulary about waiting in line. Listen and discover how to make waiting in line less annoying, if that is possible. (

Health fraud is a topic I’ve been interested in for a long time. I am fascinated by so many of the false health claims that people believe even when there is no evidence to support them. Nina Shapiro, M.D., is also fascinated by this topic. She is the author of a new book called Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice ( She joins me to discuss what health information is true and not true – and how dangerous it is not to know the difference.

May 07, 2018
What Your Stuff Reveals About You & How Your Gut Affects Your Mood

The more decisions you make during the day, the worse you get at it. It’s called “decision fatigue” and everyone gets it. Listen as we begin this episode and discover just how it happens and what you can do about it. ( 

What does your stuff say about you? Tons, according to my first guest, Sam Gosling. Sam sent investigators and scientists to snoop around people’s homes and offices to discover what can be learned by their belongings. The results are in his book, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You ( Sam joins me to explain what he discovered. 

You probably don’t think a lot about food – but there are some fascinating things worth knowing. So we will explore things like how much food you eat in a year; the shelf life of Twinkies (if there is one) and what may be lurking in your peanut butter. (

The bacteria in your gut could actually have a significant impact on your mood and your ability to think and solve problems. It sounds weird but the science for this is pretty substantial. Journalist Scott Anderson explored this thoroughly for his book (published by National Geographic) called The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection. Normally I am very conservative about what kind of health claims and advice I allow on the podcast but there really seems to be something to this and it could be of help for people with depression as well as people who have trouble with their gut. ( 

May 03, 2018
Why Time Seems to Fly & The Secrets of How Great Teams Work Together

In my house, whenever we turn on the microwave oven in the kitchen – it screws up the Wi-Fi. Why is that? And is there anything you can do to prevent that? We start this episode by exploring the microwave/Wi-Fi conflict. (

Time sure flies when you are having fun. We’ve all had that experience but have you ever wondered why that is? Why should time seem to travel faster at one time and slower at other times even though time is constant? Is it possible to deliberately make time seem to move faster or slower? Alan Burdick is a staff writer and former senior editor at The New Yorker who spent 10 years researching this phenomenon. The result is his book, Why Time Flies ( . He joins me to reveal what he discovered. 

If you have some vodka around the house, you should know that it is good for more than mixing cocktails. For example, it is an insect repellent and it’s great for washing windows – and that’s just the beginning! ( . Listen to discover all the great uses for vodka.

We all have to work in teams. Whether it is your family or a team at work or in an organization you belong to. So what is it that makes great teams work so well together? Daniel Coyle, author of the book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups ( embedded himself in some highly successful groups including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, Zappos, the San Antonio Spurs, and several others and he discovered what makes great teams – great. He joins me to share the secrets of highly successful teams.

Apr 30, 2018
How You Can Be More Powerful & Elastic Thinking: A Better Way to Solve Problems

When you go grocery shopping it is hard to resist the urge to buy things you know you shouldn’t. Temptation is down every aisle! So what can you do? There is a simple yet very effective technique that will help you resist those urges.  (

You probably know someone you would consider powerful. So how did they get their power? Where did it come from? And can you be more powerful? Listen to Jeffrey Pfeffer is a professor of Organizational Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and author of the book Power: Why Some People Have it and Others Don’t ( He explains how anyone can be a much more powerful presence. 

Do you like kale? It has been called a super food and it now finds its way into all kinds of salads and other dishes. But a few years ago hardly anyone ate kale. So why and how did it become so popular? Is it really so great? You won’t believe the story. (

There is logical thinking and then there is “elastic” thinking. Elastic thinking is a different way to approach problems. Leonard Mlodinow, author of the book Elastic Thinking: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change ( reveals how this different way of thinking works and how it can often be a better way to solve the problems you face at work and at home. Leonard is a fascinating writer (he co-wrote a book with Stephen Hawking!) and I know you will find his insight enlightening. 

Apr 26, 2018
How to Be a Better Risk Taker & Mysteries of Science That Affect Your Life

One way to blow your credibility in any conversation or in anything you write is to misuse or mispronounce words or phrases. So this episodes starts with some commonly misused words and phrases to make sure you are using them correctly. (  

Taking risks can be good – or bad. It’s all in how you approach the risk and it also seems to depend on how old you are. Kayt Sukel, author of the book The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance ( joins me to explain how important it is to take risks but also how to be a better risk taker so that you win more than you lose – and also how to learn from the risks that fail.

Do you neatly fold your towel after a shower and place it on the towel rack? Or maybe you hang it on a hook? Well those are terrible things to do if you plan to use that towel again tomorrow! I’ll explain why. (

Do you like science? How can you not? Science is everywhere and governs everything you do and explains why our world works the way it does. Scientist Scott Bembenek author of the book The Cosmic Machine: The Science that Runs our Universe and the Story Behind It ( joins me to explain some fascinating principles and mysteries of science. One mystery he talks about is why you will often see an egg fall to the ground and break but never see an egg jump back up on the counter and reassemble itself. But according to some equations – it should. You have to hear him explain it. So come listen!

Apr 23, 2018
How to Sleep Much Better & The Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Your Life

Of course you know better than to talk on your phone while driving – but you should also tell other people in the car to stay off their phones as well. This episode starts with a discussion on why passenger’s phone conversation can be trouble for the driver. ( 

How well do you sleep? Before you answer you should know that you may not HAVE the answer. So many people sleep so poorly, they don’t even know what good sleep is – or feels like. For some real insight into how people sleep and how we can all sleep better, listen as I speak with sleep medicine specialist Chris Winter, M.D., author of the book The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It ( 

Anyone who spends time on Facebook knows that feeling of, “Why does everyone else’s life seem so wonderful compared to mine?” There is now research that proves this happens to everyone who goes on Facebook and that actually people’s lives aren’t any better than yours – it just looks that way. Listen and I’ll explain. ( 

Do you know much about virtual reality? You are about to. Peter Rubin, senior editor at Wired magazine knows a lot about it. In fact he is the author of a new book on the topic called Future Presence: How Virtual Reality is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy and the Limits of Ordinary Life ( Peter joins me to explore some of the fascinating and fun parts of virtual reality and also some of the concerns about how it will impact how we humans live our lives.  

Apr 19, 2018
How to Create Excellence & An Easier Way to Financial Independence

Passengers get kicked off airline flights a lot more than they used to. Do airlines have the right to just give people the boot for any reason? This episode begins by explaining why you can get kicked off any flight for almost any reason. (

The idea of “creating excellence” really became popular back in 1982 with the publication of the huge, best-selling book, In Search of Excellence ( . So how have things changed since then? Co-author Tom Peters joins me to talk about that as well as discuss his new book The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last ( Tom one of those people who always makes you think so I am sure you will find this conversation engaging.   

Which is better for your car – synthetic motor oil or conventional motor oil? To answer that you need to know the difference so I’ll explain that and tell you what the experts recommend. (

In our culture, we are encouraged to spend money. It is often difficult to save money and spend cautiously. Vicki Robin, author of the book Your Money or Your Life ( shares some fascinating ideas on how to look at money differently and spend wisely so you still get you everything you really want and also have money in the bank.

Apr 16, 2018
How Things Do (and Don’t) Become Popular & How to Navigate Difficult Social Situations With Ease

“Eat your veggies – they’re good for you!” Every parent has said that to a child and yet, as a parent, you probably shouldn’t. I start this episode of the podcast with some fascinating research about what to tell kids about healthy foods. (

What if I told you that nothing really goes viral? You’d probably say, “Of course it does – cat videos, songs, lots of things go viral.” Well, not according to Derek Thompson, senior editor at the Atlantic magazine and author of the book Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction ( Derek reveals exactly how things become popular – and it isn’t the way you might think. 

In schools today there is a lot of emphasis on typing on a keyboard rather than writing with pen and paper. So you may be surprised to hear the benefits kids receive by simply writing on paper – and maybe schools should re-think their policies that deemphasize penmanship in early grades. (

Who hasn’t been socially anxious? I am sure you’ve been in one of those situations where a lot is on the line or you don’t know anyone and it makes it uncomfortable and difficult. This is especially true for the millions of people who are naturally socially anxious anyway. With some help is clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen author of How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety ( Ellen is also the host of the wildly popular podcast, Savvy Psychologist ( She joins me to offer some rock solid suggestions to help navigate those anxiety provoking situations so you act, look and feel like you belong.

Apr 12, 2018
How Your Money Actually Works & How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness

I recently appeared on a different podcast to talk about the evolution and success of Something You Should Know. To listen to my appearance on "On Mic with Jordan Rich," follow this link:

Confident people just have a way about them. The way they act and talk draws people to them. So how can you be (and appear) more confident? I begin this episode with some expert advice on how to project confidence. (

How does your money move around? In other words, you write me a check, how does the money get from your account to mine? What makes a $20 bill worth $20? And how does Bitcoin work? These questions and more are answered by my guest Charles Wheelan, who teaches economics at Dartmouth and is author of the book Naked Money (

You probably have an ice maker in your freezer. If so , you should be aware that your ice maker has its own heater to keep it from freezing and that little heater is costing you. (

One reason that happiness can be so hard to find is because our brains aren’t wired for happiness – they are wired for survival. Rick Hanson, author of the book Hardwiring Happiness ( reveals how, with a little effort, you can rewire the brain so happiness becomes part of who you are

Apr 09, 2018
The 5 People Who Will Ruin Your Life (If You Let Them) & How to Make Motivation Work For You

Could some freaked-out passenger actually open the door on an airplane in the middle of the flight? There have been news reports of attempts to do so – but is it possible? That is one of the things I discuss regarding how things work on commercial airliners to begin this episode. (

There are five types of people who can ruin your life. All five are what you would call “high-conflict” types of people. Bill Eddy has some ways for you to handle these people so they DON’T ruin your life. In fact when you implement his strategies, these people won’t bother you much you at all. Bill is the president of the High Conflict Institute and author of the book 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life. (

Ever been in an elevator where some guy is wearing way too much cologne? That happens because a lot of men are clueless about HOW to apply it – they think the more the better. So I will explain GQ Magazine’s recommendation on how men should apply cologne in just the right way. (

You know what motivation is – right? It’s that thing that gets you to your goal. But where does it come from? Why do some people seem more motivated than others? Jeff Haden knows. He is a speaker, researcher and author of the book, The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win ( Listen and you will have a much better handle on how motivation works and how to make it payoff for you.

Apr 05, 2018
Real Truth Vs Fake Truth: How to Tell the Difference & The Science of Failure: Why Things Go Wrong

We have a lot of devices – cellphones, tablets, laptops – and they all need to be charged up constantly. How much does that cost? And how much does it cost to run a television, light bulb or a Tesla every year? Listen to discover the answers. (

It seems as if the truth has taken a beating in recent years. Your truth may not be my truth and then, of course, there is alternative truth. Huh? It’s time we take a closer look at what the truth is and isn’t. So joining me is Hector MacDonald, he is strategic communications consultant who has advised the leaders of some of the world’s top corporations as well as the British government. Hector is the author of a new book called TRUTH: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality ( and I think you will find what he has to say very enlightening. 

Everyone has been worried about their breath on occasion. We all know what a huge turn-off bad breath can be. So I will let you in on some proven strategies to fight bad breath when you aren’t able to brush your teeth. I’ll also tell you a few myths about bad breath that may surprise you.

You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law… Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But why is that so? Why do things go wrong? Whether it is your morning routine to get the kids off to school (which in my house OFTEN goes wrong) to how you do your job or cook Thanksgiving dinner to disastrous space shuttle launches – things can and do go wrong. Listen to Chris Clearfield, co-author of the book Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It ( as he delves into the science of failure. You'll discover how failure works and more importantly how you can learn from failure to prevent it from happening again.

Apr 02, 2018
5 Ways Your Phone Screws Up Your Life & What to Do When Your Whole World Falls Apart

If you have a big decision to make, wait until you have to go to the bathroom. I begin this episode by explaining why a full bladder helps make better decisions. (

Do you control your phone or does your phone control you? It seems we can’t live without a cellphone for more than a few minutes. But what if you actually tried? What if it actually made things better? Catherine Price has taken a critical look at our relationship to smartphones in her book, How to Break Up With your Phone ( For more information go to And for a free copy of Catherine’s audio book version, go to and start a free trial with Audible and you get one free book to download and keep even if you cancel your subscription. 

Did you know that Cheerios were once considered an unapproved drug by the FDA? And do you know how many varieties of Cheerios there are? (Hint: More than 12) Those are just a few of the many fascinating things I discuss about this iconic breakfast cereal. (

So what do you do when your whole life fall apart? Of course you hope it never happens but life has a way of dishing up some pretty tough times to all of us at some point. Daphne Rose Kingma, author of the book, The 10 Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart ( reveals the secrets of getting through those horrible times so that life gets good once again. 

Mar 29, 2018
Secrets of Peak Performance We Can All Use & Fascinating Math You've Always Wondered About

Your homeowner’s insurance (and renter’s insurance if you have it) covers much more than you probably realize – and it is worth knowing. For example, if you receive counterfeit money – your homeowner’s insurance may likely cover you for the loss. Who knew? And that’s only one thing we will discuss that your insurance probably covers. (

How do peak performers get to the top of their field? And what separates a peak performer from everyone else? High performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais has some interesting answers that can help you become a peak performer. Michael works with top musicians, action sports stars and athletes including the Seattle Seahawks. He is also the host of the podcast, Finding Mastery: Conversations with Micahael Gervais (

The number of people who are near-sighted has grown dramatically over the last 20 years or so. Why? You’ve probably heard that it is because we do so much “close-up” work like looking at computer screens and reading books. But that is apparently not it. So what is the reason? Listen to find out.(

 Is zero really a number? What is so important about pi? These are just two of the fascinating aspects of mathematics I explore with mathematician Ian Stewart, retired Professor at the University of Warwick in England and author of several books including The Beauty of Numbers in Nature ( Even if you are not a math lover, you will find this conversation fascinating.

Mar 26, 2018
Best of SYSK Volume 3

A few times every year I like to shine a spotlight on some of the best moments from past episodes you may have missed. This time, it’s moments from the last few months of 2017. It’s a busy time of year, so in case you missed some moments, here are a few really great ones.. The links below will take you back to the original episodes from which these segments are taken so you can listen to the complete interviews if you wish.

Topics and Links in this Episode

Why Those Special Moments in Your Life Are So Special. Episode 79.

Alan Alda’s Advice on Communicating and Relating to Others. Episode 109

How to Learn Anything Better and Faster. Episode 118

The Serious Consequences of Not Asking For What You Want. Episode 132

Mar 22, 2018
Why Life is Better Than You Think & Why We Swear

Everyone has a blood type right? Well, not really. Some people have no blood type – not to be confused with people who have a universal blood type. Do you know if you are type A, B, AB or 0? Why do you have a blood type anyway? That’s the first topic of conversation today. (

To hear tell, the world is going to hell. Watch the news and it seems as if we are on the road to self-destruction. But we are not. In fact we are living in an age of enlightenment according to Harvard Professor and bestselling author Stephen Pinker. In his new book, Enlightenment Now the Case for Reason, Science Humanism and Progress, (, Stephen reveals that while many think the world is in decline, the opposite is true and he joins me to discuss. What he says will lift your spirits.

(And remember, to get Stephen Pinker's audiobook version of Enlightenment Now for free from Audible, just go to and sign up for a 30-day trial and your first book is free!)

If you use a handheld hair dryer, you may want to hold it a little differently than you probably do. That’s because hair dryers emit an electromagnetic force that may not be so good for your health. The same is true for other household appliances. I’ll explain which ones and what you should do differently. (

Do you swear? Chances are you do. Most people do. But why? Melissa Mohr, author of the book Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing ( explain why every language has swearing and what purpose it serves. 

Mar 19, 2018
How to Craft a Luckier Life & Why You Tell Yourself Stories That Aren’t True

People hate unsolicited advice – and they seldom follow it. Still, that doesn’t stop us from dishing it out to those we are trying to help. Well maybe there is a better and more effective way to influence people other than just telling them what we think they should do. I’ll tell you what it is. (

Some people have all the luck. But why? Why are some people luckier than others? Can you create a life that has more luck in it? Can you be one of those people that other people think of as lucky? Absolutely, says Janice Kaplan. Janice is the former Editor-in-Chief of Parade magazine and her new book is called How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life ( Janice joins me to discuss how luck really works and how anyone can craft a luckier life.

Organic onions, swordfish and gluten-free muffins are just 3 things you shouldn’t buy at the supermarket if you want to save money. I’ll explain why and give you a few other things NOT to buy. (

Has this ever happened…? You send an email or leave a voicemail for someone to get back to you – but they don’t. As a result, you start to imagine why they don’t. And the why is usually a negative story. Why do we do this? And how can we stop doing that? Scott Gortno is a therapist and author of the book , The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Stop Jumping to Conclusions. Free Yourself from Anxiety. Transform Your Relationships ( Listen as he explains this interesting quirk in human behavior and why it gets us into trouble.

Mar 15, 2018
The Secrets of Nonverbal Communication & The Fascinating Connection Between Food and Brain Performance

If you flip a coin and it comes up heads a couple of times in a row, chances are you would bet the next flip will come up tails. That is the perfect example of the “gambler’s fallacy.” Because the next flip is NOT more likely to come up tails. It gets gamblers in Las Vegas in trouble but it can also get you in trouble if you let it enter in to your decision making process. (

You instinctively know about body language. When people act a certain way or don’t make eye contact with you – it causes you to make assumptions about them. Plus, how YOU act and carry yourself causes people to make assumptions about you. All this non-verbal communication is fascinating and Tonya Reiman, Fox News, contributor and author of The Yes Factor: Get What You Want. Say What You Mean (, joins me to offer some insight and advice to help you better use nonverbal communication to your advantage. 

If you don’t have time to floss, maybe you should chew some gum. It seems that chewing gum can do a lot for your oral health but you have to chew the right kind of gum and you have to make sure you don’t chew it too long. Listen to hear the explanation. ( )

What you eat turns out to have a lot to do with how well your brain works. Eat the right foods and your cognitive performance increases. East the wrong foods and the opposite occurs. Neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi, author of the new book Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power ( explains the connection between food (and drink) and your brain and she offers her list of best and worst foods to eat if you want to optimize your brain’s performance.

Mar 12, 2018
The Real Reason You Buy What You Buy & How to Have That Difficult Conversation and Still Be Friends

Handwriting analysis sounds like it might be scientific. After all some courts allow it during trials and it has helped to convict defendants. But how reliable is it really? When put to the test, do handwriting experts do better in spotting a forgery or confirming a signature than you or me? We’ll discuss that. (

You like to think that when you buy something, you do it for sound smart and logical reasons. And maybe YOU do. But most people don’t. Marketing expert Harry Beckwith, author of the book, Unthinking: The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy ( explains why we usually buy for reasons that have little to do with logic – even though we think otherwise. 

All alcoholic drinks are not created equal. Some get you drunker, some are more likely to give you a hangover and one in particular is more likely to land you in a hospital emergency room although no one is really sure why. If you enjoy a cocktail, this is worth hearing. (

Ever go in to a conversation with the intent of changing someone’s mind? As you probably discovered, it almost never works. So perhaps that should not be the goal according to Celeste Headlee of Georgia Public Radio and author of the book We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter ( She discusses a different way to approach difficult conversations so they don’t end in arguments and maybe actually accomplish something. 

Mar 08, 2018
Why Are Great Innovators So Weird and Quirky? & What You Probably Never Knew About Cats

TV networks manipulate programs to make more time for commercials – a LOT more time. I’ll discuss that and you might want to watch this YouTube video that demonstrates just how it works. Here’s the link: And here is the source for this story:

  We all have our little quirks and idiosyncrasies. But why is that great innovators like Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Marie Curie and others seem weird and “off the charts” quirky compared to the rest of us? Melissa Schilling, professor of management and organization at the Stern School of Business at NYU is author of the book Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World ( Listen and she explains why great genius is so often accompanied by quirkiness and what the connection is between the two.

Want to be happier? Shorten your commute and sleep on the left side of the bed. Those are just two of the things that according to science can elevate your level of happiness. I’ll reveal more in this episode. (

There are about the same number of cat owners as there are dog owners in the U.S. So what is it about cats that make them so interesting and mysterious? And why do so many people love cats when it seems cats couldn’t care less about people - or anything else for that matter? Professor Leslie Lyons is a cat lover who also happens to run the Lyons Feline Genetic Laboratory at the University of Missouri ( . She knows more about cats that just about anybody. And she joins me to discuss the feline fascination so many people have.

Mar 05, 2018
Why Complainers Complain and How to Stop Them & Using Games to Accomplish Your Goals

Why is Stephen Hawking still alive? Most people who are diagnosed with ALS die within 5 years. Stephen Hawking was diagnosed in his 20’s and today he is in his 70’s. We begin this episode by looking at his amazing longevity. (

Do you know a complainer? It’s a trick question because you probably know a lot more than one. In fact, you might be a complainer without realizing it. Cianna Stewart has studied the subject of complaining in great detail and even wrote a book on it called, No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy ( Listen as she reveals why some people complain about every little thing and strategies to stop yourself from complaining and to stop complainers from complaining.

