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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

SYSK Choice: How to Not Do Stupid Things & How Appreciation Works

9/25/2021
I bet everyone has flushed the toilet with their foot to avoid the germs on the handle. I know I have and it turns out to be one of many well-intentioned but flawed techniques to steer clear of germs lurking in nasty places. This episode begins with some ways people try to avoid germs that fail and better ways instead. http://www.menshealth.com/health/things-that-do-not-protect-from-germs/slide/2 Smart people often do stupid things. I bet you have done dumb things and you KNOW you should...

Duration:00:46:19

Why We Need Pain to Enjoy Pleasure & Are Humans Selfish or Cooperative?

9/23/2021
“You’re call is very important to us…” Don’t you just hate hearing that? Having to call customer service can be a long and frustrating experience. So, this episode begins by discussing how to make that experience a little bit smoother. https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/customer-service-tips If you didn’t experience pain, would you appreciate pleasure as much? Do humans actually want and need pain? It’s a fascinating topic that Leigh Cowart has explored. She has put herself...

Duration:00:56:42

Why It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask & How We Determine Who and What is Beautiful

9/20/2021
What is the purpose of that ball of cotton in your bottle of pills? You probably think you know but I bet you don’t. This episode begins with an explanation of why that cotton is in there and what you should do with it. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-huge-cotton-ball-comes-pill-bottles-medicine-health-pharmacy-prescription-2017-5 I am sure you have wanted to ask someone to do something for you but felt reluctant. It seems we hate to ask people for things. Even when we do, we often say,...

Duration:00:52:01

SYSK Choice: Think Like an Ant When You Drive & Ways to Optimize Your Likability

9/18/2021
How could using reusable grocery bags affect your body? f you take your own bags to the grocery store, there may be an unintended health consequence – and it’s not good. Listen as this episode begins by revealing what happens to some people who use reusable grocery bags. https://grist.org/food/are-your-reusable-grocery-bags-making-you-fat/ Every driver has a real impact on the flow of traffic according to Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do and What It Says...

Duration:00:39:55

The Interesting Science of Conversation & How to Handle Deadlines with Ease

9/16/2021
You make a countless number of decisions every single day, from what to have for breakfast to what toothpaste to buy. This episode begins with a discussion on how humans make decisions and choices and how to recognize which ones you are probably spending too much time worrying about. https://fs.blog/2014/09/the-history-of-cognitive-overload We all spend a good portion of most days in conversations with other people. Yet, we seldom really understand what goes on “under the radar” in those...

Duration:00:53:02

Life Skills for a Better Day Every Day & The Fascinating Story of Water

9/13/2021
Have you ever felt that urge to snoop or eavesdrop on someone? Actually, everyone does it. This episode begins with a brief discussion on why humans and most other creatures eavesdrop and the purpose it serves. Source: John Locke author of the book Eavesdropping (https://amzn.to/3l7rIud) When you think about all the tasks you do throughout the day, there are probably some you could do better, easier and more efficiently. So, Erin Ruddy interviewed some top experts to find out how for her...

Duration:00:53:49

SYSK Choice: Secrets of Self-Control & The Fascinating History of Blue Jeans

9/11/2021
What could be cuter than a young child and a dog together? Yet, it could be a very dangerous situation. This episode begins with a warning about leaving young children alone with a dog even if the child and dog are familiar with each other. https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/kids-and-dogs-how-kids-should-and-should-not-interact-with-dogs/ Do you ever wish you had more willpower? It does seem that some people have a lot more of it than others. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal says you probably...

Duration:00:51:46

How DNA Affects Almost Everything About You & Understanding Your Sense of Direction

9/9/2021
Putting nitrogen in your car’s tires (instead of just plain air) is kind of a trendy thing. If you ever see those green caps on the tire’s valve stems - that is supposed to indicate a tire with nitrogen in it. Since it costs money (up to $10 or more per tire) to fill it with nitrogen, this episode begins with a discussion on what the supposed benefits are and whether it is worth it. https://www.consumerreports.org/tire-buying-maintenance/should-you-use-nitrogen-in-car-tires-a6260003694/ The...

Duration:00:53:48

What to Do When People Say No & Why You Need Friends and Where to Find Them

9/6/2021
Want to be really happy? If so, it makes sense to ask happy people what makes them happy. So we begin this episode by revealing what happy people say are the things that makes them so happy so you can be happy too! Source: John Izzo, author of The 5 Secrets You Must Know Before You Die (https://amzn.to/2DdJDLA) The one word you likely 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...

Duration:00:48:51

SYSK Choice: The Importance of Skepticism & Sucking at Anything Can be Good

9/4/2021
Here’s a question for you if you wear a watch. Have you washed it recently? I bet not. So, this episode begins with just how gross and disgusting the surface of your watch and watchband are and why they need a bath right now – today! http://www.ladbible.com/news/uk-watches-three-times-dirtier-than-toilet-seats-study-finds-20190623 There are some people believe vaccines cause autism – science says no. Some people believe in ghosts and UFOs – science says no. But just because science can’t...

