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Something You Should Know

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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.

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.

Location:

Southport, CT

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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.

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@mike_sysk

Language:

English

Contact:

Strand Media 2651 Catherine Rd. Altadena, CA 91001 (626) 460 - 8261


Episodes

How the Internet Alters Your Brain & Why You Should Let the World See Your Weirdness

7/29/2021
Everyone doodles. It is just something we do, especially when listening to a boring speaker. Yet doodling is actually not a distraction - it can really help your memory. Listen as I begin this episode by explaining how. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090226210039.htm Is the Internet messing with your mind? It certainly is according to Nicholas Carr who took a close look at the research on this for his book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains...

Duration:00:51:57

The Science of How You Spend Money & How to Set Boundaries People Will Respect

7/26/2021
Do you like your signature? What message does it send to the people who see it? This episode begins with some insight into how other people might make assumptions about you based solely on how you sign your name. https://graciousliving.typepad.com/the_write_event/2003/11/what_does_your_.html Do you spend money on things that really make you happy? Is another pair of shoes or pair of pants really going to make a positive difference in your life? We often think so at the time of purchase but...

Duration:00:53:03

SYSK Choice: How to Avoid Getting Hacked & Can AI Save Healthcare?

7/24/2021
We can all do a little bit to improve our driving skills. For example, do you turn your headlights on when you drive during the day? You should – and that is just one of several things I discuss that can instantly make you a better and safer driver. http://www.cracked.com/article_20106_6-little-known-driving-tips-that-couldsave-your-life_p2.html Have you been hacked? Most certainly you have - everyone has according to Marcus Carey who is a cybersecurity expert and what you call a “white hat...

Duration:00:44:26

Why Time Flies When You Are Having Fun & What Your Stuff Says About You

7/22/2021
Wi-Fi is great except when the microwave oven is on. At least that is the case 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 or fix that? This episode begins by exploring the microwave/Wi-Fi conflict. http://io9.com/why-does-your-microwave-oven-mess-with-the-wi-fi-connec-1666117933 There is a general belief that times go by faster as you get older. And most of us have experienced the...

Duration:00:43:30

Mysteries of the Human Body & Why You Should Know What Your Coworkers Earn

7/19/2021
A common ingredient listed on perfumes, colognes, soaps and lotions is “fragrance.” That doesn’t tell you much. This episode begins with an explanation of why manufacturers don’t have to list more detail than that and why you should be at least a little concerned. https://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/fragrance/ Why do we get headaches? What is jet lag? How does vomiting actually work? What causes bad breath and how do you get rid of it? Dr. Sarah Holper author of...

Duration:00:53:29

SYSK Choice: How to Ask Great Questions & Escaping Your Emotional Baggage

7/17/2021
Everyone know that texting and driving is dangerous. But why is it so much more dangerous than driving and drinking coffee or driving and talking to a passenger or driving and tuning the radio? This episode starts with what turns out to be a very good answer to that question. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uoh-ass050916.php Asking questions is important. That’s how we learn new things and connect with other people. So it stands to reason that asking better questions will help...

Duration:00:46:53

The Science of Who You Love - and Why & What Strangers Do To You

7/15/2021
In the last several years, a lot of different kinds of salt have popped up on store shelves. It used to be just salt and kosher salt. Now there is sea salt, Himalayan salt, pink salt and a million more it seems. So what’s the difference? This episode begins with an explanation. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/sea-salt/faq-20058512 Love is interesting. We crave it and yet love can also be the source of incredible pain and misery. Truth...

Duration:00:53:07

Unusual Ways Technology Affects You & The Strange Science of Sweat

7/12/2021
You have probably noticed that aluminum foil has a shiny side and a dull side. Why? What’s the difference - and why do some recipes call for it to be either shiny side up or shiny side down? This episode begins with an explanation. https://culinarylore.com/food-science:aluminum-foil-shiny-side-up-or-down/ How did radio technology help create the quartz watch? How did railroad technology reshape how we celebrate Christmas? How did the telegraph change the way we speak? These are just a few of...

Duration:00:48:38

SYSK Choice: Why Your Mind and Brain Are Different & Understanding Insecurity

7/10/2021
Anyone who travels knows you often don’t sleep well on the first night at your new destination - especially if you have travelled across time zones. This experience is so common it has a name – it is called the “First Night Effect.” This episode begins with an explanation for why it happens and some advice to counter the effects. http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822%2816%2930174-9 You know you have a mind but what exactly is it? I know that’s a weird question but think...

Duration:00:47:31

The Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life & What Does it Mean to Be Alive?

7/8/2021
When you order something online, do you then track the package to see where it is and when it is coming? This episode begins with the results of a survey about how people track their orders and why and how they hate it when a package is late. https://blog.4over.com/delivery-tracking-consumers-statistics Do you know how soap and moisturizers work? Do you know how caffeine keeps you awake? It’s all chemistry! Everything you do and everywhere you go there is a lot of fascinating chemistry going...