Look at any print or web ad and you will likely see the images on the left and the text on the right. There’s a reason for that – it is one of the techniques advertisers use. I’ll discuss several more you should be aware of.

Have you heard of the word “gamification”? You do it with your kids when you make cleaning their room a game instead of a chore. Fitbit is a good example of gamification. They make a game out of fitness. Other businesses do it as well – and you probably also do it in your life. Dave Eng is an expert on gamification. He is an adjunct  professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College and he joins me to discuss how gamification works, why it’s go effective and what some of the concerns are. Dave’s website is

Mar 01, 2018
The REAL Reason Why You Do the Things You Do & Important Etiquette in the 21st Century

So, what’s the deal with high fructose corn syrup? People talk about it a lot. Some say it is horrible for your health while others claim it is fine. But do you know what it actually is? Without stepping into the controversy, I’ll explain what it is exactly and how it is different than regular corny syrup or sugar for that matter. (

Why do you do the things you do? Everything you do has a reason. You go to school to learn and you go to the doctor get healthy – right? Well, what if the reason you THINK you do things isn’t the real reason? I want you to listen to Robin Hanson an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and author of the book, The Elephant in the Brain ( He explains that often the reason we THINK we do things is not the reason at all – and why it is important to understand all of this.

I bet you’ve wondered how good a memory your dog or cat has. How long do they remember an event or a command or the last time you played with them? Listen and I think the answer will surprise you. (

You might think etiquette is kind of an old-fashioned concept with little relevance in the 21st century. But you’d be wrong to think that. Etiquette is as valid today as ever – maybe more so. Thomas Farley, author of Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces (, answers some common etiquette questions people have about social media, weddings, cellphones and more.

His website is

Feb 26, 2018
How to Design YOUR Perfect Life & Why Humans Make So Many Irrational Decisions

Back in Grandma’s day, you had to spend an afternoon defrosting the freezer once in a while. Today we have frost-free freezers but unfortunately they can do damage to the frozen food in there. I’ll explain what to do about it.

One of the reasons life is so stressful is because we try to do things that we are just not wired to do. Gretchen Rubin, host of the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” podcast and author of the audiobook The Four Tendencies has a solution. She explains how to figure out your own personality profile and then incorporate ways to live your life that are in line with your personality. When you do, life gets easier.

By the way, to take the personality test Gretchen talks about, go to her website

Then, a lot more kids today have allergies and eczema compared to previous generations. And it may have to do with your dishwasher. You’ll want to hear this.

We humans are very good at making irrational decisions. It seems we can’t help ourselves. We like to think we are rational beings but so often what we do and how we think is driven by something else. Ron Brafman, co-author of the book Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior explains why we do irrational things and offers some advice to help you be more rational when everyone else isn’t. 

To see the before and after images of my living room courtesy of, go to:

Feb 22, 2018
How to Deal With Every Jerk You Meet & How to Take Stunning Photos with Your Cellphone

Why do you sigh? Usually it is because you feel relief or you are sad or tired. But it turns out there is more to a sigh than you thought. In fact it turns out to be good for you. I’ll explain as I start this episode.

The world is full of jerks. And unfortunately you have to deal with them. So what’s the best way? Here with some expert help is Bob Sutton, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford and author of the book The A**hole Survival Guide ( Bob explains why jerks are so jerky and reveals the different categories of jerks and then offers some tactical advice to deal with them and still get what you want.

Did you know different airlines have different flying styles? Did you know the armrest closest to the aisle on an airplane that can’t be raised actually CAN be raised if you know a little trick? These are just two of the fascinating behind-the-scenes facts about air travel that we’ll explore.

Everyone today has a camera on them almost all the time. And cellphone cameras have gotten pretty good. So, since you may likely be photographing much of your life, why not make those photos the best they can be? Photographer Jim Miotke, founder of and creator of the online course Outstanding Photography offer some simple tips and idea that will transform your cellphone photos so they truly capture the moment.

Come see my dog Taffy and her new Bark Box on the episode page on the website. Here is the link:

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Feb 19, 2018
What it Really Takes To Be a Winner & What to Do About the New Culture of Rudeness

Want to be more persuasive? There is a simple phrase or two you can add to any request that will increase the chances that almost anyone will do you the favor you ask. I’ll tell you what those phrases are.

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you’ve seen THE best athletes in the world competing against each other. So how do you get to be the best? And what separates the very best from the “pretty good?” Ashley Merryman, co-author of the book Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing ( reveals some fascinating stories and research that anyone can use to improve your chances of winning in whatever you choose to do.

There isn’t a soul alive who hasn’t gotten an email or 2 (or thousands!) offering male enhancement pills, creams and lotions. The problem is, none of them work. And there is even a bigger problem with these fake potions. Listen to discover what it is.

Are people becoming ruder? Sure seems that way to me. So where did this need to be “brutally honest” come from? Danny Wallace, author of the book F You Very Much ( looks at the origins of this new lack of civility as well as what it is doing and how we can stop it.

Feb 15, 2018
The Best Way to Find Someone to Love & How to Come Up With Better Ideas

So the dentist has you open your mouth wide and while he is poking around in there with sharp instruments, he asks you a question. Why? You can’t really answer. I’ll explain this and other fascinating things that go on in the dentist’s office.

Since it is Valentine’s week, I think you’ll enjoy hearing my discussion with Helen Fisher, author of the Anatomy of Love A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray  (  Helen has been studying how people connect, fall in love and stay in love and she has some great suggestions on where to go to find love and how to keep the spark alive in the long term.

Why do retail prices still end in 99 cents - as in $29.99? Do retailers still think we don’t know that $29.99 is closer to $30 than $20? It turns out that pricing strategy still works and I’ll explain why.

Everyone has creative ability. It’s just a matter of understanding your particular creative process and how to use it. That’s according to Roger Von Oech, author of the book, A Whack on the Side of the Head ( Roger has been studying, researching and speaking about creativity for years and he will help ignite your creative thinking to come up with better ideas.

Feb 12, 2018
Forgiveness or Revenge: Which is Better? & How You Spend Money and What it Says About You

Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t sing or carry a tune? Kids are often told that and it can really embarrass them and leave a lasting impression. The truth is just about anyone can sing and sing well. So forget what you were told and listen to my explanation.

The ability to forgive is wonderful. But while people can forgive we also have the ability (and often the desire) to seek revenge when someone has harmed us. Psychologist Michael McCullough author of the book Beyond Revenge (  talks with me about how to best deal with someone who has hurt you and he explores whether or not you can make a case for revenge in some circumstances.

There is a good chance you have a favorite coffee mug. Lots of people do. And I think you will find it either odd or comforting just how attached people get to their coffee mug and what they feel if someone else uses it or – God forbid – it breaks!

All your life you deal with money. And how well you deal with it and understand it will have a huge impact on you. Jeff Kreisler author of the book Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter ( uncovers some of the mysteries of money like why you enjoy spending money on some things but hate spending money on others; how you decide what the value of things are; why you will spend more on vacation than you will at home for the very same things and more.

Feb 08, 2018
How Your Friends Influence What You Think, Feel and Weigh & Why It’s So Hard to Ask for Help (But Ask Anyway)

Identity theft is often NOT the result of some high-tech scam. It is frequently because someone digs through your trash and finds documents with personal information. I start this episode explaining ways you haven't heard before to protect yourself from low-tech but highly effective dumpster divers who want to steal your identity.

It is amazing how people you know influence you in ways you don’t realize. The things you do, the decisions you make and the thoughts you think can all be heavily but unknowingly influenced by the people around you. Dr. Nicholas Christakis is a physician, sociologist and author of the book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives ( and he explains how this phenomenon works and why it is so important.

A lot of people have gotten very sick this winter from colds and flu. Often it is the result of touching things with germs on them then transferring those germs from your hands to your face. I’ll reveal all the things at work you want to make sure NOT to touch or at least clean before you do so you don't get sick.

Ever struggle to do something, like carry too many grocery bags – and someone offers to help and you say, “No thanks, I got it.”? Why? You need help, someone offers – why in the world would you decline? But we do it all the time. It seems that people just don’t like asking for help. Nora Klaver, author of the book, Mayday! Asking for Help in Time of Need ( explains why it is that we are so reluctant to ask for help and why accepting help is often a much better decision for so many reasons. 

Feb 05, 2018
How to Ooze Self-Confidence & The Magic of Doing What You’re Good At

When you fly on an airplane – you think things. Like: “How good, is the air I’m breathing? Will I get drunker than normal if I drink at 35,000 feet? What if some lunatic tries to open the airplane door during the flight?” I’ll reveal the answers to these and other common questions about air travel.

Some people seem to be born with a lot of self-confidence. But most of us are not. So how do we increase our confidence and project it to the world? Psychotherapist Sheenah Hankin, author of the book, Complete Confidence ( has some excellent strategies to increase your confidence that you can put into practice immediately.

The U.S. Postal Service is a part of everyone’s life. And sometimes it seems that they can make your life difficult. So, I have some tips from actual postal employees to help you navigate the postal service with more efficiency and do it in less time.

Are you doing what you are really good at? Or do you work in a job that leaves your true skills idle and untouched? Sir Kenneth Robinson, author the book,  Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life ( explores ways to discover what you do well and then find ways to incorporate those things into your life. It’s important because when you do what you are good at and it is something you find satisfying, it can transform your life.

Feb 01, 2018
How to Be Truly Fascinating & What Are You Really Afraid Of?

You have likely been the victim of the Doorway Effect. It’s when you walk into a room and forget why you walked in there. We start this episode with an explanation of what this is and why it happens.

Wouldn’t it be great if people regarded you as particularly fascinating? Well it turns out there are specific ways to do that according to Sally Hogshead, speaker and author of the book Fascinate: The 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation ( Sally reveals what you can do so that others find you interesting and how to use your personal fascination to great benefit.

If you love guacamole, there is a secret ingredient I want you to try the next time you make it. It’s just a tablespoons worth but it is going to make all the difference in the world, according to Esquire magazine.

What are you afraid of? If you watch the news you would think that crime, terrorism and natural disasters are the real threats. But they are not – at least not statistically. The things that harm and kill more people are much more mundane according to Dan Gardner, author of the book, The Science of Fear ( Listen and understand what is really likely to do you harm and what isn’t. It’s going to help you live longer, healthier and happier.

Jan 29, 2018
A Better Way to Make Your Choices in Life & How to Be Irresistible to the Opposite Sex

I am sure you have had to perform under pressure. And so you know that it is difficult to do and often your performance suffers. But why? Well a couple of interesting things happen in that situation and when you understand them you can make the experience of performing under pressure a lot easier. Listen as I begin this episode with this fascinating intel.

Then, we are going to explore the process of making choices. Today, we have so many choices for everything – breakfast cereal, cars, food, careers – everywhere choices abound! And that can be great except that too many choices can actually be paralyzing. Anyone who has spent more time choosing what show to watch on Netflix than actually watching a show knows what I mean. Barry Schwartz, author of the book, The Paradox of Choice ( joins me to explain why trying to make the “best” choice may be a waste of time and he offers a better way to make choices that will leave you more satisfied.

Have you heard that we only use about 10% of our brain? Well, that turns out to be nonsense and it is just one of several myths about the brain we will clear up in this episode.

What attracts men to women and women to men? Allan Pease has some very interesting answers. Allan has been studying how people communicate and he is author of the book, Why Men Want Sex and Women Need Love ( Listen as he explains how to make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex based on evolutionary drives and urges that still rule our feelings and actions. 

Jan 25, 2018
Why Timing REALLY is Everything & Ways to Save on Medication You Never Knew

Sure, it’s great to want more money but if you don’t have the time to enjoy it – what’s the point? We begin this episode with a look at why spending more of your money on things that actually create more free time for you can make your life much more enjoyable.

While the phrase “timing is everything” is tossed around a lot, it turns out there is a lot of wisdom in it.  In short, it is not just WHAT you do in your life that is important it – it is also WHEN you decide to do it. Daniel Pink, author of the book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing ( reveals why timing is so important and how to time events in your life to be more successful.

Who hasn’t reheated pizza in the microwave? Everyone does with predictably disappointing results. Listen and you'll discover a better way that doesn’t take much more time but delivers much better results.

And wouldn’t it be great to save money on prescription drugs? It turns out there are a lot of ways to save beyond the simple advice of getting generic drugs rather than name brands. Edward Jardini, M.D is author of the book How to Save On Prescription Drugs: 20 Cost Savings Methods ( and he has some very clever ways to keep more money in your pocket and not waste it on medicine. 

Jan 22, 2018
What People Really Think About You & Why a Little Dishonesty is Probably Okay

I bet this has happened to you… you are all set to take a bite of something delicious when you notice a fly has landed on it - a filthy disgusting fly! So is that food still safe to eat? Find out what the science says as we begin this episode of the program.

Then, your success in life is due in large part with how you deal with people and how people perceive you. Wouldn’t it be great to know how to make yourself more approachable and interesting to others? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to size up and read people when you meet them? Vanessa Van Edwards has been studying people and their behavior for a long time. She is author of the book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People ( and she joins me to discuss some effective strategies to improve your people skills like you won’t believe.   

Then, there is a fascinating limitation of the human brain you must know about. IT seems you cannot keep track of more than 3 things at once unless condition is met. What is it? Listen and find out.

Since you were a child you’ve heard that honesty is the best policy. However, dig as little deeper and you’ll find that most of us think a little dishonesty is probably okay. The fact is we do think dishonesty is acceptable as long as it is not too much and as long as it is not too overt. Dan Ariely, author of the book, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves ( explains the little ways we are all a bit dishonest and why we think it is perfectly fine - so maybe it is.

Jan 18, 2018
How to Have a Voice You Love & Proven Money Strategies for Every Day

Do you often find yourself in the slowest line at the supermarket? Me too. Is it bad luck or just your perception? I’ll explore what’s behind this universal annoyance and suggest a better way to handle this.

It seems everyone hates the sound of their voice when they hear it played back. But what if you LOVED the sound of your voice? Vocal coach Roger Love explains how anyone can have a beautiful voice – you are not stuck with the one you have now. Listen to this episode and you will instantly have the tools to improve the sound of your voice. Then if you want to learn more, check out Roger’s program, The Perfect Voice at

Have you heard that it is a good idea to let your cellphone battery run all the way down to zero? Supposedly that is to help it last longer and keep a better charge. Is it true? We’ll find out.

All of us have asked some basic financial questions at some point such as: Is it better to own or rent a home; buy or lease a car; pay off debt of save money? Jack Otter, editor at and author of the book, Worth…Not Worth It? ( has examined these questions, done the math and come up with the answers. Listen as Jack may surprise you with what he has to say about what you should do with your money.

Jan 15, 2018
Benefits of Being Messy & Household Hacks You WILL Use

It sucks when you have a cold. I’m sure you’ve heard that you should drink a lot of fluids and get rest and eat chicken soup – but there are other things you may not have heard before that can help alleviate the symptoms of a cold while you wait for it to go away. And since this is cold season, we begin this episode with great ways to ease the misery of having a cold.

Everyone knows being neat and tidy is preferable to being messy. But wait! Not so fast. Says who? There is a case for being messy. Because it turns out that life is messy and often life doesn’t fit neatly into categories, files and folders. Tim Harford, journalist, economist and author of the book Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives ( explains why being neat isn’t always the solution and suggests ways to embrace the messiness of life and use it to your advantage.

Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed that whenever you cry, you get a runny nose. Why? Listen and find out.

Then, sooner or later – and probably sooner, you will need to clean something. And no one knows better how to keep your life clean and sparkly bright than Jolie Kerr. Jolie is an advice columnist and host of the podcast, “Ask a Clean Person.” She is also author of the book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag ( NO ONE loves to clean like Jolie and you will love her cleaning hacks that I know you will use within hours if not minutes after hearing them.

Jan 11, 2018
Why You Get Shy (and What to do About It) & A Better Way to Make New Years Resolutions Stick

How can drinking hot cocoa from an orange mug taste different from drinking hot cocoa from a blue mug? I’ll explain some interesting research that shows how color affects our perception of taste.

Plus, a large percentage of the population report that they are shy. In fact, almost all of us feel shy in certain situations. But why are some people more shy than others – are they born that way or is it something they learn? Most importantly, what can shy people do so that their shyness doesn’t interfere in their life or success? Bernardo Carducci, Director of the Shyness Research Institute ( at Indiana University Southeast and author of The Pocket Guide to Making Successful Small Talk offers some incredible insight into becoming what he calls a successful shy person.

Also, how you sign your name reveals a lot about you. Listen as I discuss a fascinating study that looked at signatures of big bosses (like Donald Trump, Barack Obama and Richard Branson, to name a few) and what their signature revealed about their personality.

By now a lot of people who made New Year’s resolutions are struggling. The fact is most resolutions fail. So maybe there is a better way. Caroline Arnold, author of the book, Small Move, Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently ( reveals a simple, easy and virtually foolproof way to set and achieve a resolution - or any goal for that matter.

Jan 08, 2018
How Not to Die & How to Be More Courageous

Even though we all know not to talk or text while driving – it can be so tempting. After all, what harm can it do to send a text while stopped at a traffic light? Well, you might be surprised. Research by AAA found there is a residual effect even after you are done texting or talking that can impair your driving. This episode begins with this interesting intel.

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. And yet it is almost completely preventable. That’s according to Michael, Greger, M.D. and author of the book, How Not to Die (  Dr Greger explains how lifestyle changes not only will eliminate and reverse heart disease but also help with other life threatening conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and more.

Here are the websites mentioned by Dr Greger:



Then, some very simple yet powerful advice to improve your love relationship from John Gottman, one of the best known experts in the field of relationship psychology, He says 2 little things will make all the difference in the world. Listen to discover what they are.

Plus, do you ever wish you were more courageous? Are there things you haven’t done because you lacked the courage to do them? Speaker and consultant Bill Treasurer author of the book Courage Goes to Work ( will help you realize you probably have more courage than you think and how to become more courageous in spite of the fear you face. 

Jan 04, 2018
Great Ways to Save Money in 2018 & Why You Feel Embarrassment – and How Not To

I love strawberries. But I hate how they go moldy so fast. Well, there is a way to make them last longer – and that is just one of the great life hacks I have for you to begin this episode.

Then, if you want to save money, the people at Consumer Reports are experts. Senior Editor Tobie Stanger joins me with some simple but powerful ways to keep more of your own money in your own pocket.

Also, if you have trouble sleeping and counting sheep doesn’t work, there are other, far more effective ways to lull yourself to sleep. I’ll reveal some easy, proven ways.

Then, why do we feel embarrassment? In those moments when you think you’ve made a huge embarrassing blunder – what do other people actually think? Probably not what you think they think. Embarrassment expert David Allyn, author of the book, I Can’t Believe I Just Did That ( offers some valuable insight into embarrassment and how NOT to feel so bad when you screw up.  

Jan 01, 2018
Best of Something You Should Know 2017 Vol-2

Here is the second of our two, year-end episodes that look back at some of the most fascinating people and topics of the year. I know you’ll enjoy these excerpts and below are the links to the original episodes from which these segments are taken so you can listen to the complete interviews if you wish.

I’ll be back next week with all new episodes to usher in 2018.

Thank you for your support this past year.

Happy New Year!

Topics and Links in this Episode

The Two Ways People Get Rich with Matthew Schiff Podcast Episode 79.

Exactly What to Say to Get What You Want with Phil Jones. Episode 100

Simple Strategies for a Fabulous Relationship with Arielle Ford. Episode 112

What Your Dog is Really Thinking with Camilla Gray-Nelson. Podcast Episode 51.

Dec 28, 2017
Best of Something You Should Know 2017 - Vol 1

As 2017 draws to a close, this is the first of two, year-end episodes that look back at some of the most fascinating people and topics of the year. Below are the links to the original episodes from which these excerpts are taken so you can listen to the complete interviews if you wish.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Topics and Links in this Episode

How to Think Smarter with Dr. Art Markman. Podcast Episode 46.

The Power of Magical Thinking with Matthew Hutson Podcast Episode 51.

How Social Media Does & Doesn’t Work with Ed Keller. Podcast Episode 65.

How to Daydream, Distract and Doodle Your Way to Success with Srini Pollay, M.D. Podcast Episode 66

Dec 25, 2017
Amazing Ways Genes Affect Your Behavior & The Serious Consequences of Not Asking For What You Want

Do you keep stuff? You know, things from your past that you have a hard time giving up even though you don’t use them anymore? This episode begins with some interesting advice on what to keep and what to toss or give away.

You probably know that your genes influence things your eye color or hair color. But did you know that your genes also influence your behavior? Jay Phelan, an evolutionary biologist at UCLA and author of the book, Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food, Taming Our Primal Instincts, explains how your genes make you want to do things that are often not good for you (like overeat or drink too much). However, there are strategies you can use to help prevent your genes from leading you astray.