Duration:00:46:24

Why Too Much Pleasure Makes You Miserable & Strategies to Achieve Financial Wellbeing

9/2/2021
You already know how important a good night’s sleep is. But how much is enough? This episode begins with some startling information about how just 15 minutes more sleep per night can make a big difference. https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/162769 We all want pleasure in life. In fact, most of us have a lot of pleasure. Maybe too much pleasure. And all that pleasure can make you miserable according to Dr. Anna Lembke. She is a psychiatrist and medical director of the Stanford Addiction...

Duration:00:52:26

Why Some People Choke Under Pressure & The Fascinating History of Food

8/30/2021
We all want to save energy and money - but does doing things like turning off lights or unplugging appliances really do much or are there other things you could do that have more impact? This episode begins with a look at what does and doesn’t do much to conserve energy and reduce your utility bill. https://www.pnas.org/content/107/37/16054 Some people seem to excel under pressure while other choke. Why? Listen as I talk with Dane Jensen, a consultant and CEO of Third Factor...

Duration:00:52:13

SYSK Choice: How to Make Money Doing What You Love & How Weather Forecasting Works

8/28/2021
When you think about preventing skin cancer, you most likely think about sunscreen and limiting sun exposure. But what about diet? Could the right diet help prevent you from getting skin cancer? This episode begins with a brief discussion on some interesting research about diet and skin cancer. https://www.skincancer.org/blog/can-your-diet-help-prevent-skin-cancer/ Imagine if you could start a successful side business with little money and get it up and running in 30 days. Does it sound...

Duration:00:53:00

The Secrets of Nonverbal Communication & Strategies to Make the Most of Your Contacts

8/26/2021
Not all that long ago, just about everyone had a landline home telephone. It had one phone number and everyone in the house used that number. Things sure have changed. How have they changed? This episode begins by discussing how many U.S. homes still have landlines, how many don’t and (surprisingly) how many U.S. homes have no telephone of any kind at all. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/study-only-40-percent-us-households-have-landline-135212 Body language and nonverbal communication...

Duration:00:54:59

The Real Difference Between Introverts and Extroverts & How Your Brain Processes Odors

8/23/2021
Interruptions can be infuriating - especially at work. They can ruin your concentration and your productivity. However, there may be an upside to getting interruptions that balance out those negatives. I begin this episode with information about a new study that shows that interruptions have a silver lining. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210803175253.htm Is being an introvert or extrovert determined by conditioning or are you born that way? And is being one better than the...

Duration:00:52:42

SYSK Choice: Happiness Through Decluttering & The Magic of Calculus You Use Everyday

8/21/2021
Even though you know money is filthy dirty, it can still make you feel good. This episode begins by explaining how the simple act of handling money can make you feel a lot better if you are feeling a bit down. And the weird thing is, it doesn’t even have to be your money. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/6199932/Counting-money-makes-people-feel-better-about-themselves.html When you walk into a tidy, clean and organized room, does it make you feel better? Calmer? It does...

Duration:00:52:01

The Purpose and Benefits of Gossip & The Cure for Busyness

8/19/2021
Do you hold hands with your mate? If you don’t, you probably should. This episode begins with a brief discussion on the benefits of holding hands - and I bet you haven’t heard them before. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/fashion/05hands.html Who doesn’t like a bit of juicy gossip? The fact is everyone gossips and it turns out to be a good thing. Gossip serves a lot of useful functions in our personal and professional lives. Frank McAndrew is one of the leading researchers on gossip and he...

Duration:00:51:30

The Secrets of Happy Families & A Forensic Scientist on What Human Remains Tell Us

8/16/2021
If you are not a celebrity, how do you get a table at a busy restaurant that is all booked up? This episode begins with some advice that can often work wonders in getting you that table - if you do it right. Source: Frank Luntz author of Words That Work (https://amzn.to/37Ay5A8) Every family wants to be happy. Still, many are not and are quite dysfunctional. So, when you look at families that ARE happy, what do those families do to create that sense of happiness and calm and reduce the...

Duration:00:53:12

SYSK Choice: The Biggest Lies About Work & Achieving Financial Wellness

8/14/2021
Selling items on eBay can be fun and profitable. And there are a few little tricks than can make it even more profitable. I begin this episode by revealing some strategies above and beyond good photos and descriptions that can bring you more money. that. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/money/a38347/how-to-make-money-on-ebay/ We have all heard things like; workers improve when they get feedback or a company’s culture is the key to success. And everyone knows that good leadership is what...

Duration:00:55:23

Learn to Be Luckier Instantly & How to Better Spend the Time You Have

8/12/2021
Ever watch a TV chef put seasoning on food? Often, they sprinkle the herbs and spices from high up? This episode begins with an explanation of why they do that and why you should to. https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/5791-sprinkling-seasonings-from-high-up Do you believe in luck? Sure, everyone gets lucky occasionally but are there things you can do that will make you lucky more often and make you actually feel like a lucky person? After being in a serious car crash, Karla Starr...

Duration:00:48:47