Duration:00:52:03

Why Businesses Charge Sneaky Fees & Where Slang Comes From

7/5/2021
You’ve washed your hands a million times. Yet there is a pretty good chance you are probably doing it incorrectly. Over the last year and a half we have all learned that hand washing is important - still people often to spend the time or use the right technique. So we begin this episode with some expert hand washing advice. https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/10-ways-youre-washing-your-hands-wrong Nothing is more infuriating to me than paying sneaky little fees. There are fees...

Duration:00:43:19

SYSK Choice: The Science Behind Aliens and UFOs & How to Deal With Gaslighting

7/3/2021
Are you neat or messy? You most likely have a preference for either a neat or a cluttered work environment. There is a general assumption that neat is better - but is it? It apparently depends on what type of work you are doing. Those two types of environments have an impact on you that affect the way you think. We begin this episode by exploring that. https://www.medicaldaily.com/clean-environment-leads-healthier-behavior-messy-desk-inspires-creativity-249383 Have you seen those videos shot...

Duration:00:46:14

Why Watching Sports Is Really Good for You & Simple Strategies to A Great Relationship

7/1/2021
Moms have been passing down health and beauty advice for generations and some of it is just plain wrong! Listen as we bust some myths about some of the things mom told you that just are not true. https://www.everbeautiful.com/2010/1622/ten-popular-beauty-myths-debunked Could being a sports fan actually be good for you? Actually, yes in several different ways according to writer Larry Olmsted author of the book is called Fans: How Watching Sports Makes us Happier, Healthier and More...

Duration:00:51:37

The Impact of Keeping Secrets & Why Unreturned Messages Drive Us Crazy

6/28/2021
Hard to imagine a hot summer day without a can of soda or beer. Before the mid-60s those cans were absolutely useless unless you had a can opener handy. This episode begins with the story of the pop-top can and how it changed everything. https://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Ermal_Fraze You have a secret. Everyone has a secret - probably many secrets. Even though we all have them, carrying around secrets can really do us harm according to Michael Slepian, one of the leading researchers on the...

Duration:00:45:14

SYSK Choice: Why Great Ideas Fail First & Compulsion Investigated

6/26/2021
Do you know what happens to your brain when you are sleeping? In a sense, a cleaning crew gets in there to clean out all the toxins so that your brain works better the next day. I know it sounds weird but it is exactly what happens. Listen as I begin this episode with that explanation. http://ens-newswire.com/2013/10/18/brain-cleans-itself-of-toxins-during-sleep/ Failure is often part of success. In fact, most great breakthrough ideas fail first and then get modified before they became a...

Duration:00:44:52

The Human Need to Own Things & The Origins of American Cuisine

6/24/2021
Have you ever had déjà vu - that feeling that what you are experiencing now, you have experienced before? Most people have. This episode begins with some interesting insight into what it is, why it occurs and when and where it is most likely to occur. Source: Marie Jones author of The Déjà Vu Enigma (https://amzn.to/3xB94j3). We all have the need to own something according to psychologist Bruce Hood, author of the book Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need (https://amzn.to/3iRBpxv) From...

Duration:00:49:16

How to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World & Expert Strategies For Managing Time

6/21/2021
How does music affect your feelings and emotions? This episode begins by looking at some interesting research that shows how just the right music can influence how you feel. https://www.theregister.com/2010/06/21/mood_music/ Do you feel safe? What would happen if your safety was threatened - would you know what to react? Is your home an easy target for burglars? These are important questions you should ask yourself according to Spencer Coursen. Spencer is a nationally recognized threat...

Duration:00:47:53

SYSK Choice: Completely Control Your Time & Perfect Health for Your Pet

6/19/2021
It just happens that sometimes you have to ask a stranger for a favor. Perhaps you need to borrow their phone or help you carry something. And there is one proven way that will greatly increase the chances they will grant you that favor. I begin this episode by telling you what it is. http://www.medicaldaily.com/likeability-trustworthy-how-be-popular-377296 Your time is precious. So how you mange, control and perceive the time you have is critical. Time, performance and productivity expert...

Duration:00:42:02

How to Have More Good Days (and Fewer Bad Ones) & Amazing Facts You Haven’t Heard

6/17/2021
Dogs are fascinating. The things they do, the ways they behave are so interesting to watch. Plus, the fact that most dogs give their owners unconditional love - hard to beat that. 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 what those two flavors are and some other interesting facts about what your dog is really thinking. (Paulette Cooper author of 27 Secrets Your Dog Wants You To Know)...

Duration:00:48:08

What Are You Afraid of and Why? & Communication Strategies To Make You Influential

6/14/2021
Ask people what their favorite number is and you will get a lot of different answers. But if you ask thousands of people, one number emerges as the clear winner? This episode begins with what that number is and why so many people like it and consider it lucky. Source: Alex Bellos author of Here’s Looking at Euclid (https://amzn.to/3wgjt3z) What are you afraid of? Spiders? The dark? Public speaking? We are all afraid of something at some time - and that feeling of fear can be very powerful....

Duration:00:48:31