Have you ever avoided asking someone for something – like for a raise or for a date? Asking can be hard but in many cases, if you don’t ask you don’t get. Linda Babcock, Walton Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon and author of the book, Women Don’t Ask ( offers advice on ways to ask that make it easier – so you don’t feel so uncomfortable. Because the more you ask, the more you get.

You probably never knew this but there is a simple trick that makes anything taste better. Whether it is a meal you cook or candy bar you get at the store, this one little trick improves the taste and it amazingly simple. I’ll explain what it is.

Dec 21, 2017
How to Make or Break Any Habit Successfully & How to Calm Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent

You can manipulate your brain to change your mood. How? Biofeedback. For example, when you are happy you smile. But it also works in reverse - if you smile, that makes you happy. And there are other ways I’ll discuss that you can improve your mood by doing very simple things. It’s fascinating.

Then, have you ever wanted to create a new habit or break an old one? Charles Duhigg author of the book The Power of Habit ( joins me to discuss the science of habits. He offers some great techniques to start new habits and explains why you should never really try to “break” a habit. There is something else you should do instead.  

Did you know you have more than five senses? For example, when you move your foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal when you drive, you are using another sense that allows you to find those pedals without looking or using any other of your five senses. I’ll explain what it is and what it is called.

There is real power in calming down. That’s according to Gyatri Devi, M.D., author of the book, A Calm Brain: How to Relax Into a Stress-Free, High-Powered Life ( Because our brains are always active – checking texts and emails and rushing around, we don’t have the d"own time" we need that allows the brain to perform at its best. Dr Devi has some ways to do that and she reveals the amazing benefits of a calm brain. 

Dec 18, 2017
The Secret to Achieving Any Goal & Why We Love the Same Christmas Songs Year After Year

It is called the “helper’s high.” It’s that feeling you get when you do something nice for someone else. It isn’t only a theory, there is solid evidence that doing the smallest thing for someone else is good for you. I’ll explore that as we begin this episode of the podcast.

Achieving any goal can be tough, whether it is a New Year’s resolution or some other important goal you want to accomplish. But there is a little secret that makes achieving any goal more likely. Matthew Ferry, a top executive coach for 20+ years and author of the forthcoming book, Quiet Mind, Epic Life (due in 2018) explains how he gets people to achieve their wildest dreams. And it turns out to be pretty simple.

Is there a laser pointer in your house? Sure it is fun to watch your cat chase the light – and there are even toy lasers for kids. But are they safe? Could it damage someone’s eyesight if you point it at them?  Interestingly there has been a case of that happening – but only one. And there are millions of laser pointers. So what’s the deal? The answer is in this episode.

Have you ever wondered why there are hardly any new Christmas songs? Why do we listen to the same old songs every year? Ronald Lankford, scholar and author of the book, Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights ( ) reveals why some Christmas songs are popular for decades and why we love those songs so much. 

Dec 14, 2017
How to Make Your Point So People Get It & Dealing with the Growing Entitlement Mentality

Does love at first sight exist? Many experts say no but many people claim to have experienced it. So what’s the truth? We begin this episode by looking at this intriguing phenomenon.

Then, whenever you speak, you should have a point. And not only should you have a point but you must make sure the person listening gets your point. Communications trainer Joel Schwartzberg, author of the book, Get to The Point: Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter ( explains that too often people don’t know what their point is. And even when they do, they don’t make it clear to the listener. In this discussion Joel reveals how to make your point crystal clear.

 Then, the Navy Seals have something called the “40% Rule.” It has to do with human potential. When I first read it a while ago, I cut out the article and always remembered it during those teams when I needed to get more out of myself. I think you’ll find it useful in your life as well.

Are today’s kids and young adults too entitled? Do they think the world owes them something? Well, certainly not all of them think that but there does seem to be a growing entitlement mentality in our culture. So where did it come from? According to psychologist Michael Wetter, it is primarily a parenting problem. Parents want to protect their children and keep them happy but the unintended consequence is that kids are not prepared for the real world. Dr. Wetter is author of the book Earn It!: What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention ( and he offers some great advice and insight to deal with this problem.  

Dec 11, 2017
Proven Ways to Be Instantly Happier Forever & Things About Christmas You Never Knew

How’s your driving? Sure you know you are a good driver but what do other drivers think? This episode starts with a slightly unusual driver’s test.

Then, you know those people who are always so happy? Is it hard work to be that happy or does it just come naturally? David Niven author of several books on happiness including 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People (, explores the science of happiness and offers amazingly simple strategies to make you and those around you a lot happier.

Also, there are four questions you should ask on a first date to see if you should bother with a second date. I’ll tell you what those questions are.

Plus, you are about to learn things about Christmas you never knew. Why do we celebrate this holiday the way we do, where did it really come from who is responsible for the way we view all things that are Christmas? Bruce Forbes is a professor of religious studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and author of the book Christmas: A Candid History ( explains some of the fascinating facts behind Christmas and why he believes there are actually 2 Christmases – the religious one and the cultural one. And his explanation is fascinating. 

Dec 07, 2017
When Knowing Nothing Actually Gives You an Advantage & The Proven Way to Live a Long, Long Life

I bet you have Googled medical symptoms you are experiencing. Everyone does. But the information you get can be contradictory and often times inaccurate. However, there is a place to go online that has accurate information and you’ve probably never heard of it before. We start this episode with that.

Then, conventional wisdom is that having experience is always better than being a beginner. Well, not so fast. It turns out that starting at something as a newbie gives you a real advantage if you do it right according to Liz Wiseman, who is a researcher, adviser and teacher and has been ranked as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. Liz is also author of the book, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work ( For anyone fearful of having to start a new job or career or a new anything, you need to hear what Liz has to say. 

Also, is there really a “Fountain of Youth?” There's something pretty close according to cardiologist Dr. John Day, author of the book, The Longevity Plan ( There is a village in a remote part of China where the people who live there live a very long time and never suffer from heart disease, diabetes or obesity. What is it these people know and do that allows them such a long life? We unravel the mystery with Dr Day.

Plus, how often have you apologized for something unnecessarily? We all do it: Someone steps on your foot and you say, “I’m sorry.” Why? It wasn’t your fault. Interestingly, successful people apologize less because over-apologizing weakens your message and tends to make you less competent. We explore that in this episode of the program. 

Dec 04, 2017
What Every Perfectionist Needs to Know & How to Increase Your Fitness Level Fast

Grandma was right! I start this episode by looking at some old home remedies that actually work for when you get sick. And you just might be surprised which ones they are.

Also, if you or someone you know is a perfectionist, that is a heavy burden. It is hard to be perfect in an imperfect world. Clinical psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is an expert on this and author of the book, Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love ( She reveals where perfectionism comes from, why it is a problem and what you can do about it.

Then, anyone who is going to go in for surgery needs to take something with them. I’ll tell you what it is that will make you feel better, reduce the pain and lower your blood pressure – and all you have to do is listen!

And who doesn’t want to be more fit? But there are a lot of myths about fitness and what does and doesn’t work to get you in shape. Award winning journalist Robert J. Davis author of the book Fitter Faster ( helps separate the truth from fiction and has some simple strategies that will improve your fitness level quickly.

Nov 30, 2017
Why It is So Hard For People to Admit When They’re Wrong & The Real Way You Get Promoted at Work

Everyone with a cellphone has dropped it. So why is it when it falls to the ground, it always seems to land screen-side down? I’ll explain the science behind it.

Then, human beings have a hard time admitting when they are wrong or that they believe something that isn’t true. Psychologist Carol Tavris, author of the book Mistakes Were Made but Not By Me ( explores this phenomenon and explains how it causes a lot of problems in relationships and what we can do about it.

Some people are really good at choosing just the right holiday gift for people while others of us are not. Buying the wrong gift can send the wrong message and land you in trouble. If you are “gift-giving challenged, you’ll want to hear this list of gifts you should never buy anyone.

And if you think hard work and dedication are the things that will get you promoted at work, you are wrong. Sure, they are important but moving up requires more than competence, it requires understanding how the game is played. Patty Azzarello, author of the book, Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life ( explains what matters and what doesn’t when it comes to getting ahead on the job.

Nov 27, 2017
Why Those Special Moments in Your Life Are So Special & The 5 Numbers You Must Know to Stay Healthy

Every parent wants to have a positive influence on their child. But what are the experiences and messages kids take away with them when they finally leave the nest? How have mom and dad left their mark? This episodes starts by answering those questions - and you may be surprised.

Then, you are really going to enjoy my discussion with Dan Heath about what makes those special, memorable moments in your life so special. Dan and his brother Chip are authors of the book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact ( Dan shares his explanation of why some moments are so important and reveals how to construct more of them in your life and the many benefits of doing so.

Also, most managers have at least some understanding of how important it is to praise their employees for a job well done. But just how important is it really? If you are a manager you should hear this and if you work for a manager, you should play this episode for him or her.

And we simply must do something about heart disease. It is the #1 killer and yet it is virtually all preventable. Cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy, author of The Heart Health Bible ( explains what it means to have heart disease (it is more than just having a heart attack) and reveals the five numbers you – and everyone else - need to know that will help make you bullet proof to the devastating effects of heart disease.  

And you'll hear me talk about the wonderful work of Barbara & Joe Saltzman of the Jester & Pharley Phund. The website is

Nov 23, 2017
The Amazing Benefits of Showing Appreciation & Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs You Probably Never Heard

You are as healthy as you think you are. This episode starts with a look at some fascinating research that says you are about as healthy as you believe. So can you think your way to good health? Let’s find out.

Then I explore the amazing power of appreciation with Noelle Nelson, psychologist and author of several books on the subject including, The Power of Appreciation ( I turns out that when you are more appreciative, good things happen to you both mentally and physically. You’ll appreciate hearing what she has to say so that you can start appreciating more!

Also, would you know it if a pickpocket tried to lift your wallet out of your pocket? You’d like to think you’d feel but you probably wouldn’t. So discover how to protect yourself from a pickpocket because there are a lot of them out there looking for people who don’t know how they operate.

And what are the traits of a successful entrepreneur? Michael Sonnenfeldt knows. Michael is a serial entrepreneur who founded Tiger 21, a networking group of “high net worth” entrepreneurs and he is author of the book, Think Bigger (and 39 other winning strategies from successful entrepreneurs) ( Michael discusses what separates great entrepreneurs from the not-so-great ones and offers some easy to follow advice for anyone who wants to up their entrepreneurial game. 

Nov 20, 2017
Understanding the Flow of Time and How You Perceive It & How to Make Parenting Easier

When you talk to your partner, there is something you do – or don’t do, that can predict with amazing accuracy whether or not your relationship will survive and thrive or crash and burn. I start this episode with an explanation of what that is exactly.

Then, time is constant but we all experience time differently in different situations. Marnie Makridakis author of the book, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life ( reveals how to improve the way you experience the passing of time. She also explains how you can make time – or at least the way you perceive it – either speed up or slow down.

Also, you know you should drink a lot of water but you may not know all the reasons why. When you hear them, you may just want to go get yourself some water.

Plus, no one ever said parenting was easy. Psychologist Wes Crenshaw author of the book, Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens ( offers some straight forward, down-to-earth advice for parents to be more effective parents and to make the process of parenting simpler.

Nov 16, 2017
How to NOT Be Offended By Things and People You Don’t Agree With & When Owning a Home is Not Always Better Than Renting

You have to have experience to advance in any profession – or do you? Experience is good but in many cases being a rookie is even better. I’ll explain why in the first segment of this episode.

Then, have we gotten too sensitive and too politically correct? A lot of people think so, including Larry Winget. Larry has been called the “Pitbull of personal development.” He has spoken to over 400 of the Fortune 500 companies and hosted the A&E TV series “Big Spender” and has authored six best-selling books. His latest book is called,  What’s Wrong with Damn Near Everything ( Larry offers his no-nonsense view of finding happiness and success while not getting outraged and offended by things you don’t agree with.

Then, there are some common American behaviors that can get you branded as a "loud obnoxious American tourist" in other countries. I’ll explain what they are and how to avoid them when you travel abroad.

finally, conventional wisdom has always been that it is better to own a home rather than rent. But today, that isn’t always true. Jane Hodges, author of the book Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice ( She explains why owning is best for some and renting is best for others. A lot of it has to do with how old you are, where you are in your life and career and how much money you have.

Nov 13, 2017
Home Remedies Proven by Science to Work & How to Give a Killer Presentation Every Time

The holiday season is upon us! And if the holidays stress you out, you are in excellent company. I’ll explain who else finds the holidays stressful and why.

Also, we take a look at home remedies that REALLY work. Pharmacologist Joe Graedon, founder of the and author of the book, The People’s Pharmacy ( has been researching home remedies for a few decades now – figuring out what works and why. He joins me with some fascinating intel on home remedies and other medications that will surprise you and could save your life.

One day you WILL have to speak in front of people. Whether it’s a presentation at work or a speech in front of a large group, there are things you can do to make it easier and far more effective. It’s all in the preparation – but it has to be the right kind of preparation. Public speaking expert and coach Darlene Price, author of the book, Well Said: Presentations and Conversations that Get Results (, joins me with some powerful advice.

Plus, you probably think you can “catch up” on your sleep by sleeping in on the weekends. If so, think again. If you are sleep deprived, there is a better way to fix your sleep – and it doesn’t have to do with how many hours you sleep – rather, it’s about HOW you sleep.

Nov 09, 2017
The Fascinating Difference Between Reality and Your Perception & Why You Have More Resilience Than You Think

When you are playing a game, should you let your child win? It’s a question every adult asks themselves. If you beat them will it hurt their self-esteem? Listen and hear some interesting thoughts on that question.

Also, how you see the world has a lot to do with your perception. How you interpret events is unique and different from everyone else. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, author of the book, Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain’s Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception and Self-Deception (  explains how you can control, alter and improve your perception to help you see the world as it really is.

Plus, could you be doing things that cause people to NOT like you? There are several behaviors, including a few you may be doing on Facebook, that can be real turn-offs to others.

And how resilient are you? Probably a lot more resilient than you think you are. Andrew Zolli, author of the book, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back ( explores how resilience works and what allows most of us to bounce back – but others to stay stuck.

Nov 06, 2017
How to Learn Anything Better and Faster & Are People Inherently Good or Evil?

Have you ever heard of misaphonia? It’s a real thing. If you have it, that means that certain sounds – like someone chewing their food with their mouth open or slurping their soup - drive you crazy. But people who have misaphonia also have something else going for them that is actually pretty good. I’ll explain what that is.

Then, have you ever wanted to learn something new like a foreign language or a musical instrument? But maybe you didn’t bother because it would just take too long to get proficient at it. Well, maybe according to Josh Kaufman, author of the book The First 20 Hours ( According to Josh, what you do in those early hours of learning can really accelerate you learning curve.

Also, if you ever stay at hotels you need to be aware of a scam that is amazingly easy to fall for if you don’t know what it is. So, I’ll fill you in.

Are people inherently good – or not? That is a question that has been debated by philosophers for centuries. And it is something explored in the book, The Fear Factor ( Researcher Abigail March is the author and she is also an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgetown University. She explores what makes some of us altruistic and others callous and uncaring. It’s a fascinating discussion with a silver lining.

Nov 02, 2017
Is There Life After Death? & Why Procrastinators Shouldn’t Try to Change

I suspect we all mispronounce words from time to time. Either we learned them wrong or we get lazy. I know I usually pronounce affidavit as if it has a D on the end instead of a t because it is just easier. It’s wrong but it is easier. We start today’s episode by looking at some commonly mispronounced words because some people will judge you harshly when you mispronounce words.

Then, what happens when you die? Of course we don’t know for sure – or do we? Dr. Mary Neal is a medical doctor who drowned in a kayaking accident in Chile several years ago. She was dead for 30 minutes. But she came back. Wait until you hear the story she tells of her experience of dying and returning to tell the tale. Dr. Neal is the author of the N.Y. Times best-selling book To Heaven and Back ( .

If you are a wine drinker, you have no doubt gone to take a sip only to see a fruit fly swimming in your glass. Should you toss out the fly and drink the wine or start all over? There is a little science you need to hear.

And why are procrastinators made to feel bad that they always wait until the last minute to accomplish a task? What does it matter as long as it gets done? According to clinical psychologist Dr. Mary Lamia, author of the book, What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, and Success ( procrastinators should stop feeling bad and stop trying to change. First of all it is almost impossible to change and secondly, there is no reason to. And she explains all of that in today’s episode.

Oct 30, 2017
Life Lessons Worth Hearing from a Decorated Navy Seal & How to Ace Your Next Job Interview

44% of Americans believe red cars cost more to insure. It is just one of many misconceptions about auto insurance people tend to believe. Listen as I explain these myths and reveal why it is important to know them because there is a good chance you believe at least one.

Then, listen to Admiral William McRaven. A 37-year Navy Seal, Admiral McRaven delivered the commencement speech at the University of Texas in 2014. The video went viral and has now been seen by millions. Admiral McRaven is the author of the book Make Your Bed ( which explains some important life lessons he gave in that speech– and he explains some of them with me in this episode.

Also, it is fairly well accepted that eating food late at night can lead to weight gain. But is it really true? Wait until you hear the facts.

And going on job interviews can be stressful and nerve-racking. But understanding the process and how to prepare can make it easier and improve your chances of actually getting the job! Vicky Oliver author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions ( reveals what job interviewers are looking for, what they are likely to ask, how they try to trip you up – and more.

Oct 26, 2017
How You Decide What and How Much To Eat & Using Your Imagination for a Better Life

When you see people do embarrassing things, it is sometimes hard not to laugh or judge. But interestingly, you probably do the same or similar things that are just as embarrassing. I’ll explain how I know that.

Also, could the size and color of your plate affect how much you eat? Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Food & Brand Lab at Cornell University and author of the book, Mindless Eating ( offers some fascinating research that shows the different things that impact our food choices.

Plus, we take a look at your imagination. Your imagination can run wild and create problems for you or you can use it to create a better life for yourself. James Mapes, researcher, speaker and author of the book Imagine That ( helps you understand what your imagination is and how to use it to your advantage.

Have you heard the advice that it is better to spend money on experiences than on material things? While there may be some wisdom in that, it isn’t always true. I’ll explain why.

Oct 23, 2017
Bill Gates’ Cyber Security Expert Explains How to Stay Safe Online & Mastering the Art of the Pitch

How do you stand out in a crowd? It turns out that the people in a crowd who you notice first are usually doing something with their mouth. You can do it too. I’ll tell you how.

Then, everyone must be vigilant in order to stay safe online. And one person who knows a lot about that is Dr. Eric Cole. He served as Commissioner on Cyber Security for President Obama, he’s advised the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the FBI. Eric is also personal network security agent for Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his family. He is the CEO of Secure Anchor Consulting and author of the forthcoming book, Online Danger ( You will want to hear what he has to say.

Also, everyone knows you should rinse produce before you eat it. What they don't know is - for how long? If you really want to get the bacteria and pesticides off, those few quick seconds under the tap are not helping much at all. I’ll explain how you should do it.

And if you want to be persuasive, you have to master your “pitch.” Whether it’s getting a table at the restaurant or a better seat on an airplane or just getting your kids to do what you ask – it’s all in the pitch. And to discuss how to sharpen you pitch is Anthony Sullivan. You know Anthony from TV – “Hi, it’s Anthony Sullivan for Oxi-Clean…”

Anthony has written a book called You Get What You Pitch ( and he has some great advice to be more persuasive.

Oct 19, 2017
The Best of Something You Should Know, Episodes 1-70. Moments You May Have Missed

Since this is episode 113, and since the audience for this podcast has grown so large over the past several months, it occurred to me that many listeners haven’t heard many of the earlier episodes. So, for this episode, I went through the first 70 episodes and picked out some of the best, most interesting moments. Then if any of those moments sound intriguing, I have put the links below to the original episodes if you would like to hear the entire episode.


Topics & Links in This Episode

Physical Intelligence with Thalma Lobel. Podcast Episode 69

Life Hacks with David Pogue Podcast Episode 13

Safety Rules with Tracey Brown Podcast Episode 23

Smart Machine with John Markoff Episode 37

Selling Your Stuff with Aaron Lapedis Episode 58

The Risks in Life with Amram Shapiro Episode 43

Exercise Myths with Gretchen Reynolds Episode 52

Oct 16, 2017
Simple Strategies for a Fabulous Relationship & How to Develop Mental Toughness to Handle Hard Times

While it is hard NOT to get angry sometimes, anger can take a toll on your health and lifespan. I’ll discuss some research that explains what is and isn’t worth getting angry about.

Then, what does it take to have a happy relationship? You are going to hear some of the simplest, smartest and easiest advice to follow that can instantly start to transform your relationship. And it comes from Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret ( Her website is

Also, you’ll learn about phubbing – or maybe it is spelled pphubbing. Anyway, it’s how your cellphone can mess up your relationship and it affects a lot of people - maybe even you.

And what makes some people mentally tougher than others. Psychotherapist Amy Morin, a columnist for Forbesand Psychology Today has had to learn the hard way. She went through some difficult times where mental toughness was a requirement. She is author of the book The 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do ( and she has some terrific insight into how to handle the inevitable tough times that life dishes out.

Both guests in this episode have audio books available at Audible. For your free audio book and 30-day free trial, click here or go to

Oct 12, 2017
How to Be More Likeable & How to Be a Better Food Shopper

Remember Doc & Marty's time machine in Back to the Future? It was made out of a DeLorean. And one of the cool things about the DeLorean was how the doors opened up. But you hardly ever see those doors on other cars despite their coolness. Why? I’ll explain.

Then, would you like to be more likable? Speaker and coach Michelle Tillis Lederman is author of the book The 11 Laws of Likability( She explains what makes someone likable and how anyone can improve their likability.

Also, if you are planning to travel during the holidays this year, it is time to start making those plans a reality. I'll explain why waiting will cost you money.

And, would you consider yourself a savvy food shopper?  The problem is that food companies make a big effort to get you to buy foods that may not be as good for you as you think. Registered dietician Susan Burke March, author of the book Making Weight Control Second Nature ( has some excellent and practical advice for making healthy food choices in the store. She explains why a lot of the overweight and obesity problem we have today is because of poor choices in the supermarket. And she joins me to help fix that.

Oct 09, 2017
The Best Way to Achieve Any Goal & How the American Love Affair with the Automobile is Changing

When you order a drink in a restaurant, whether it is iced tea, water or a cocktail, there is often a little piece of lemon or some other fruit dangling on the rim. After you hear what I am about to tell you, you will probably will never want to squeeze and toss that fruit in your drink again.

Then, the art of setting and achieving goals. There is a lot of science here that can really help anyone succeed. Dr Heidi Grant Halverson, Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University, and author of several best-selling books including Succeed – How We Can Reach our Goals (  explains what works and what doesn’t work if you have a goal you really want to accomplish.

Do you worry about elevators when you ride them? What if they fall – would you survive? Well, you need to hear the facts about elevator safety when compared to stairs and escalators.

Plus, Americans have long had a love affair with the automobile. But could things be changing? Owning a nice car isn’t necessarily the status symbol it once was – at least as far as younger people are concerned. Anne Fernandez, co-author of the book, Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives (  has taken a long hard look at the American car culture and you’ll be fascinated by what she has discovered.

Oct 05, 2017
Alan Alda’s Advice on Communicating and Relating to Others & How to Fight Off Feelings of Loneliness

The sugar you eat, the video games you play, the TV you watch and the music you play can all have an important impact on your brain function. I start this episode by explaining the science of how these things affect your brain power.

Then, I’m sure you know Alan Alda from his years on M*A*S*H, The West Wing and countless other television shows and movies. What you may not know is that Alan Alda is also an expert on personal communication. He joins me in this episode to discuss the science and art of communication which is also the subject of his new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? (

Also, when you touch someone who has remarkably soft skin – it may all be an illusion. In fact it may just be evolution playing a little trick on you. Listen as I explore this.

And loneliness is a big problem in the U.S. and all over the world. Marriage and family counselor, Dr. Pat Love co-author of the book Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation and a Life Unfilled( joins me. Dr. Love explains how you don’t have to be alone to feel loneliness and why loneliness is such a painful feeling. Then she offers advice to feel more connected.

Oct 02, 2017
The Fascinating Stories Behind Your Favorite Toys & The Secrets to a Long Life

It’s easy to order pizza online – but should you? It turns out that ordering pizza (or any take out food) over the phone rather than online may be better for your waistline. How can that be? I’ll explain in this episode.

I love classic toys and with the holiday season around the corner, this is a great time to reminisce about some favorite old toys. Not only do they bring better great memories, they often have great backstories. For instance, did you know Mr. Potato Head was actually quite controversial when he came out in 1964. Before they were toys, Slinky and Silly Putty were actually part of the World War II war effort and then evolved into toys. If you like classic toys, you will love my conversation with Tim Walsh author of a beautiful coffee table book called Timeless Toys(

With all the health advice available today, you would think we would all be healthier, slimmer and more fit than anyone in history. But of course, that’s not the case. Much of the information we get is confusing and contradictory. So Professor Merlin Thomas took a deep dive into the research to find out what is true, what isn’t and what the best health advice is to follow. He joins me in this episode to reveal what he discovered. Professor Thomas is a physician and author of the book, The Longevity List (

Also, you know how handy that clingy, plastic wrap can be in the kitchen – except when it doesn’t cling and when it gets all tangled up. While I don’t normally do kitchen tips, this piece of wisdom is going to save you so much time and frustration in the kitchen that is well worth sharing.

Sep 28, 2017
How to Perform Better When the Pressure is On & Where Germs are Lurking and How to Protect Yourself

What makes a man attractive to a woman? Obviously it depends on the people and a lot of other individual factors. However, evolution plays a role in this and I’ll explain why the color red and the size of one of a man’s fingers can actually make him more appealing to women.

Then, we explore the problem many of us have – performing under pressure. Why do some people crumble while others excel when the stakes are high? To offer some insight into that is Paul Sullivan. Paul writes the “Wealth Matters” column for the New York Times and he’s author of the book, Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t ( If you would like to know how improve your performance in the clutch, you will want to hear what Paul has to say.

Then, with cold and flu season coming, we all need to protect ourselves against germs. And no one knows more about how to do that than Allison Janse. She and Dr. Charles Gerba (aka “Dr Germ”) are authors of The Germ Freaks Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu ( Allison joins me to explain where germs are lurking, how to protect yourself and how not to get too freaked out by it all.

And the next time you get stressed out, grab some chewing gum. How can it help de-stress you? I’ll explain in this episode.

Sep 25, 2017
How Did Google Become So Powerful and Finding Success When You Are Not an Extrovert

Itching. Just the mention of it probably makes you itch – and you REALLY want to scratch that itch, don't you? But why? Why do itch and why does it feel so good to scratch it? Find out in today’s episode.

Then, you probably have been or will be on the Google website today, or use Google Docs or YouTube or some other Google product. Why is Google so successful? Why have they grown so big, so quickly? Someone who has attempted to find those answers is Ken Auletta, media critic for The New Yorker and author of the book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It ( Listen as Ken explains just how Google became such a big part of all of our lives.

Also, most people probably believe that sex can cause a heart attack. Maybe you’ve wondered about it yourself. But what does the science say? Could the exertion of sex trigger a cardiac event – or not? You’ll find out.

A lot of the advice on success encourages people to “Get out there.” That in order to be successful, you have to mingle, shake hands, network and be social. But for many of us, that is scary, anxiety-provoking and exhausting. Morra Aarons-Mele author of the book, Hiding in the Bathroom ( explains how introverts or anyone who is socially anxious can still be successful and meet all the right people – and do it on their own terms.

Sep 21, 2017
Best Entrepreneurial Advice You’ll Ever Hear & Why We Can’t Have Civil Debates Anymore

If you have a newer car that doesn’t require a key, there’s a good chance you have – or almost have – forgotten to turn the engine off. Since you don’t have to turn the key off like in older cars, it is easy to forget. That’s creating some problems that you need to know about if you have – or plan to have a car with a keyless ignition.

Then, if there is a bit of the entrepreneurial spirit in your blood, you’ll want to hear what Ross Baird has to say. Ross is a venture capitalist who deals with and funds new entrepreneurial projects. He sees a lot of mistakes made by both investors and entrepreneurs and has some great advice for people who are serious about starting their own company – large or small. Ross is the founder and CEO of Village Capital and author of the book, The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas and What to Do About It (

Plus, did you know the best way to prevent the spread of colds and flu is to wash your hands regularly. But it turns out millions of us are not doing a correct and thorough job, which puts you at risk of getting sick. I’ll explain the science and technique of washing your hands well.

And why have political discussions gotten so ugly? In fact any discussion or debate of a controversial topic can easily deteriorate into name calling and attacks on a person’s character. People even dissolve friendships because of differences of political opinion. It didn’t used to be that way. So what changed? Deborah Tannen has studied this for a long time. She is a Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of several books including, The Argument Culture: Stopping America’s War of Words ( Listen as Deborah explains why things have gotten so nasty and what we can all do about it.

Sep 18, 2017
How Numbers Fool You All the Time & 3 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor

There are zippers all over your house - on your clothes, on your purses and backpacks. And if you look closely, some of those zippers probably have the initials YKK on them. I’ll explain how I know that and what says about that zipper.

Then, people use numbers and statistics to support their argument all the time. The weird thing is we tend to believe statistical evidence whenever someone tosses it out. But actually, we should question it closely. Why? Because so often those numbers are wrong. Charles Seife, author of the book Proofiness: How You’re Being Fooled by Numbers (, has studied how numbers are used to deceive and mislead. And he explains how to detect bogus numbers when you hear them.

When you take a multiple choice test – like for your driver’s license – have you ever heard that it is best to go with your gut instinct? Or go with your first answer? It’s common advice but is it good advice? I’ll explain what the research says.

And before you go to the doctor again, there are some things you need to hear first from Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright. She is a physician and author of the book Back to Balance: The Art, Science and Business of Medicine ( She offers some excellent ways to navigate the health care system and deal with your doctor to help make sure you have better health outcomes. 

Sep 14, 2017
How NOT to Be Stupid Ever Again & What’s Really In Your Personal Care Products

Why are there no male waiters at Hooters? Why are there no male Rockettes? Isn’t that discrimination? Actually, the law allows it and I’ll explain how and why.

Then, if you don’t want to do stupid things you need to hear what Adam Robinson has to say. Adam is one of the co-founders of the Princeton Review and is now a top financial adviser. I watched a Power Point presentation he created about, “How Not to be Stupid” so I asked him to explain it to you. In essence, we do stupid things when one or more of seven factors are present. Listen to hear what they are and you’ll do far fewer stupid things in the future - maybe never again! BTW, you can find Adam on Twitter - @IAmAdamRobinson.

Also, it turns out that sarcasm is good for your brain. Whether you deliver it or hear it from someone else, it makes your brain work differently. It's really interesting.

Then, what about all those personal care products you use every day? Is constant exposure to moisturizers, deodorant, lipstick and other cosmetics safe? After all, the FDA monitors these things. But Alexandra Spunt, author of No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products ( says there is real concern about the ingredients in some of these products. For example, there is lead is many lipsticks. How can that be? Listen to hear just what the concerns are and how you can protect yourself.

Sep 11, 2017
Why Your Perceptions Often Deceive You & How Smart People Fall Victim to Fraud

Have you ever put your car in “Drive” while it is still rolling backwards a little bit? People do it all the time – yet it is terrible for your car. I’ll explore this and several other things drivers do that can ruin their car and hurt the value.

Then, a look at how your own perceptions often deceive you. For example, would you notice something unusual if it popped out in front of you? You would think so. But it turns out you are not as observant as you think you are.  Daniel Simons author of the book, The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us (  explains why you completely miss much of what you think you see and how those distorted perceptions can cause you trouble.

Also, why do people get goose bumps? Does it serve some sort of evolutionary purpose? The answer will surprise you.

It isn’t just the elderly or dumb or greedy people who fall victim to fraud. A lot of smart people get taken too.  Financial crime expert Jeffrey Robinson, author of the book, There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute ( explains how big a problem fraud is, how enticing fraudsters make it all seem and how to make sure you do NOT become a victim.

Sep 07, 2017
A Closer Look at Your Personality & Why You "Click" with Some People and What it Means

You probably assume that in almost any situation, a face-to-face meeting is always better than a phone call or email or text. And certainly if you are inviting someone on a date, you would think face-to-face is the way to go. But is it? Could technology improve your odds of success over old-fashioned face-to-face? I think you’ll find this interesting.

Plus, your personality is what makes you – you. But where did it come from? Can you improve your personality? Professor Brian Little, author of the book, Who Are You, Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality ( ) examines why you are who you are and how much of your personality is changeable and how much is set in stone.

Then, if you think someone is lying to you, there are a few words and phrases to look out for. Liars tend to use certain language that can help you determine if they are being truthful or not.

Also, have you ever just clicked with someone? You know that feeling of instant connection? It can happen in a romantic way but also happens platonically and with people at work. Ori Brafman, author of the book Click ( ) has studied this phenomenon and believes strongly that these relationships are special. Ori says we shouldn’t just brush it off as “love at first sight.” Listen and understand why these relationships are worth exploring.

Sep 04, 2017
Exactly What to Say to Get What You Want & How to Stop Being Distracted by Technology

From an early age you were told not to lie. Yet we all do it to some degree. And maybe that’s not all bad. When you look at kids who lie, the research reveals some very interesting things – and we will explore that in today’s episode.

Also, how many times have you looked back on a conversation and wish you had said something different – something brilliant? Well now you can. Listen to my guest Phil M. Jones, author of the book Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact ( Phil is one of the world’s top sales trainers and he has researched and studied what words and phrases work in what situations to help you get the outcomes you want in all areas of your life.

Plus, it is important to maintain a good credit score – but you might be surprised to learn what things do and don’t affect it. I’ll explore that as well.

And, do you know what “cyber overload” is? It’s being so distracted by all your devices that you can’t focus on what’s important. It is a huge problem and it leaves many of frustrated that we can’t get things done because of all the disruption from technology. Joanne Cantor, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and author of the book Conquering Cyber Overload ( reveals the toll this problem is taking and what we can all do to stop being controlled by technology.

Aug 31, 2017
A Proven Secret to Success You Never Knew & Being Happy Even If Your Home Isn't "Martha Stewart Perfect"

Do you swear? Sometimes – at least for some of us – it is hard NOT to. And it just may be appropriate when you are in pain. Some fascinating research offers some real benefits of profanity - when used sparingly.

Also, there is an interesting phenomenon in sports – and that is, how some teams dominate a sport for several years. They become a dynasty. So what is it that causes that? Is it superstar players or excellent coaching? No. Those thing are important but not the differentiating factor according to Sam Walker. Sam has been an editor and sports columnist at the Wall Street Journal for 20 years and author of the book, The Captain's Class: The Hidden force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams ( Sam discovered one special element of winning teams that you will never guess. And it turns out it is applicable to teams in business and organizations as well as sports.

Plus, does it matter whether you read a book on a Kindle or some other e-reader? Does reading a real book with paper pages improve your understanding and comprehension? The answer may surprise you.

Then, is it really a good idea to have – or strive to have – the perfect home? While it might be nice to follow Martha Stewart’s example, perhaps it is impossible for most people. Weighing in on this is Lisa Quinn is a former self-described Martha Stewart impersonator who has her own TV show on The Live Well Network called Home with Lisa Quinn. She is also author of the book called Life is Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets ( She offers some relief and practical suggestions for those who would like the perfect home but find that is daunting if not impossible to maintain it. 

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Aug 28, 2017
Interview with Mark Manson author of "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" & Using Brain Science to Enhance Your Performance

Penicillin is great for treating a lot of common medical complaints. But a lot of people avoid penicillin because they believe they are allergic to it. We begin this episode by revealing why most of those people are wrong. How can that be? I’ll explain.

Then, Mark Manson, the author of the best-selling book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck ( explains how letting go of the need to be the best at everything – or even most things - can be very liberating and even beneficial. The fact is most of us are mediocre at most things we do and maybe that is okay.

Then, you already know that your mood affects how you walk. But it also turns to work the other way too -  how you walk affects your mood.

What if you could enhance your mental performance and give yourself a real advantage in everything you do? Neuroscientist Mark Fenske, author of the book, The Winner’s Brain (, explores the science behind focus, motivation and achievement and offers practical suggestions to help give yourself a mental edge. 

Aug 24, 2017
Why You Eavesdrop on People & How to Be More Creative

When you go grocery shopping you are bombarded by health claims. Food labels claim things are all-natural, organic, multi-grain and 100% this or that. But what do these claims really mean to you? You may be surprised to discover how much of it is hype and doesn’t really mean much.

Plus, do you eavesdrop? Yes, you do. Eavesdropping – that is obtaining information about people that you aren’t supposed to have – is human nature according to linguist John L. Locke, author the book Eavesdropping: An Intimate History ( Listen as John takes you on a journey through the history of eavesdropping, how every living creature (and even plants) eavesdrops and why it is necessary for survival.

Also, you know you are not supposed to talk on your phone and drive at the same time because it increases your chances of getting into a crash. But why? Is it really that hard to do those 2 things at the same time? And does using a hands-free device make it any safer?

And creativity is something that separates humans from other creatures. But why is it some people are more creative than others? Is creativity something you can develop or is it a gift given to a select few. Speaker and comedian Bob Stromberg, creator of the online course called “Mastering the Craft of Creativity” ( reveals how all of us can use our creativity better.

Aug 21, 2017
Where Your Core Beliefs Come From & The Bright Side of Failure

People generally believe attractive people are smarter than unattractive people. Why? Good question. We’ll explore that and other things that influence how you think.

Then, why is a conservative - conservative and a liberal – a liberal? Where do our core beliefs come from? And can people change our minds about them? Can we change theirs? Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptics magazine and author of the book The Moral Arc (  takes a look at why we believe what we believe and what influences those beliefs. And if you want to change someone’s mind, Michael explains strategies that work and don’t work.

Also, in the late summer, bees and wasps get particularly aggressive. I’ll explain why and what you should do so you don’t get stung.

Plus, we explore the importance of failure. Sure, failing at something really sucks but sometimes it is necessary – and it isn’t the end of the world. Megan McArdle, author of The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success ( explains why it is important to embrace failure as a process toward success. It isn’t just the old clichés of “learn from your mistakes”, failure serves a real purpose if you don’t let knock you down.

Aug 17, 2017
Fixing the Flaws in Your Thinking & How History Has Shaped Our Lives

Many grocery stores now boast that they sell “locally grown” produce. Perhaps you’ve wondered just how local is it – where does that locally grown produce come from? We begin this episode with an explanation of just how far away produce can originate and still be called – locally grown.

Then, let’s take a look at how you think. In particular, a look at the flaws in how you think. Matthew May is an innovation strategist, speaker and author of, Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking ( ) and The Elegant Solution ( , explains how we so often go wrong when we solve problems, make decisions or come up with ideas. He has tested thousands of people and found that almost all of us make some pretty common mistakes that prevent us from coming up with the right solution. And he offers simple strategies to get your thinking back on track.

Also, perhaps you’ve heard that many people now cover up their webcam with a piece of tape to prevent hackers from spying on them. Is that really necessary? I’ll explain what the experts say you should do.

And, how has history shaped our lives? Patrick Wyman, host of the Tides of History podcast discusses the importance of history in all our lives. For example, you probably didn’t know that the fall of the Roman Empire is the reason why we speak English. Listen to Patrick’s fascinating explanation. 

Aug 14, 2017
The Fascinating Math of Everyday Life & Why Diets Fail (and What Works Better)

Everyone knows that coffee can help you think and focus and can even improve your mood – especially that first cup in the morning. Years ago, coffee advertising contained the tagline… “Coffee, the THINK drink.”   But it just may be that all the research showing how good coffee and caffeine are for mental function is flawed. If you are a coffee drinker, you are going to want to hear this.

Then, we look at all the math you use in everyday life. Mathematician, Jordan Ellenberg, author of the book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking ( reveals just how important math is and how it is constantly changing. He also discusses how not to be tricked by statistics and numbers that are designed to mislead you.

People do better work when they get a reward. It applies to people at work or kids at home – and it comes as no surprise. What’s interesting is that it actually depends on the type of reward. It doesn’t have to be a big reward, it just has to be the right reward to get people to do their best work. I’ll explain.

Also, why don’t diets work? Diet books and programs are as popular as ever but we continue to get heavier. Yoni Freedhoff, M.D., author of the book The Diet Fix ( explains the reasons why your next diet is likely doomed to fail and what works better to get the weight off and keep it off. 

Aug 10, 2017
Why You Need At Least One Friend Right Now & Finding Success Without the Struggle

When you get pulled over by the police, it can be very hard to talk your way out of getting a ticket – but not impossible. This episode begins with some suggestions by a police officer of what NOT to say to a cop who pulls you over and you’ll learn why less is more when it comes to talking your way out of that ticket.

Plus, the importance of friendship.  My guest, psychologist Michael Thompson, author of the book Best Friends, Worst Enemies ( has spent decades studying friendship in children and adults. I remember him saying years ago that “Friendship is the glue of childhood.”   It may also be the glue of adulthood. Michael believes friendship is vital – but it is not so much how many friends you have but the quality of the friendships you have that really matters.

Also, have you ever eaten dried apples? They are pretty tasty but more importantly the health benefits seem to be substantial. Listen and discover what eating dried apples can do.

Then, get a better understanding of how success works from Jonathan Fields, author of the book and host of the podcast called, The Good Life Project ( ). Jonathan explains why some people struggle and never achieve their dreams while others reach their goals without the struggle. If you want to be successful in whatever you do, you should listen to what Jonathan has to say.  

Aug 07, 2017
Simple Strategies to Be Much Healthier & How to Be Happy At Work Even if You Hate Your Job

This episodes starts with a discussion about the psychological tricks grocery stores use to get you to spend more time in the store. Because the more time you spend, the more money you spend. However, when you understand what some of these tricks are, you can prevent yourself from falling victim to them and as a result, save yourself some money.

Then, there are so many simple things you can do to improve your health and add years to your life. Dr. David Agus has been on a mission to interpret medical data into easily digestible information we can all use to be healthier. Dr. Agus is a professor of engineering and medicine at the University of Southern California and author of several books including The Lucky Years ( Listen to what he has to say and start getting healthier – now.

Also, when you kiss someone you tilt your head one way or the other. Which way do you go? I’ll explain why it matters.

Plus, how happy are you at work? Apparently a huge percentage of workers are not very content with the work they do or the place where they do it. Psychologist Gayle Van Gils, author of the book, Happiness at Work ( offers some practical ways to make work a better place to be. After all, you spend a lot of time there – why not make it a pleasant experience?  

Aug 03, 2017
How to Be a Better Driver & Why We Waste 40% of Our Food

Someday you will need a plumber – and there are some things you need to understand before you that emergency comes and in fact, there are a few things you should know that may prevent that emergency from coming or at least delay it.

Most people think they are good drivers. But are they really? It depends on your definition of what a good driver is. Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do and What It Says About Us ( explores some of the problems and solutions that could all get us where we are going faster and safer.

Then, the “Illusion of Asymmetric Insight.” It’s a fancy term for how you think about other people and what you think - they think about you. When you listen, it’ll all make sense and you’ll understand why it is important.

Also, you’ve probably heard the statistic that about 40% of all food goes to waste. While we all have a part to play in fixing the problem, it turns out that government rules and regulations are actually a big part of the problem. Baylen Linnekin is a food policy lawyer, speaker and author of the book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us ( explains some of the rules about donating food, catching fish and growing your own food that cause us to waste food.

Jul 31, 2017
What It Means To Be Spiritual and the Benefits You Get & How Your Survival Instinct is Killing You

When was the last time you cleaned your credit or debit cards? Or the remote for the TV? There are a lot of things around the house you never think to clean – but you will after you hear this.

Then, how spiritual are you? Psychiatrist Dr. Anna Yusim, author of the book Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life (, discusses what it means to be spiritual and what recent scientific research says about the benefits of spirituality both for your health and happiness. 

Also, don’t you hate it when you grab a pen to write something and no ink comes out? I’ll tell you what the experts say to get the ink flowing again quickly.

And there’s a problem with your survival instinct. Dr. Marc Schoen, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine and author of the book, Your Survival Instinct is Killing You ( explains how our survival instinct was meant to keep us safe from imminent danger - like a lion who wants to eat you. But today, we don’t need it for that. Consequently, that instinct can cause problems if we don’t learn to regulate it. It can cause us to act inappropriately and can take a toll on our health. So he explains how to manage that instinct and turn down the intensity. 

Jul 27, 2017
How to Be More Persuasive & Networking Strategies That Really Work

Emails are tricky. They aren’t supposed to be too formal like a letter – or too casual like a text. How you sign off your emails has a lot to do with the overall tone. Some experts looked at the most common ways people sign off on their emails and I’ll tell you which are the preferred – and which are may be sending the wrong message.

Then, would you like to be more persuasive? Jay Heinrichs is a real expert at this, having written several books on the topic. One of those books is Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion ( Jay joins me for a lively discussion on what works –and doesn’t work in persuading other people to understand your point of view.

Also, when you have to shut down your Wi-Fi or other device, the advice is often to leave it off for 30 seconds or so before restarting. What’s the reason? And do you really have to?

And, we take a look at the practice of networking. We have all been told how important it is to get out there and meet people because, well, it can lead to something. But often it only seems to lead to a big pile of business cards and not much else. Larry Mohl, former Chief Learning Officer for Motorola Cellular and American Express and is author of the book Networking is Dead ( , explains how traditional networking doesn’t usually work – and he offers some more efficient and effective ways to connect with people who can help you. 

Jul 24, 2017
What’s Wrong with Boys? & How Smart Companies Treat Their Workers

You’ve probably wondered whether it is more efficient to turn off a light or your computer when you are not using it – or just leave it on. Well, I will have the “electrical efficiency answer” for that question in this episode.

Then, as a father of boys, I am concerned about how views have changed when it comes to boys. Today much of what has always been standard boy behavior is now viewed as defective. That what we really need is for boys to be more like girls. But what does the science say? Michael Gurian, therapist and leading expert in this field is author of a book called, Saving Our Sons ( He joins me in this episode to discuss the future of boys – and whether they really should be more like girls.

Then, the next time you have a bowl of cereal, I want you to add something to the milk that you just may find makes the whole experience better.

And, how leaders treat the people who work for them has a big impact on how well workers perform, how well people work together and how profitable a company ultimately is. Marketing consultant and speaker, Simon Sinek, author of the book, Together is Better ( explains what happens when organizations focus on the people – rather than just the bottom line and how doing so will actually improve the bottom line virtually all the time. He also offers strategies for managers to implement some simple changes.

Jul 20, 2017
How to Tell the Truth From a Lie & How to Bounce Back From the Toughest Times in Life

Commercials will often tell you, for example, that a shampoo will make your hair 5 times “silkier.” Okay let’s think about that. How in the world do you measure how “silky” your hair is – let alone how it is now 5 times silkier than it was before? Yet it is amazing how people fall for it.

Also, how good are you at separating the truth from fiction?  Former CIA officer Michael Floyd, author of the book, Spy the Lie ( explains how the experts do it – and why it isn’t always about what the other person says – but what YOU say to THEM that will reveal the truth.

Plus, you know the green wasabi that comes with your sushi? There is a good chance it isn’t real wasabi at all. I’ll explain the wasabi story and why a lot of it is phony.

Resilience. Some people have it and some don’t. It is the ability to handle and bounce back from adversity. Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Southwick author of the book, Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges ( offers up some great ways to handle those tough times and become stronger and better as a result.

Jul 17, 2017
How to Sharpen Your Mind and Memory & How to Prevent a Machine From Taking Your Job

Are you more likely to rate a meal better if it has a mediocre appetizer, a decent main course and a spectacular dessert or the opposite - a meal that has a spectacular appetizer, decent main course and mediocre dessert? I’ll tell you the answer and why it is important.

Then, are you doing everything you can to take care of your brain? You’ve probably heard that crossword puzzles or brain teasers are supposed to keep you sharp. But does that work? Does something else work better? Michael Gelb, author of the book Brain Power ( has gone through the research and I think you’ll be fascinated by what he has to say.

Plus, you may want to steer clear of cars with bumper stickers and decals. Why? People with bumper stickers tend to have some interesting behaviors in common.

And as machines get smarter, the more people worry that their jobs will be taken over by those smart machines? What can you do to protect yourself? Tom Davenport, Professor at Babson college and author of the book Only Humans Need Apply ( assesses how big a threat machines are – and how to protect yourself from losing your job to automation or a robot.

Jul 13, 2017
Amazing Things Happen When You Go Outdoors & What to Say in an Argument (So You Don’t Regret It Later)

People in western countries smile a lot. For example, we smile at people on the street for no real reason. In many other countries, all this smiling could get you in trouble. I’ll explain.

Then, we explore the benefits of just being out in nature. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods ( and Vitamin N ( reveals the incredible – and scientifically proven – things that happen to both children and adults both physically and mentally.

Also, the power of touch is something people talk about – but what is it really? Does human touching really do anything beneficial?

And we explore the problem of what to say in an argument. Often we say the wrong thing in the heat of the moment and come to regret it. What is the right thing to say? Psychotherapist Carl Alasko, author of Say This Not That (, offers his 5 rules for arguing that you will want to remember.

Jul 10, 2017
The Hidden Realities of the Universe & Dealing With the Workplace Bully

When you have a big decision to make, all kinds of things can influence that decision. But one thing I bet you never thought of was the lighting in the room. Yet, it turns out that lighting can have a significant impact on a decision you make. I’ll explain how and what is optimal “decision making lighting.”

Then, my discussion with theoretical physicist, string theorist (and occasional guest star on “The Big Bang Theory”) Brian Greene, author of several books including, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos ( will really get you thinking about reality and the universe we live in. In fact, as Brian explains, there may be several parallel universes and alternate realities. I know, it sounds space-y but Brian explains it so well, I think you’ll be fascinated.

Also, why do people blush? Ever since grammar school, I’ve been a blusher when I have been embarrassed or made a mistake. But what does science say about WHY people blush? What good does it do?

And what is the difference between a tough boss and a bully? Workplace bullying is a real problem and it usually (but not always) comes from the boss. Tracey Jones, author of, A Message to Millennials ( reveals the seriousness of the problem and what individuals can and must do to stop the bullying.

Jul 06, 2017
A Tour to the Heart of the Internet (and Why It Smells) & Improving Your Self-Discipline to Achieve Success

Of course you know that if your hand is in water long enough, your fingertips get shriveled up and wrinkly. But wait, everything else in the world SWELLS up when it gets wet, so why do fingers do the opposite? I think you’ll find the answer quite interesting.

Also, what is the Internet – and where is the Internet? We think of the Internet as being virtual but there is a physical Internet – there has to be. Those network connections all have to connect somewhere. Journalist Andrew Blum author of the book, Tubes ( takes us all on a journey of the physical Internet – where it is, how it works and what it smells like.

Then, do you know what to do when lightning strikes? Much of what we hear isn’t true. I’ll tell you what the experts say about staying safe in a lightning storm.

And when I say “self-discipline” you probably think, “That sounds hard.” But when it comes to achieving success in anything, a little self-discipline can be a very powerful tool. Rory Vaden, author of the N.Y. Times bestseller, Take The Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving Success ( explains how self-discipline really works, how powerful it is and why there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about it. 

Jul 03, 2017
What Really Influences Why You Eat - What You Eat & How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

Okay, if you were to stand in downtown Detroit and start walking south for as long as it took, what is the first foreign country you would encounter? This is one of the fascinating questions/facts that I know you will find interesting – and might even win you a drink in a bar bet.

Then, it is so weird what things influence your opinion and enjoyment of the food you eat. You might like to think you are too smart to be fooled by things like the color of the plate, or the music being played or the weight of the silver ware. But you are. Researcher Charles Spence, author of the new book, Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating ( will amaze you with what he has discovered.

Also, celebrities claim that drinking gallons of water is what keeps them looking so youthful. But is that really true?

Plus, film director and writer Steve Stockman, author of How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck ( , offers some brilliant and simple techniques that will help you take better, more interesting  video that people will actually enjoy watching. 

Jun 29, 2017
If the Walls in Your Home Could Talk, Here’s What They’d Say & How to Win at Confrontation Every Time

Everyone knows that as you age, your mental function declines. But when does that begin? Age 40? 50? I’ll tell you what the science says.

Then, we look at the history of your home. Every room in your home has a story to tell. The bedroom is particularly fascinating and wait until you hear about your bathroom! Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments and other royal palaces in London, is author of the book, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home ( takes you on a fascinating tour of your own home – that you never knew.

Also, if you love tomato juice – good for you! If you hate it, give it another try. If you still hate it, try it again on airplane.

And if you hate confrontation – you will LOVE this. Barbara Pachter, author of the book and audio CD, The Power of Positive Confrontation ( explains how confrontation works, why it gets out of control and how to use confrontation to get what you want every time - if you do it properly. 

Jun 26, 2017
How to Live to 100 (or at Least Get Close) & How to Have More A-Ha Moments

This episode starts with 3 great tips that will help you save time and get more done from one of the world’s top productivity experts.

Then, there are 5 communities in the world – called “Blue Zones” – where the people live substantially longer and with a lot less illness than the rest of us. So what goes on in these places that drastically improves longevity? Dan Buettner, along with National Geographic, investigated this and what they found is in the book The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People ( Dan joins me to reveal what he discovered and how all of us can adopt these practices and live longer and healthier.

Also, ever have one of those days when you are just miserable and grumpy? Great! It turns out being grumpy can work to your benefit and I’ll explain how.

Plus, how do you become more insightful? We all have those magical a-ha moments where some new thought provides a solution or clarity. And it turns out when you understand the process, you can create more of those moments in your life, according to consultant Charles Kiefer, author of the book, The Art of Insight: How to Have More A-ha Moments ( Charles joins me to explain and discuss.

Jun 23, 2017
The 2 Ways People Get Rich & How to Read People Instantly
Ever have that feeling that you’re being watched? Or stared at? Do humans really have the ability to know if someone is watching them? We’ll explore that. Also, there are two ways to get rich - assuming you don’t inherit the money. Lewis Schiff, Executive Director of The Business Owners Council and author of the book Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons ( has spent a lot of time studying wealthy people and he offers some great insight into how any of us can use these same practices. Plus, there are a lot of kitchen practices people believe are helpful that just - aren’t. For example, olive oil shouldn’t be used for frying because it has a low smoke point. That is something that is widely believed – but totally false, when tested. And there are other kitchen myths I’ll discuss. And learning to read people when you meet them can help you connect better, both in business as well as socially. Paul Tieger, author of The Art of Speed Reading People ( gives some practical ways for you to get a better sense of people when you meet them so you can relate better.
Jun 19, 2017
How to Psych Yourself Up For Anything & How to Survive Family Get-Togethers
Some people love rollercoasters and scary movies – but why? What is the appeal of being scared half to death? Today, you'll find out why. Then, we’ve all been in the situation where we HAVE to perform well and because of that we lose our confidence, get nervous and catastrophize all the horrible things that could happen if we fail. Why on earth do we do that when it does nothing but makes us perform even worse? The trick is to “psych yourself up.” Daniel McGinn, senior editor at Harvard Business Review and author of the book, Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can help You Succeed ( offers some suggestions, based on research, that can help you perform better when there is a lot on the line. How many times did you hear a teacher say to never to end a sentence with a preposition? Is it really such a sin? A grammar expert explains the truth about where that rule came from and whether or not it is important to follow it. And we also look at the trouble with families. Why does it seem that when families get together, it always leads to trouble? Family therapist Eric Maisel, author of the book Overcoming Your Difficult Family ( explains why when families gather they have trouble getting along and what you can do to rise above it all and save your sanity.
Jun 15, 2017
How to Be More Popular & What's Wrong with The Science of Finding New Cures
Do people have to take off their shoes before coming into your house? In Asian cultures this is a pretty common custom – and I’ll explore all the reasons why this is a really good idea for everyone, everywhere else too. Then we’ll look at pros and cons of popularity. In high school, being popular is great – but it turns out that there are 2 types of popularity – and the one most of us think of - actually does more harm than good in the long run. Mitch Prinstein, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina and author of the book Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World ( explores both kinds of popularity and reveals whether or not it is true that popular kids “peak” in high school and have a tough time after that. Also, there is a strange connection between owning a cat and your increased risk of suicide. If you have a cat, this is worth listening to. And when scientists investigate new cures and new drugs, you probably think it is a pretty strict and efficient procedure. But it really isn’t. In fact there are all kinds of problems with the way science works to find cures and treat illness. Richard Harris, a journalist for NPR and author of the book Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hopes and Wastes Billions ( takes a peak behind the curtain at the inefficiencies of science that affects us all.
Jun 12, 2017
How Technology Affects You in Ways You Don't Know & Medical Myths You Probably Still Believe
The number of parents of who spank their kids as a means of discipline has dropped significantly over the past several decades – but some parents still do it. And in other countries, spanking is much more commonplace. But for those parents who still spank, there is a new reason to stop – and it has nothing to do with the kid – and all to do with the parent’s wellbeing. Also in this episode, just how does modern technology affect you? It’s a fascinating discussion you’ll hear when I speak with Clive Thompson, a longtime contributor to the New York Times magazine, a columnist for Wired and author of a book called, Smarter Than You Think : How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better ( Clive makes the case that despite some negative effects of technology – it is mostly a positive influence on us. But it’s complicated. Plus, I’ll have some fascinating ways to save money you probably haven’t heard before. Here’s one: Even non-members can use the pharmacy at Sam’s Club and Costco and save a lot of money. And there are several more… And what you don’t know about your health can really hurt you. Dr. Richard Besser, former chief health and medical editor for ABC News and author of the book, Tell Me the Truth Doctor ( explodes some myths and offers some important health facts you need to know to stay healthy and live a long time.
Jun 08, 2017
What It REALLY Means to Be Healthy & How to Capture Attention in a Distracted World
You know that strawberries, garlic, tomatoes and broccoli are good for you but interestingly, how you cook them can make them more – or less - healthy. I’ll explore that in this episode. Then, how well do you take care of your health and well-being? In order to really take good care of your health, you need to understand what good health looks like. Matthew Edlund, M.D. and author of the book Healthy Without Health Insurance ( offers an interesting and insightful view of your health and how to nurture it. Also, how does anyone NOT like the “Every Day Low Prices” policy at a store? It’s interesting because it seems to make all the sense in the world and yet a lot of shoppers don’t like it – and prefer a different policy instead. Plus, how do you grab and people’s attention in a world where attention spans are shrinking – drastically? Paul Hellman, author of the book, You’ve Got 8 Seconds ( explains how you can capture people’s attention and keep it by using the right techniques and strategies in today’s distracted world.
Jun 06, 2017
How to Heal Emotional Injury & How Trust Works
If you use a wire brush to clean your outdoor grill – you should stop because someone could get hurt. I’ll start this episode by explaining why. Also, we don’t hesitate to treat physical wounds – but emotional wounds are things we tend to shrug off and assume time will heal – except sometimes it doesn’t. Psychologist Guy Winch author of the book Emotional First-Aid ( explores these wounds caused by failure, guilt and rejection and how to treat them. Then, your personal and professional success depends a lot on how well people can trust you. Consultant and speaker David Horsager, author of the book The Trust Edge ( ) explains how important trust is and how to be more trustworthy. Plus, look around and you will see a lot of fashion mistakes committed by men. We’ll discuss the big ones – according to Esquire magazine.
Jun 02, 2017
How to Fix the "Dumbing Down of America" & Good News from the War on Cancer
One of the joys of summer is being able to go barefoot – as long as you are careful. But of course many business establishments won’t allow you inside because, they say, it is against the law or it violates health regulations if they let you in without shoes. . And that is completely false. Going barefoot is illegal NOWHERE in the U.S. Also, we hear a lot about the “dumbing down” of society. Are people today more interested in the Kardashians than they are in the real important events of the day? Attorney Lisa Bloom, author of the book THINK! Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World ( ) is sure of it. She offers some startling facts about what people DON’T know that they really should know. And she has some advice – especially for parents – on how to reverse this dumbing down trend. Then, no one wants to talk about cancer. But what if I told you there is some really good news in the war on cancer? Robin Hesketh is a research scientist and lecturer from the University of Oxford and author of the book, Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer ( Listen to my discussion with Robin and discover the promising science and the advancements made that is making a cancer diagnosis a little less frightening. Finally, we live in a noisy world. And the problem is that all that noise isn’t just annoying it is also making you fatter, less productive, and more forgetful. Why and what to do about it in today's episode.
May 30, 2017
How Complaining Makes You Stupid and Unsuccessful & Sugar and Your Health
It’s the weirdest thing – but when you make typos in your emails it does a couple of unusual things that can really influence what the reader thinks of what you wrote – and what they think of you as a person. Then, if you have a complainer in your life – run, don’t walk. Complaining makes you stupid and ruins your chances for success. Trevor Blake author of Three Simple Steps ( explains some of the science behind complaining and why being around a complainer can suck the life right out of you. Also, you probably know people who dress and act younger than their years in hopes that people will think they are younger. In fact the research shows people think just the opposite – and worse! Then, the problem with sugar. We eat a lot of sugar and it is causing health problems and contributing to the obesity epidemic. Journalist Gary Taubes author of the best-selling book The Case Against Sugar ( explains some of the science behind obesity and why maybe the problem isn’t fat in the diet – it is sugar.
May 26, 2017
How to Start Your Own Business for $100 & The Toll Taken by Working Too Much
Every credit card bill comes with a due date. And if you pay the balance every month by the due date – you don’t pay any interest. But if you carry a balance month-to-month, the rules are different. You pay interest every day on the unpaid balance. So, the question is, if you make your payment earlier than the due date, do you save money? We start this episode by doing that math. Then, starting your own business is a romantic idea. But is it practical? Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup ( shares the results of his fascinating research on people who started a successful business with very little money – and explains how anyone can do it. Also, there is one particular app that is sucking your smartphone dry. And by that I mean it is sucking a lot of battery power and storage space. Which app is it? I’ll reveal which one and explain how you can easily live without it. And if you are one of those people (or you know one of those people) who works all the time and never takes a vacation or takes weekends off, you need to hear award-winning journalist Katrina Onstad, author of The Weekend Effect ( She explores the harm this “all work – no fun” approach to life does to a person’s mental and physical health as well as to the quality of work they do.
May 23, 2017
How to Make Yourself Measurably Smarter & Why You Don't Always Need a Pill When You Get Sick
Are your legs crossed right now? You’ve probably heard that crossing your legs can lead to varicose veins, high blood pressure and other health problems. Are these concerns real or are they myths? Find out as we begin this episode of the podcast. Also, can you make yourself smarter or is your intelligence level set? Well, in recent years it has become clear that there are things you can do – simple things really – that can seriously improve your intelligence in a dramatic and measurable way. Dan Hurley is author of the book Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power ( He has researched this topic thoroughly and I think you’ll find what he has to say pretty amazing. Then, legendary physician Dr. Andrew Weil has been writing and speaking for many years about “integrative medicine” and the mind/body connection. Dr Weil, (whose new book is Mind Over Meds, joins me in this episode to discuss how we can take control of our healthcare and not just run to the doctor for a pill every time we get sick. He reveals some interesting and effective alternatives to getting and staying healthy. Plus, a few episodes ago I talked about the importance of washing new clothes before you wear them because other people may have tried them on before you – and that’s kind of gross when you think about it. But a listener who heard that sent me an article from the Wall Street Journal that says it a lot worse than just being gross. You’ll want to hear that.
May 18, 2017
Interesting Quirks of the Human Brain & How Your 5 Senses Affect Your Behavior
Everyone feels safer when a lifeguard is on duty. But you may be relying more on the lifeguard than you should, especially if you have kids. In this episode we start by discussing what you may not know about swimming safety – with or without a lifeguard. And this information could save your life one day. Then the weird paradox of the human brain that what we want may not be what we need and what we need may not be what we want – or so your brain thinks. Science writer David DiSalvo, who has written for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and many other publications is also author of the book What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite ( ). He talks with me about this interesting paradox and why this is important to how you live your life. Plus, if you’ve ever been stuck in a traffic jam that appears to have no cause, you’ll be fascinated by what you’ll learn about how we drive and how we could drive better. And there is something called “physical intelligence.” It refers to how your 5 senses can affect your attitude and behavior –and it is going to sound strange. For example, feeling something soft can “soften” your personality. Feeling something warm can create warm feelings for another person. I know it sounds nuts but Dr. Thalma Lobel author of the book Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence ( explains the science behind this. More importantly, she reveals how to use this knowledge to your advantage.
May 16, 2017
The Psychology of Stuff: Why You Keep What You Keep & The Science of Giving: The Amazing Rewards of Being Kind
What’s the best way to NOT get a ticket from the cops? In this episode, we start off with some advice from actual police officers that will help you walk away with maybe just a warning. Also, how much clutter is in your life? Is it a problem for you? Professional organizer Dorothy Breininger from the A&E TV show “Hoarders” and author of the book, Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff ( offers some practical advice to help get control of your stuff and the fascinating connection between clutter and body weight. You’ve heard that, “What you give, you get back.” But what is the truth about the benefits and rewards of giving? Stephen Post author of the book, Why good Things Happen to Good People ( has study the science of giving and what he has found is amazing. When you help someone else, the benefits to the giver are rather amazing – and science proves it. Plus, if you sell items on eBay, the descriptions you write are critical. Using the right or wrong words can have a huge impact on the final price you get.
May 12, 2017
Do You Know Who You REALLY Are and How Others See You? & How Most People Get Rich (and How You Can Too)
New clothes are not necessarily CLEAN clothes. In fact, there is a good chance other people have worn your new clothes before you. We start this episode discussing why and how to wash new clothes before you wear them. Also, how self-aware are you? Do you really understand who you really are and do you understand how other people really see you? Surprisingly, few of us know - even though we like to think we do. Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich author of the book Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think ( explains how to become more self-aware and why it is important to your success at work and in life. Plus, if you want to be wealthy, it is important to understand the difference between rich people and those who do not have money. Tom Corley has been studying this for years and he is author of the book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals explains some of these fundamental differences and how anyone can adopt rich habits – and become wealthy. In his discussion Tom offers some free downloads on his website which is Click on “Resources” at the top of the site. Finally, we tackle the earth shattering problem of slurping! In many cultures it is fine if you slurp your food when you eat. But, here we find it terribly annoying. So why do people slurp? Well, it turns out to be have a real benefit – and I’ll explain what it is.
May 09, 2017
How to Daydream, Distract and Doodle Your Way to Success & A World of Video Games You Never Knew
People who overeat tend to do so at the same time on the same days. You’ll discover when those times are so you can defend yourself against temptation. Plus, solving problems and developing new ideas doesn’t come from focus and concentration as much as it does from “unfocusing” and letting your mind wander. Psychiatrist Dr. Srini Pollay author of Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind ( explains the science behind how the creative brain works better when it is distracted. Then, the issue of “double standard parenting.” In other words, when you accidentally break a lamp – well it’s just an accident. But what happens when your kid accidentally breaks a lamp? Does he or she get punished and shamed for doing it? We’ll explore some sage advice on why you shouldn’t hold your kids to higher standard than you hold yourself. Then, the world of video games isn’t all about war, aliens, shooting people and blowing things up. Andrew Ervin, author of Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World ( reveals an entirely different world of video games and also discusses the importance of video games as a true art form.
May 05, 2017
How Social Media Marketing Works (and Doesn't Work) & The Story Behind the 3-Digit Security Code on Credit Cards
The 3-digit security code on your credit card is for, well – security. But does it really do anything to keep you secure? We’ll explore that on today’s episode. Plus, social media marketing is supposed to be the way to go for brands who want to reach those desirable consumers. But does social media marketing work better than other forms of marketing? Marketing consultant Ed Keller, author of The Face-To-Face Book: Why Real Relationships Rule in a Digital Marketplace ( explains why social media marketing doesn’t live up to the hype – AND what works better. Also, there is an interesting and somewhat strange relationship between your sense of direction and the likelihood that you will develop Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s worth knowing this if you have a bad sense of direction or have trouble visualizing a mental map.
May 02, 2017
What's the One Thing You Should Do Right Now? & The Difference Between Talent and Creativity
When you negotiate your salary, you can feel very insecure and unsure of yourself. How much are you worth? How much should you ask for? Who should throw out the first number? In this episode, you will get some proven tactics that will make you feel powerful - and help you get more money. Then, what is the one thing you should be doing right now? When you stop and think about it, there is likely something you know you should be doing because it is important. What IS that one thing and how do you get to it so you can then do the next thing and then the next? Jay Papasan, co-author of the book The One Thing ( explains how to get to what is essential and the benefit of doing it. Plus, wearing the color red can have a big impact on the people around you. That color in particular sends a message that may be appropriate in some cases – and not so appropriate in others. You need to know what red is saying and in this episode, you'll find out. And just how creative are you? Meta Wagner author of the book What’s Your Creative Type? ( offers some great insight into what makes ALL of us creative to some degree and what makes a few of us –super creative. She also discusses the benefits of expressing your creativity in whatever way suits you best.
Apr 28, 2017
How to Handle Criticism & How to Make Your Relationship Happier - Right Now
Want to keep your fresh cut flowers, fresher? My grandmother always said put aspirin in the water and I’ve also heard you should put a penny in the water or some sugar. Well someone actually tested all these things out – and you’ll hear the results and discover what works best, just in time for Mother’s Day. Also, you constantly receive criticism and feedback from people – some of it is welcome some not. Some of it is warranted and some of it not. So how can you learn to evaluate the feedback coming at you so you can determine what is true and what is false – and not get defensive? And then how do you use that feedback to your advantage? Sheila Heen author of the book, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well ( has studied this and you will find what she has to say extremely helpful. Plus, why do so many marriages and relationships go bad? Dr Harville Hendrix has been studying relationships and has worked with couples for over 30 years. He has authored several books on the topic including Making Marriage Simple ( . He shares some incredible insight into how any relationship can be made better – instantly if at least one person is willing to make some simple changes. And who doesn’t love bacon? Just the smell of bacon cooking is enough to make you crave it. So what is it about bacon that makes it so desirable? I’ll explain the science of bacon in this episode.
Apr 25, 2017
How to Cook the Perfect Burger & Learn How You Learn - to Learn Better
Just like food, medications have expiration dates. But just how accurate are they? Is it better to take an expired medication or no medication at all? We’ll explore that in this episode of the podcast. Then, when you cook on the grill, there are a lot of theories on how you should do it. But a lot of those theories are wrong. To help you understand how to best use the outdoor grill to create the best flavor and cook food correctly is Chef Todd Mohr. Todd is a certified culinary educator and founder of You will get great tips and techniques. Also, most of us were never taught HOW to learn. But how you learn determines how well you learn. Today many adults have to learn new skills, new jobs – even new industries in order to compete. So what is the best way to learn? To discuss that is Barbara Oakley, author of the book, Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential ( What she says will open up your mind to new ways to learn new things. Do you ever get up and pace when you are thinking or trying to solve a problem? Many of us do it unconsciously. But does it actually help or is it just a way to burn off nervous energy. Discover what the science says about pacing and problem solving on today’s episode of the podcast.
Apr 21, 2017
How to Spot a Liar & the Essential Elements of Good Writing
What’s your favorite sleep position? It turns out that one sleep position is better than the others for eliminating “brain waste” and preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s and other brain problems. In this episode, you’ll discover the best way to sleep. Also, how do you spot a liar? It’s not just one or two things – you have to understand the process of determining whether someone is being deceptive. Maryann Karinch, co-author of the book How to Spot a Liar (, will help you become a better truth detector. Then, with all the texts, and memos and emails and reports you write – don’t you want your writing to be effective? Laura Brown, author of How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide ( – and an expert writer herself - offers some simple ways to punch up and improve your writing so that people understand you and your message is crystal clear. And what’s in your garage? Some of the things you probably have in there are better off somewhere else, according to Home & Garden magazine. We’ll explore what things you should either get rid of or bring into the house.
Apr 18, 2017
How Employees Can Save a Business If They're Allowed & Latest Advice on Dealing with Pain
Spring brings potholes. And while you try to avoid them, sometimes you cannot. So what is the best way to navigate one? I’ll explain what automotive experts say. Also in this episode, some companies give their workers time off to work on their own projects in hopes it will pay dividends for the company. Is it a good idea? Would it work where you work – or is just a touch-feely idea that wastes time and energy? Ryan Tate, Senior Writer at Wired magazine is also the author of a book called "The 20% Doctrine: How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules Drive Success in Business" ( discusses this and why it sometimes pays huge dividends and at other times, fails miserably. Pain is a big problem. Millions of people suffer from chronic pain and have to learn to live with it every day. But views on pain and how to treat it are changing. It doesn’t always have to be about drugs. Here to discuss that is Joe Tatta, Joe is a doctor of physical therapy and author of the book, Heal Your Pain Now ( Joe brings new hope for pain sufferers who want to get past the pain and lead a normal life. There is one trait that every happy couple has, according to psychologist John Gottman. He has been studying couples for over 40 years and written over 40 books on the topic. He says that he has NEVER found a happy couple that did not have this trait – ever. What is it? Listen to see if you have this magical trait. In this episode I mention that I am hosting a live, online podcasting workshop on Wednesday, April 19th. If you or someone you know is starting a podcast, is thinking about starting a podcast or has a podcast that isn’t doing as well you it might, I invite you to be my guest for this live event. For information go to:
Apr 15, 2017
How Do You Know Who to Trust & Who to Like? - & What You Can Do to Fix Healthcare
Some people can’t imagine exercise without having their cellphone. You can listen to music, text and chat and it helps the time fly by. Well, there is also a problem with exercising with your cellphone and we will discuss what this is in this episode of the podcast. Have you heard of oxytocin? It’s sometimes called the "moral molecule." Oxytocin is the brain chemical that helps us trust each other and feel good about each other. What’s interesting is that we know how to cause oxytocin to be released and when you understand how it works, it has implications for all our relationships with people who love, people know and even strangers. Neuroscientist Paul Zak, author of The Moral Molecule ( joins me for this fascinating discussion. People talk about healthcare a lot – but things only seem to be getting worse. And generally, I think people feel helpless to do anything. Perhaps you will feel more empowered when you hear Elisabeth Rosenthal, author of the bestselling book, An American Sickness ( Elisabeth was trained as a physician and spent years as a writer for the New York Times and is now editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News. Everyone knows that arguing isn’t good. But actually it may just be the thing to keep your relationships alive. We’ll explore why in this episode of the podcast.
Apr 11, 2017
Making Money from Garage Sales, Craigslist and eBay & the Power of Courage from Someone Who Had a Lot of It
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” You’ve heard that a million times because it isn’t fair to judge someone by their looks alone. Okay, fair enough. But maybe those initial snap judgments serve a purpose. We’ll explore that on today’s episode of the podcast. Almost everyone has had a garage sale or sold something on eBay or Craigslist. It’s fun and who doesn’t like making some extra money? Aaron Lapedis author of The Garage Sale Millionaire ( is an expert on buying and selling stuff and he has some great advice to share with you. Life would be easier if we all had more courage. How to you get more? Debbie ford is going to tell you how. Debbie Ford was the author of the book Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence ( ) and she had a ton of courage. Sadly, she died a few years. Shortly before her death I had a chance to talk with her and I think you will find the conversation inspiring. Finally, when your gas gauge says empty – is it. Well probably not but just how much gas is left? Find out on this episode of Something You Should Know.
Apr 07, 2017
How to Deal Effectively With a Bad Boss & How "Small Data" Uncovers Huge Trends and Saved LEGO
Have you ever stayed out too late and then had to show up at work the next morning looking and sounding bright and chipper like everything is fine? According to science, there are a few tactics that will help you look and feel better in that situation – and help get you through the day. Then, what’s the best way to deal with a bad boss? Here to discuss that is Liz Dolan. She is the former Chief Marketing Officer for NIKE, The Oprah Winfrey Networks and National Geographic and she is the co-host of a new podcast called, “I Hate My Boss.” ( Liz explores how to deal with a boss in such a way that it doesn't drive you crazy and so your boss doesn't get in the way of your success. Perhaps you have heard of Big Data. Well there is also something called “Small Data.” And small data is a big deal according to Martin Lindstrom who is considered to be one of the world’s top brand-building experts. He is author of the New York Times best seller, Small Data ( and he is going to explain how Small Data works, how you collect and interpret this data and how it has helped many organizations focus their marketing better. In fact, small data brought LEGO from the brink of bankruptcy to becoming the number one brand in the entire world. Finally, when I say, “Chinese food take-out container,” you know exactly what I mean. It is that small cardboard box with the metal handle that all Chinese food is packed in. It is actually an engineering marvel. It is one piece of cardboard folded in such a way as to be leak-proof. And yet there is nothing Chinese about it and it is not used in China at all. It is a fascinating story worth hearing.
Apr 04, 2017
How Intellectual Property Laws Can Get You in Trouble & Finding Time for the Important Things in Life
When you cook with alcohol we all know that it burns off pretty quickly – right? Wrong. You will be amazed how long it takes for alcohol to disappear. And this is a big deal if you are cooking for kids or people who, for whatever reason, don’t want to have alcohol. Also, the topic of “intellectual property” confuses a lot of people. And for good reason because it IS confusing. The problem is that if you don’t understand it, it can land you in hot water. New York attorney Alexandre Montagu, author of Intellectual Property: Money and Power in a New Era ( explains in simple terms how it works so you can protect your own intellectual property and make sure you don’t step on someone else’s. Then, we’ll look at people who schedule every minute of their day with busy-ness. Is it really necessary? Probably not. Then why do so many people seem so busy all the time? Emma Grey author I Don’t Have Time ( discusses how to slow life down and still get everything done – in fact get more of the important things done. Finally, when you donate clothes to the needy, you like to think you are helping someone. And maybe you are but depending on where you drop off your clothes, those clothes may be headed to a landfill or somewhere else you never imagined. You need to know this before the next time you donate.
Mar 31, 2017
Why "Follow Your Passion" is Horrible Advice & Secrets to Get the Best Price On a Car
You probably think identity thieves are looking on the Internet to steal your identity. And while that is partly true – that is not the way most identities are stolen. In this episode, I am going tell you how you put yourself at risk and how to protect your identity from prying eyes. Plus, I bet you have heard the advice “Follow your passion…” or “Do what you love and the money will follow…” While that sounds great, it may be some of the worst advice you will ever hear when it comes to making a career choice. Cal Newport author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You” ( has investigated this advice – where it came from and why it is such bad advice. He’ll tell you why. Do you hate the process of buying a car? Most people do. Why is it so distasteful? And how do you stack the deck in your favor? That’s the topic discussed by my guest Peter Levy who founded Intellichoice in 1986 and his newest venture is Few people know as much about car pricing and how negotiate for one. After you hear him, you will be better equipped next time you head into a show room. Finally, do you really have to pre-heat your oven? I’ll explain the science behind the answer to this very important kitchen question.
Mar 28, 2017
How Luck and Chance Shape Your Destiny & The Importance of Asking Good Questions
Did you know you can use your travel mug as a safe to store valuables? Or that you should email yourself a photo of your passport & ID before you go on a trip? These are just a few of the interesting travel tips we’ll discuss in this episode. Plus, think about how you got to where you are today and chances are that luck or chance encounters you never expected are a big part of it. Thor Muller author of Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business ( discusses how to put those chance encounters and events to work for you. Then, are you good at asking questions? Former CNN reporter Frank Sesno, author of Ask More ( explains the power and rewards of being able to ask the right questions – and how to really listen to the answers. Finally, when you have an idea you want other people to get excited about – don’t call it an idea. Call it something else. I’ll explain.
Mar 23, 2017
Important New About Infectious Diseases & Looking at Life without Sight
Do you really have a year to send a wedding gift? That turns out to be one of several etiquette myths we’ll explore on today’s episode. Also, we’ve all heard the stories of terrible, deadly disease outbreaks in other countries that take a devastating toll on the people who live there. Unfortunately, with modern air travel, those diseases could be in the jungles of some Third World country one day and on the streets of New York the next. You really need to hear Michael Osterholm is founding director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and author of the book, Deadliest Enemy ( What he says about infectious diseases is both encouraging and scary – and is definitely something worth knowing. Then, you'll meet Isaac Lidsky. He was a regular on the TV series “Saved By the Bell.” But he also became a very successful attorney – and along the way lost his sight to a rare disease. He is author of the book Eyes Wide Open ( and he shares his unique philosophy on life – and explains why losing his sight was a turning point in his life. Finally, you know it is not safe to talk on the phone while driving – but something interesting happens when you drive while. OTHER people in the car are talking on the phone. It is more dangerous than you could have imagined.
Mar 20, 2017
Why So Many Kids Fail to Launch & Exercise Myths That Will Surprise You
Next time you do something really embarrassing in front of other people – you will remember what I am going to tell you in this episode – and it will make you feel a lot better about whatever embarrassing thing you did. Then, we are going to look at the problems created by parents today who give too much and do too much for their kids. Richard Watts, author of Entitlemania: How Not to Spoil Your Kids & What to Do If You Have ( reveals the consequences of parents over indulging their kids in the name of love. Also, everyone knows that you should stretch before you exercise to become flexible and prevent injury. Yet, according to science it is actually a bad idea. It’s one of the many exercise myths I explore with New York Times writer Gretchen Reynolds, author of The First 20 Minutes ( You’ll hear the science that explains how many things people believe about exercise, health and weight loss are just plain wrong. Finally, there is this thing called the paradox of choice. It basically means that the more choices you give someone the more likely they are to pick none. It’s important to understand and I’ll explain why.
Mar 16, 2017
What Your Dog is Really Thinking & Why Superstitions Actually Work
What’s the best way to deal with a jerk? Well, according to psychiatrist Dr. Mark Goulston, there is one word that will shut them up – and it is kind of fun to watch. That’s first up today on this episode of the podcast. Plus, what does your dog really think about? Probably not what you think. Camilla Gray-Nelson, author of Lipstick & the Leash: Dog Training a Woman’s Way ( offers some amazing insight into what’s really going on inside that little doggie brain. Then, knowing what your dog is thinking, you can then train and relate to them in a way that works for everyone. Then, do you believe in magical thinking? Maybe you knock on wood or use a lucky charm or wear you lucky shirt. And deep down inside you know there is nothing to it really – but you do it anyway. So what’s this all about? Matthew Hutson, author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking ( explores why virtually everyone (even skeptics) across all cultures engages in magical thinking. And he reveals how magical thinking can actually work – like magic! Finally, when you go on a trip, why does it seem that the trip back home is shorter than the trip there? There is actually an interesting psychological phenomenon at work. I’ll explain what it is in today’s episode.
Mar 13, 2017
Challenging the Rules of Sleep & Surprising Insights Into the Mother/Son Relationship
Did you know emergency room doctors hate Ramen Noodle Soup? It’s one of several things many ER doctors say they never have in their home. I’ll tell you what those things are and why they are dangerous. Also, someone somewhere came up the contemporary rules for sleep – that kids sleep in their room, mom and dad sleep together in another room etc. The problem is these rules don’t always work for everyone yet no one ever questions them. Until now. Benjamin Reiss, professor of English at Emory University and author of the new book, Wild Nights ( explores why we sleep the way we do and why sometimes these rules need to be challenged. Plus, pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker, author of Strong Mothers, Strong Sons ( offers some fascinating insight into the mother/son relationship. She reveals how boys predictably pull away from their moms at a certain time in their life and she has advice for moms on how to navigate this sometimes complicated relationship. Finally, do you suffer from ringxiety? It is that weird feeling you get when you think your cellphone is ringing or vibrating when it is not. Some people get it more than others. I’ll tell you who and why.
Mar 08, 2017
How Use Your Mind the Way It Was Designed & What Will People Remember About You When You Die?
Next time you are stressed, there is one particular song you need to listen to – it’s Weightless by Macaroni Union. In this episode, I’ll explain what is so magical about this song and where to find it. Also, are you using your mind correctly? The demands of the world require your mind to adapt but it doesn’t always adapt very well. For example, we think we multi-tasking is a good way to get more done – when in fact, it is not. It’s just not what the brain is wired for. Thomas Sterner, author of the book, The Practicing Mind (, explores better way to use your mind that will allow you to be more productive and happier. Then, I imagine you have thought about this question once or twice: “What will they say about you when you are gone?” Rabbi Daniel Cohen, author of the book, What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone ( joins me to talk about this universal quest of wanting to lead a life of significance – and how to actually do it. Finally, science has come up with some interesting ways to make you more attractive to the opposite sex. For example, women wear lipstick for a very good reason – men really find it appealing. But women find men appealing when they wear a T-shirt with a big T printed on the front. Why? I’ll explain this and more in today’s episode of the podcast.
Mar 05, 2017
Taking Better Care of Your Brain & What's Wrong with Cheese?
That motorcycle just came out of nowhere! How often have you had that experience? There is actually a fascinating reason why drivers in cars have such a hard time seeing and avoiding motorcycles. I’ll explain what it is and what you can do about it. Plus, taking care of your brain. You may have thought your brain pretty much takes care of itself but what you do and how you act can have a real impact on brain health – sometimes in the strangest ways. Here to discuss that is Dr. Daniel Siegel, professor of psychiatry at the UCLA and author of several books including The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology. (Amazon link: And if you love cheese – you are going to hate hearing this. Dr. Neal Barnard, professor of medicine at George Washington University and author of The Cheese Trap is going to explain how cheese is addicting, fattening and causes all sorts of problems. Vegan cheese anyone? (Amazon link: And if you want to improve the quality of your writing, try typing with one hand. I’ll explain why and how it works. Also, of you have a moment to take a quick survey it will really help me understand who is listening and help us bring even better guests and info. Just go to
Feb 28, 2017
How to Achieve More with Less & What You Need to Know About Cars
Some things you swear are true – just aren’t. For example, you’ve heard that sugar causes hyperactivity in children, right? Or that you should never touch a baby bird or put it back in its nest because the mother will smell your scent and abandon the baby –yes? Both not true. And just two of the several myths I will explode right at the top of this episode of the podcast. Also, some of the best business stories start in a garage or they start with someone who has $10 in his or her pocket and somehow builds an empire. While they make for great stories, is there really some benefit to starting things on a shoe string? Is less really more? Listen to my guest Scott Sonenshein, author of STRETCH: Unlock the Power of Less and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined. He makes the case for less – because the results are better and the satisfaction is greater. If you are in the market for a car, there is no one smarter on this subject than Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book 2017. Every year, Jack rates and reviews virtually every model of new car on such things as safety, reliability and comfort. And in our discussion he talks about the future of cars – particularly the driverless car. You will really enjoy and appreciate what he has to say. And when you go to kiss someone you must turn your face left or right. And it turns out the direction you go depends on who you are kissing. I’ll explain all this in today’s episode.
Feb 20, 2017
How to Think Smarter and Better & Documents You Should Shred You Never Knew
Do you act trustworthy because people perceive you that way – or do people perceive you as trustworthy because you act that way? Confusing, huh? But it’s also fascinating how people judge us based on how we look – and we in turn behave how people expect. We’ll explore this so it all makes sense. Also, you can actually train yourself to think smarter. That is according to Art Markman, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and author of the book, Smart Thinking. When you think smarter and better, people see you as smarter and you are able to solve problems in new and better ways. Professor Markman will teach you how in this episode. Did you know that “dumpster diving” or simply looking through your trash is still one of the primary ways identity thieves steal your information? I know I never put my trash out the night before just for that reason. People can come along and legally go through your trash when it is sitting out on the curb and take anything they want. What is interesting is that a lot of documents you would never think of shredding – you really should. I’ll explain exactly which documents you need to shred BEFORE you toss them in the trash. Please, come and enjoy today's episode.
Feb 15, 2017
Good News for Introverts & Getting Control of Your Money
What is your favorite fast food hot dog? 5 Guys? Shake Shack? Burger King? A self-proclaimed hot dog connoisseur did the research – and see if you agree when you hear the results of her investigation - which is first up in this episode of the podcast. Also, being an introvert is often considered to be a negative trait. But is it really? Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, reveals the results of her research and has some really good news for introverts who may worry that their desire for quiet is a flaw in their character. It turns out to be a real positive when you know how to use it to your advantage. Then we take a look at how you are handling your finances. Money is one of those topics that so many of us struggle with. To help you sort it out and get a clear, no-nonsense picture of your financial future is Jonathan DeYoe, a financial adviser and author of the book, Mindful Money. And finally on today’s podcast, I explore some fascinating ways the English language has evolved in just the last few decades. Words like nauseous and contact and even “butt naked” are words that were either non-existent or had different meaning just a few decades ago.
Feb 08, 2017
Cutting Edge Advice on How to Age Better & How to Be a Better Leader
You are wasting too much time on email. It’s estimated that you waste 30 seconds each time you stop and check it. So how can you cut down on the amount of time you waste? In this episode, you’ll discover some great techniques that can cut your time in half. Also, if you are concerned about aging and you want to age well, there is some great news. Washington Post reporter Margaret Pressler, author of the book Cheat the Clock did an amazing amount of research – looking at all we know about the aging process. What she found is that staying young is a lot easier than you ever imagined. Listen and hear her explanation. And leadership skills - they aren’t just for CEO’s, corporate big shots or managers. We all need to lead others at times – and developing leadership skills is important for everyone. Courtney Lynch, co-author of the bestselling book Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success is here to tell her story and offer some excellent leadership advice you probably haven’t heard before. Finally, why you should salt your cookies, cook your eggs slow and cook bacon in the oven… those are just some of the expert tips you’ll discover that will transform your cooking, whether you are a gourmet chef or can barely boil water.
Feb 03, 2017
The Decline of Brand Loyalty & The Odds of Everyday Life
“Maybe you should sleep on it before you decide.” That’s pretty common advice – but is it good advice? We’ll explore the science of sleeping on a decision before you make it. Also, brand loyalty isn’t what it used to be. In the past, brand loyalty meant a lot because there wasn’t much other information to go on in order to make a good buying decision. But the Internet has changed all of that. Now we have so much information we can make our own independent choices of what to buy regardless of brands. Of course that has a lot of brand name companies a little upset. Imatar Simonson, professor of marketing at Stanford and author of the book Absolute Value explores this shift in how we buy products and services in this episode of the podcast. Plus, the odds of things happening to you are really interesting. We tend to fear things that are likely never going to happen – like get bitten by a snake. But we don’t fear things we probably should. Amram Shapiro, author of The Book of Odds explains some fascinating possibilities – for example your chances of going to the hospital from an injury from duct tape are probably a lot higher than you ever imagined. But how do you get injured from duct tape? You'll enjoy what he has to say. Finally on today’s episode – be careful how you clean your home electronics. Phone and tablet screens as well as TVs and keyboards have to be cleaned the right way to prevent damage. You’ll hear some expert advice on how to do it.
Jan 31, 2017
What Really Motivates You & The Science of Chocolate and Weight Loss
What motivates you? Money is probably high on the list. But it is important to realize that there IS a list. Money isn’t the only thing. In fact money can sometimes be a de-motivator. So you see it’s complicated. Here to explain it is Dan Ariely,he is a professor at Duke University, and author of the book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivation. He has some great stories of how motivation works that involve IKEA Furniture, Intel and AARP. Also, is it better to praise kids for the intelligence or praise them for their efforts? Some interesting science has a fascinating answer. If you have kids, this is worth hearing. Plus, chocolate and weight loss? I know it sounds like a fad diet but there is some science behind the health benefits of eating chocolate – and one of those benefits is weight loss. Will Clower, a doctor of neuroscience and author of the book Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight explains how and why chocolate is so good for you if you eat the right kind – and in the right amount. Finally, why unhappy people are so unhappy. It turns out that unhappy people often get stuck being unhappy because of certain behaviors that keep them stuck. You’ll discover what those behaviors are and what to do to break out of them.
Jan 28, 2017
How Hope Can See You Through Hard Times & How to Hire a Realtor
Ever feel hopeless? Humans are born to be hopeful. Interact with any 2-year old and you will see and hear nothing but hope in what they say and do. Yet sometimes, as adults, we lose hope. Then what? On today’s podcast I want to share with you an interview I did a while back with Dr. Shane Lopez, author of the book Making Hope Happen. Dr. Lopez was a leading researcher and authority on hope. Sadly he died last summer at the age of 46. But his message is so powerful I want you to hear it. Also, if you find yourself showing up late for things, you are about to find out the reason why. And you’ll discover some easy ways to start showing up on time – at least most of the time. Since you so seldom have to hire a realtor, you probably don’t really know what to ask or how to evaluate them – even though they are going to represent you when you buy or sell your most expensive possession. Seattle-based realtor Aaron Hendon, author of Don’t Get Fooled Again offers some advice to help you shop and find just the right realtor. And some of us are sticklers for proper pronunciation. And when people mispronounce words it can be irritating and make the speaker look foolish. So we are going to tackle some commonly mispronounced words and make sure everyone gets them right.
Jan 24, 2017
How to Improve Your Memory & Job Search Strategies That Really Work
Don’t you just hate it when you need to remember something but your memory fails you? Well, perhaps you can fix that. In today’s episode, memory expert Ron Fry, author of the book Master Your Memory has some techniques and strategies that will help your memory work better when you need it to. Also, why is it that no matter which checkout line you choose at the grocery store, it is always the slowest? Well that phenomenon has been studied – and the results will fascinate you. Plus, sooner or later everyone has to go out and look for a job. How you approach that task has a lot to do with how successful you will be. Mark Murphy, leadership guru, contributor to Forbes and author of the book Hiring for Attitude is going to give you some great advice you probably haven’t heard before on how to get yourself a job offer as quickly as possible – and from the right organization. Finally, if you are a Netflix subscriber, you are going to discover some secret websites that will help you cut down on the amount of time you SEARCH for something to watch so you can spend more time actually watching!
Jan 20, 2017
A Path to Achieving Your Dreams & Fixing Loneliness in a Relationship
Do you have unfulfilled dreams? Many of us do. While a lot of gurus tell you that you should pursue your passion, follow your dreams and go for the gusto, they are often a bit short on the details of how to do it. That’s why I am anxious for you to hear Jeremy Cage. His dream was to sail around the world. He did it. And that experience was the basis for his book, All Dreams on Deck. I am hoping – and I am confident – his words will inspire you to go after your dreams. Also today, some of the driving habits you’ve developed may actually be messing up your engine. Find out of you are doing any of them in this episode. Plus – as odd as it sounds, there are a lot of people who feel lonely even though they are in a relationship. Maybe even you. Dr. Holly Parker, clinical psychologist and teacher of psychology at Harvard has a new book out called, If We’re Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone? She is here to discuss this very common problem and what to do about it – even if your partner is unwilling. And the home field advantage. It is a proven thing in the sports world – and it turns out you can use it too. Listen and find out how.
Jan 17, 2017
How Your Telomeres Affect Your Health & Kids and Electronics - What Parents Must Know
Want to appear more attractive? Being attractive isn’t just about physical appearance. How people perceive is determined by a lot of things. In this episode I’ll explain some ways anyone can be seen as more attractive. Also, you need to know about your telomeres. They are part of your chromosomes and how you live your life and how you think can either help lengthen your telomeres or shorten them. And the shorter your telomeres, the more likely you are to succumb to diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn author of The Telomere Effect won the Nobel Prize for her work on Telomeres and she is here to explain this and how to take good care of your telomeres so you live long and healthy. Also kids today are spending an average of 9 hours a day in front of some electronic screen. If they are also spending 8 hours in bed and 6 hours at school there isn’t much time to interact with the real world. And that is causing all kinds of problems. Here to explain the consequences of all this screen time and what to do about it is Tom Kersting who author of the book Disconnected and also host of the A&E TV series, “Surviving Marriage.” If you are a parent, you need to hear this. Finally, if you don’t like the way you look in photos, you need to know about “the Squinch.” Once you master it, every picture you are in will look fabulous.
Jan 13, 2017
Fascinating Reason You Go to Work & Will Robots Take Over the World?
Why do you get up and go to work? It’s probably not a question you’ve ever had to answer but it is an interesting one. Many people think that human beings work for the money. While that is partly true – no one wants to work for free – there is more to work than just a paycheck. A lot more. Listen to my first guest today, Barry Schwartz is a professor at Swarthmore College and author of the book Why We Work. He explains that for most people, we need to work; we need that sense of accomplishment. And if you aren’t feeling it, he offers some great advice on how to embrace that sense of a job well done. Also in this episode, how you wake up in the morning can set the mood for the entire day. Do you wake up with an alarm or do you get up all by yourself? We’ll explore why it matters and why the snooze alarm is more trouble than it is worth. Plus, should we be worried about artificial intelligence (AI)? Recently some big thinkers such as Stephen Hawking have sounded the alarm about it. If machines become too smart, could they become our masters? I’ll discuss that with John Markoff. He is a science writer for the New York Times and author of the book Machines of Loving Grace. And finally, which is better for kids, full fat milk or low fat milk? Some new research offers an interesting and surprising answer.
Jan 10, 2017
How Money Plays Tricks On You & How To Stop It
There’s nothing more embarrassing than those awkward moments in life – when your fly is down or there is spinach in your teeth or you embarrass yourself accidentally. But how you handle those moments is what really matters and that is topic number one on today’s podcast. Also how you think about money – and how money plays tricks on is a fascinating topic everyone needs to understand. Claudia Hammond, a broadcaster for the BBC in London is author of the book Mind Over Money and has some amazing insight on how you handle money and make financial decisions – and how others use little mind games to get you to part with more of your money. Being aware of these things can really help you not fall victim. And lastly today, I want to talk about appreciation. There is great power in expressing appreciation – yet most people think they don’t get enough of it. The result of that lack appreciation creates all kinds of havoc in relationships and organizations. We’ll discuss.
Jan 07, 2017
How to Stop Being So Busy & A Respected Doctor Reveals the Real Fountain of Youth
People talk about how busy & overwhelmed they are like it is a badge of honor. However, being busy doesn’t mean you get more done. And it often means tasks don’t get done as well as they could. My first guess in this episode of the podcast is Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and author of the book "The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and at Work." She is here to discuss the negative effects of too much busyness – and a better way to structure your day so you actually get more done – and done well. Also, if you cook, I’m sure you’ve heard that when you cook with alcohol, the heat burns off the alcohol quickly. Well, according to science that is impossible. We’ll explore that and why it is important for every cook to know. Do you get an annual physical? It is a common practice because people believe it helps keep them healthy. But does it really? Family physician Davis Liu, M.D., author of "The Thrifty Patient" reveals what is and what is NOT important when it comes to staying healthy and living a long and active life. By the way, he has also discovered the “Fountain of Youth.” He’ll tell you what it is – but you may not like it. And what makes people creepy? Most of us know a creepy person when we see one – but what is it about some people that creeps us out? And how do you make sure you aren't sending out any creepy vibes? Find out in today’s episode.
Jan 03, 2017
Where to Find True Happiness & How to Feel in Control of Your Money
Want to be happy? First you need to understand what happiness is – and isn’t. Dr. Amit Sood, author of “The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness” explains why happiness is so often elusive and offers some great, concrete suggestions to live a more joyous and happy life no matter what is happening in your life. Also, you need to know about the “27 Second Effect.” This is a critical part of the whole “distracted driving” problem that most people don’t realize. If you don’t understand what happens during these 27 seconds, you are putting your safety – and the safety of your passengers – at risk. How well do you handle your money? For many of us, it isn’t something we were taught, we just had to figure it out on our own. Mix into that all the emotions we feel around money and it is no wonder people struggle to attain financial security. Certified Financial Planner Carl Richards, author of “The One Page Financial Plan” offers some great insight into why money is such a difficult and touchy subject and has some great advice to help you control your money and feel good about it. Wouldn’t it be great if you had more time in your day? In this episode, you’ll get 5 expert strategies that will open up all sorts of time and get each day started in just the right way.
Dec 26, 2016
Incorporating Rituals to Help You Succeed & Why Alcohol Makes Some People Act Like Morons
Do you have any little rituals in your life? Humans historically love rituals. And it turns out that rituals can play an important role in giving your life meaning and in finding success. Chris Attwood, author Your Hidden Riches: Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose discusses how this works and reveals how people like Simon Cowell, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Warren Buffet and others use ritual to enhance their success – and how you can too. Also, have you ever wondered why some people become idiots when they drink alcohol? We’ll explore that and reveal the science behind moronic drunk behavior! And which is better after you’ve washed your hands in a public restroom – using a paper towel or a hot-air dryer to dry your hands. I’ll tell you what the handwashing experts say – and you probably didn’t even know there were handwashing experts. Please do me a small favor and subscribe rate and review this podcast on iTunes. It only takes a minute and it means a lot. Here is the link:
Dec 19, 2016
Why You Should Rest More to Be Productive & The Myths That Kill Relationships
You can rest when you’re dead! When it comes to the American worth ethic, many people have bought into this idea. But working hard for long hours and not taking time off can actually be counterproductive. Alex Soojung-Kim Pong author of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less explains the science of resting if you really want to be productive and do good work. He also offers suggestions for those who can’t tear themselves away from working. Also…what is your favorite kind of music? Country? Classical? Pop? Well, your taste in music says some interesting things about your personality – and we will explore that on this episode of the podcast. If you are in or have been in a relationship you know it isn’t all roses and sunshine every single day. But so many relationships could be so much better according to Linda Bloom. She and her husband Charlie are author of the book Happily Ever After. In today’s podcast, Linda will discuss some of the 39 myths people often believe that end up hurting – and sometimes destroying their relationship. This is “must listening” for anyone who really wants their relationship to work. Finally today – how stores manipulate you to spend more money. Retailers use lots of little psychological tricks that keep you in the store longer and make you buy. You’ll discover what these tactics are and you can NOT fall victim to them.
Dec 13, 2016
The Dangers of Going to the Doctor or Hospital & The Best Ways to Get Organized
Who knew going to the doctor or the hospital could be so dangerous? Sure there are a lot of sick people there so you could catch some weird disease but that’s not the big problem. It’s MEDICAL ERRORS. I was shocked when I heard the statistic that medical errors are the third biggest killer in the U.S. behind cancer and heart disease. Here to discuss this is my guest, Leslie Michelson who has been working hard to create a “culture of safety” in medicine and he needs all of us to help. He is the founder and chairman of Private Health Management, former CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation – and he is author of The Patients Playbook. Since all of us will be a patient in the hospital at some point – this is essential for you to hear. Also on the podcast, you’ll learn about The 40% Rule. It’s what Navy Seals use to be mentally tough – and you can use it as well. How organized are you? If you could use a little help, I’ve got just the person. Sue Crum spends her life helping people get more organized though her coaching and consulting as well as speaking. She is also author of the book Clear Your Clutter and discusses simple strategies to help you get more organized – and she has some freebies to give you as well. Finally, if you send text messages, you need to understand what adding punctuation does to change the meaning of what you are saying. It’s interesting – and it only applies to text messages. If you are a texter, this can keep you out of trouble.
Dec 09, 2016
Why We Like What We Like & Dealing with Passive Aggression
If you need a spark for your next creative idea, there is a place in your town you can go get it no matter where you live. And it is probably open right now. I’ll tell you where it is. Also, why do we like what we like? Everyone has their own tastes and preferences – but why? And what influences those tastes and preferences? It is actually quite fascinating and to discuss that, I have Tom Vanderbilt author of You May Also Like. Ever wonder why your favorite color is your favorite color? Listen and find out. Plus, passive aggressive behavior can be maddening when you are on the receiving end of it. Why do people engage in passive-aggressive behavior? And what should you do when you are confronted with it? Listen to psychologist (and U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania) Dr. Tim Murphy author Overcoming Passive Aggression. It’s an enlightening conversation. And finally, if you ever find yourself in a game of Rock, Paper Scissors, you can dramatically improve your chances of winning. You see scientists have examined how people play – and it turns out people are very predictable. When you can predict what the other person is going to do – you almost always win. I’ll tell you how.
Dec 05, 2016
Great Advice on How to Succeed from a Self-Made Billionaire
How do you cure a cough? Well there is a cure that has been floating around the internet – but I think has been around longer than that – and people swear it works. Yet it can’t possibly. We’ll explore this mystery. Also… gone are the days of working for a company for 50 years and getting the gold watch. And maybe that is a good thing. Today more and more people are taking the entrepreneurial route. So how do you make the most of that journey? How do you find success when so many fail with their ideas? Jay Samit has some very insightful and encouraging advice you should hear. Jay is a billionaire entrepreneur and author of the book Disrupt You! When you are done listening you will be inspired! Finally on the podcast today, if you get stressed out because people cut you off on the highway or take too long in line at the airport – there is a way to relieve yourself of getting all stressed out about it. And it doesn’t take more than a simple shift in how you think.
Nov 28, 2016
How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed & Get On With Your Life
It’s easy to blow off your flu shot and not worry about it. That is until you or someone in the family get the flu. The flu is nothing to mess around with in my opinion. My father died from complications of getting the flu – so to me getting a flu shot is critical.  What you may not realize is that there are some things you can do to increase the effectiveness of the your flu shot – in terms of what time of day you get it and what you do right after.  We’ll discuss that in this episode. Also, why does everyone always seem so busy? Or is it that everyone just talks more about being busy and overwhelmed? Time management expert Sam Bennett author of Start Right Now Where You Are reveals how talking and fretting about being overwhelmed does nothing to help you get more done. You will appreciate what she has to say and afterwards, you are likely to feel better and a little calmer about getting all the things done in your day. Finally, the problem of loneliness. You have no doubt felt lonely at some point in your life – so you know how bad it feels. But the pain of loneliness turns out to be a good thing once you realize what it is and how to use it to stop feeling so lonely.
Nov 25, 2016
Dangers of Relying on Gut Instinct & How Sounds Impacts Your Health
I’m sure you have, at some point in your life, relied on your “gut instinct.” You made a decision that just felt right at that moment.  And while that may be fine for small decisions – is it really smart to use your gut to make the big decisions? After all – what exactly is your gut? Well, Mary Ellen O’Toole, author of Dangerous Instincts, is a former FBI profiler who has seen plenty of people get in trouble because the “went with their gut.” If you want to keep you and your family safe – you should hear what she has to say. Also, can you be addicted to cheese? It’s more common than you might realize – and maybe one of the reasons everyone loves pizza. Sound is all around you. So what is it doing to your health? Probably more than you realize. My guest, Alex Doman is co-author of Healing at the Speed of Sound and he will explain what impact sound and noise have on you and how to protect yourself. And the next time your “Check Engine” light comes on, you may not want to rush up to your mechanic as a first course of action. You can easily figure out what’s wrong yourself. I’ll explain how to di it – and why it is such a good idea that can save you time, money and a lot of hassle.
Nov 22, 2016
Making Your Ideas Happen & How to Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Down
Have an idea – or an invention? Then you have GOT to listen to this podcast. My first guest is Jeremy Gutsche founder of and author of Better and Faster. Jeremy explains how having an idea is fine it is what you do next that really matters and he really has some great advice for anyone who want to move their idea or invention forward. Also, does visualizing yourself making the perfect putt on the golf course actually help you make it? We’ll look at the research to discover if visualizing yourself doing something first is really helpful or a complete waste of time. Then, imagine starting off poor and on welfare – continually having life knock you down but eventually ending up a partner at Microsoft! That’s the story of perseverance that you need to hear from George Santino author of Get Back Up. It will leave you inspired. And, does listening to music while you work make you more productive? You will be surprised to hear the answer. So come along and listen to this episode of the podcast.
Nov 17, 2016
A New & Better Way to Make Commitments & The Magic of Math
What do you think of when you think about making commitment? To me, commitment means hard work and sacrifice with a hope of something good happening later. But maybe that’s not the best way to look at it. Commitment is necessary, so maybe we need a better way of thinking about it – or a better way to make peace with the idea of commitment. Listen to my conversation with Heidi Reeder author of Commit to Win and I think you will come away a fresh view of commitment. Also, how healthy are you? It’s an important question to ask – because you are probably right whatever your answer is. Also on the podcast today, the science of making a good first impression. And, if you are like me, you didn’t love math in school. But we are going to talk with Professor Arthur Benjamin author of The Magic of Math who is going to convince you – or try to anyway – that math is fun and as an adult, you do use a lot of what you learned in school.
Nov 14, 2016
Safety Tips from a CIA Spy & The Truth About Performing Under Pressure
Keeping your family, yourself and your home safe is probably something you think about – a lot.  Besides the common sense things , what else can you do? Listen to former CIA Officer (spy) Jason Hanson, author of Spy Secrets that Can Save Your Life. He has some really ingenious and practical tips to keep you safe. Do you perform well under pressure? Some people claim they do their best work that way. Really?  I know one guy who really doubts that. Dr. Hendrie Weisinger is one of the leading authorities on the subject of   “performance under pressure”  and is the author of Performing Under Pressure. He has some great advice on how to handle their pressure situations when a lot is riding on how you perform. Also, should you tip when you pick up takeout food? We’ll explore the proper etiquette of that . And if you’ve ever got mad at another driver – so mad that maybe you even surprised yourself – then you need to hear what I am going to tell you in this episode of the podcast.
Nov 09, 2016
How All Our Safety Rules Make Life More Dangerous & The Amazing Power of Kindness
When you go on an airplane, you can’t take liquids or knives or box cutters because, well, those are the rules. But are those rules making us safer? Or have we gone overboard with the whole idea of safety. Check the number of safety and warning labels on a step ladder. Are they all really necessary? Tracey Browne author of Playing By the Rules shares her findings – and what she claims is that all this safety is actually putting us more at risk. Also, simple acts of kindness can make a huge difference. That is the beautiful message from Laura Schroff author of Angels on Earth. Listen to discover how you can make a difference in your corner of the world. You will feel better when you hear this conversation. And, paying your dues is important in some careers but not in others. Sometimes it is better to be an inexperienced “newbie” than an experienced worker. Finally, the problem of unruly airline passengers. It seems more of them show up on the news today than ever before. Are they dangerous? How are airline crews trained to handle them? Listen and find out. It’s really interesting.
Nov 08, 2016
The Power of Storytelling & Making Waves to Get What You Want
Remember sitting in school and the teacher said, “Let me tell you a story…” You’d put your pencil down, lean back and listen. That’s because everyone loves a good story. Humans have passed down knowledge and wisdom through stories forever. We are wired to enjoy stories. That is why telling stories is so important in business and in life – if you really want to connect with people and get them to listen to what you have to say. Carmine Gallo, author of The Storyteller’s Secret explains why this is so important and how to do it well. Also in today’s episode, Patti Johnson, author of Making Waves discusses the importance being courageous and initiating change in your life. Often we accept things as they are even when we don’t really like it. Why? There is usually a way to do something about it if you are willing to try. Patti reveals the right way to initiate change to get what YOU want. Plus, how to complain. If you feel you didn’t get what you paid for, you should complain. But how you complain will determine whether you really get the problem resolved or not. And did you know there are 12 basic skills in the workplace? Some you are probably good at, some you are so-so at and some you probably suck at. Listen and find out which are which – for you.
Nov 04, 2016
Success Strategies from Alan Weiss & Loving Where You Live
You don’t have to look very hard to find success gurus who claim to know exactly what you need to do to be successful. I am pretty careful about which success experts I let on my podcast – but one I welcome with open arms is Alan Weiss author of Million Dollar Maverick. Alan has a fairly straight forward, a no-nonsense approach to finding success – however you define it for yourself. I think you will really enjoy listening to him and will find his words very motivating. Also in this episode, you’ll hear a fascinating discussion on why we live where we live. Melody Warnick author of This is Where You Belong discusses the importance of liking where you live – no matter where you live. And if you don’t like it, find out how to change your perception of your community so that you develop “place attachment.”  Whether you still live in the town you grew up or you have moved around a lot, you’ll find some wisdom in what Melody has to say. Then, there is a little negotiating strategy that works really well when you want to buy something. It’s all in how you state the price you are willing to pay. Listen to find out how. And an interesting look at the problem of childhood obesity. It has long been thought that because kids are less active today that is why they are fatter. But what if it is the other way around? This is really important for parents – and I’ll explain.
Nov 01, 2016
Difference Between a Good Entrepreneur and a Great Entrepreneur
What separates good entrepreneurs from GREAT entrepreneurs? One thing is the ability to create an new market category rather than compete for market share in an existing category. That is the message of Christopher Lochhead co-author of the best-selling book Think Big. In our discussion, Christopher explains how this has been done successfully and offers up some great examples of who has succeeded and who has failed. He also explains how anyone can do it – and how “market category design” is becoming the new way to succeed. Also, have you ever gotten that email from the Nigerian prince or princess telling you they are going to give millions of dollars if you would just help them out? Is it possible people are still falling for it? You bet - and in a big way. I’ll explain how it is still scamming people out of a lot of money- and what you can do to help if you are so inclined. And the advice your mom gave you of – “Just be yourself…” It may actually be lousy advice if you are trying to make an impression, get a new job and otherwise get ahead. Listen to discover what works much better than “Just be yourself.”    
Oct 28, 2016
Become a Brilliant Negotiator & Finding You Purpose in Life
Are you a good negotiator or would you prefer to avoid it like the plague? Well, the fact is we all negotiate every single day – and a big part of the problem with negotiation is how we approach it. My guest, Dan Shapiro is going to give a fresh and rather positive outlook on negotiation and help you become much better at it. Dan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of negotiation. He is the founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, associate professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and author of the book Negotiating the Nonnegotiable. Also, why is Siri female? In fact why are most digital voices like GPS almost always female? We’ll take a look at the reasons why. Plus, what is your purpose in life? Maybe you have multiple purposes. If so that is a good thing according to Victor Strecher author of Life On Purpose. Victor explains the importance of having a purpose and living a life in harmony with that purpose. It turns out when you do, amazing things can happen. And also on today’s episode, why you should stop telling people how busy you are. You could really be pushing people away and losing friends by always using the excuse, “I’ve been so busy.”  I’ll reveal what you should say instead.
Oct 26, 2016
How to Become a Very Powerful Person & Amazing Things to Help You Live Longer and Healthier
What makes a powerful person – powerful? That’s a fascinating question. And when you understand the answer, you too can be more powerful. That’s according to Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkley and author of The Power Paradox.Listen as Dacher explains how to acquire power and how to avoid the power paradox which will steal your power away if you are not careful. Where is the best seat in the movie theater? Listen and discover how to find the sweet seat spot in every theater. Also, some fascinating insight into how what we do affects our health.  Jeremy Smith author of Epic Measures discusses a mammoth research project that attempts to be the “Google Earth” of healthcare. You’ll discover some amazing facts regarding what keeps you healthy and what could be killing you. And you’ll learn how to find out what your big health risks are. And for those times when you are all stressed out – I’m going to give you some great techniques to instantly de-stress yourself. You’ll need honey, coffee, the sound of birds and a hit song from 1972.
Oct 24, 2016
Finally Get That Project Done & Food Science to Be a Better Cook
Did you know bacon is really a low-fat food? That is just one of the many fascinating food science facts you’ll discover when you listen to food writer David Joachim author of The Science of Good Food. You’ll also discover why hot liquids freeze faster than cold ones, why you should never cook veggies with lemon and the science of cooking the perfect steak. Also, do you have a project or goal in your head that you swear you want to get done – but never seem to get to? It’s a pretty common problem and one I discuss with Phyllis Korkki author of The Big Thing: How to Complete Your Creative Project Even if You’re a Lazy, Self-Doubting Procrastinator Like Me. Phyllis is an assignment editor and reporter for the New York Times Sunday Business section and she has really done her research on this topic – and has some great advice for those of us who finally want to get it done! Plus, which is your good side? You know, in a photo, which side of your face do you think is better? You’ll get the answer in this episode. And if you drive, you probably spend a fair amount of time in the fast lane. But did you know you should never just cruise in the fast lane? It’s not for driving – it is for passing. Chances are you are staying in it too long – and that causes a real serious hazard. Many states are starting to crack down and enforce this law. Discover how to stay out of trouble in this episode of the podcast.
Oct 21, 2016
How to Be Much More Productive & How to Get the World's Attention
Interesting thing about productivity – it’s not just about getting MORE things done, it’s also about figuring out what NOT to do. That’s one of the important messages from my guest, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg author of Smarter, Faster, Better as well as the long-time bestseller, The Power of Habit. If you want to know how truly productive people get so much done, listen to what Charles has to say in this episode.   Also, how do you get people to pay attention to you? With everyone bombarded by so much information today, it is hard to get noticed. That’s why it’s important to listen to Ben Paar author of Captivology – The Science of Getting People’s Attention. Ben is an award-winning journalist, the former Editor-At –Large at Mashable, and offers great insight into how some people and companies are able to get the world’s attention while others struggle to do so. Plus, if you are getting a flu shot, there is a good reason to get it in the morning rather than the afternoon. We’ll discuss why that is – and… Want to know how empathetic you are? There is a song scientists use to measure empathy. I’ll tell you what the song is so you can listen and see how it makes you feel. And that will tell you how empathetic you are.
Oct 19, 2016
How to Be Very Persuasive
How can you be more persuasive? There is no better person to answer that question than my guest in this episode – Robert Cialdini, author of the landmark book Influence and the new book PRE-SUASION. The idea of PRE-suasion is to get people ready to agree with you before you ask them. I know. It sounds like magic but it is actually quite fascinating. For example, when you go on a job interview, there is one question you should ask the interviewer before you start that will almost always improve your chances of getting hired. Robert will tell you what that question is in the podcast as well as other ways to get people to agree with you and follow your ideas. Also today… Googling your medical symptoms. Is it a good idea? Well, it depends on why you are doing it. But if you think you are going to get an accurate diagnosis – even from WebMD or the Mayo Clinic websites– you are in for a shock. And is it weird to talk to yourself – out loud? You’ll discover what the science says and you may find yourself talking to yourself a lot more often.
Oct 17, 2016
How to Start Your Own Successful Business
I bet you’ve had an idea for a business – right? So what’s stopped you? Many people think entrepreneurship is too risky or that you need some spectacular new idea no one has thought of before. Well, if you think that, you are about to get a good argument from Michael Glauser author of "Main Street Entrepreneur." Michael believes you can start a business with a 90% chance of success if you follow certain practices and principles. In this episode of the podcast Michael explains exactly how to approach starting a new business – how you have to have more than just an idea, you need to create an opportunity. And he explains exactly how to do it. Michael believes passionately that you don’t need to be Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg to be an entrepreneur today. Anyone can do it with the right approach. If you finally want to follow your dream of starting your own business, listen to this podcast and be inspired. Also, have you ever had that feeling that you are being watched? Is it a real sense or just your imagination? We’ll explore that in this episode. And I go up close and personal with the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There is an art to making it, believe it or not. Listen and you too can be a PB & J artist.  
Oct 14, 2016
Great Life Hacks & Why Conversations Get So Nasty
Who couldn’t use some great life hacks? I love them!  And no one is better at finding them than David Pogue author of Pogue’s Basics: Life. This is a fun and informative conversation worth listening to that will leave you with great hacks to improve your life. In case you didn’t know, David is the founder of Yahoo Tech, was the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.” He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002. Also, what has happened to make political and other controversial discussions so nasty?  James Hogan author of I’m Right & You’re an Idiot explores what’s going on and how to fix it so we can agree to disagree without demonizing each other.
Oct 11, 2016
Become the Person You Want to Be & Great Ways to Save Time & Money
Perhaps you’ve noticed – sometimes life can hard. And sometimes we make it even harder for ourselves. Legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith author of Triggers offers really solid, concrete advice for making lasting positive changes in your life and achieving your goals. If you have never heard Marshall speak, you will love this interview and you will come away inspired. Also,  there are some fascinating facts everyone should know – like the best time to book an airline flight, the best time to go to the bank or post office for the shortest wait,  how bright colored walls devalue your home and more. Mark Di Vincenzo, author of Buy Ketchup in May & Fly at Noon has researched all these things and offers some great tips to help you save time and money. Interestingly, most people hang pictures on the wall by lining up the frames. But that’s not how museums usually do it – because there is another simple way that is more pleasing to the eye. Find out in this episode. And who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? It is the perfect autumn dessert. But wait until you discover what’s really in pumpkin pie. I think you will be amazed.  
Oct 10, 2016
Accelerate Your Success By Being Scrappy
Sometimes it’s just not enough to work hard and play by the rules. Sometimes you have to be “scrappy.” Terri Sjodin author of the best-selling book Scrappy reveals what it means and how to do it well. Being scrappy is all about playing bigger, going beyond the ordinary, the element of surprise, taking a different path and standing out from the crowd. But you have to make sure you do it correctly without going too far and risk offending the very person you are trying to impress.
Oct 05, 2016
What Happens When You Die? Easy Weight Loss & How Fatherhood Changes Men
What happens when you die – or almost die? We’d all love to know the answer to that question. While skeptics say there is no life after death – many of us believe in an afterlife. And those beliefs (on either side) are pretty ingrained and are likely hard to change. However, regardless of what you believe, it is worth listening to what Dr. Jeffrey Long has to say about this. He is a radiation oncologist and has been studying near death experiences and the afterlife for a long time. His latest book, God and the Afterlife offers a fascinating look into his research as well as stories of people that are hard to refute. Plus a simple way to lose weight and the fascinating ways men change when they have a child.
Oct 03, 2016
The Airline Industry Inside the Cockpit & How to Instantly be More Likable
Air travel is the safest. But when things go wrong they go horribly wrong. So should we be concerned about airlines and pilots and what goes on in the cockpit? Aviation journalist Christine Negroni author of The Crash Detectives takes you inside the cockpit for a revealing look at what goes on. Also, 4 words you can say that will make you instantly more likable. And how everyday items we have had forever are beginning to disappear for good (keys, automatic transmission and more).
Sep 29, 2016
Amazing Ways Others Influence You, Why Employers Can't Find Good Talent & Manners that Matter
People influence in ways we don't realize. Jonah Berger author of "Invisible Influence" reveals how this works and how you can be more influential. Also, why employers have a hard time finding the right workers and how to get hired for your dream job with George Anders author of "The Rare Find." Plus etiquette rules DO matter.  Listen to the ones that really do make you look more professional and courteous.
Sep 26, 2016
How Social Media Creates The "Fear of Missing Out", Medical Miracles & Is Work/Life Balance a Myth?
Why didn't Steve Jobs let his own kids have cellphones? FOMO! "The Fear of Missing Out." Listen to what FOMO and being addicted to cellphones may be doing to you. Plus do medical miracles really happen? And the myth of work/life balance.
Sep 22, 2016
How Music Affects You, Facts You Never Knew Were True & Neat vs Messy
How does music affect your brain? Dan Levitin author of This is Your Brain on Music explores. Plus there are facts you could swear are true - that just aren't. John Lloyd author The Book of General Ignorance reveals. And which is better - neat or messy?
Sep 19, 2016
Understanding & Reducing Stress and The Law of Averages is No Law at All
Stress is mostly a distortion of your perception. Life is almost never as bad as we think. Dr. Arthur Ciaramicolli author of "The Stress Solution" reveals how to reduce your stress. Plus a better understanding of The Law of Averages (it's no law).
Sep 12, 2016
Power of Word of Mouth Marketing - Your Secret Facebook Folder and Dirty Hotel Rooms
Ted Wright author of FIZZ discusses the power of word of mouth marketing and how anyone can do it. Plus, how to find messages you may not know exist in a secret Facebook folder. And just how disgusting are hotel rooms? You'll be amazed.
Sep 09, 2016
You Are a Victim of Food Fraud & Don't Know It
Larry Olmstead author of "Real Food Fake Food" discusses the problem of food fraud. It turns out much of the food you eat isn't what you think it is - or has been altered in some way without telling you. Plus why women are better at online dating.
Sep 06, 2016
Helicopter Parents & What's Happening On Our Highways
Educator Julie Lythcott Haims author of How To Raise an Adult talks about the unintended consequences of helipcopter parents. Plus Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Door to Door has a fascinating discussion about America's highways and how you drive.
Aug 12, 2016
AOL Founder Steve Case & How to Interpret Studies & Staistics
AOL founder Steve Case discusses the future of technology. Statistician John Johnson author of "Every Data" reveals the truth behind studies and statistics. Plus how the pitch of your voice impacts your success. 
Aug 12, 2016
000 Welcome to Something You Should Know
Just a brief hello from Mike Carruthers, host of Something You Should Know. Mike explains the background and history of how the podcast started and what this new podcast is all about.  
Aug 11, 2016