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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...

Duration: 00:50:02

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...

Duration: 00:43:25

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...

Duration: 00:42:59

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...

Duration: 00:45:46

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...

Duration: 00:41:17

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...

Duration: 00:42:19

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...

Duration: 00:45:26

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,...

Duration: 00:40:01

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...

Duration: 00:38:30

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 is 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...

Duration: 00:44:25

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...

Duration: 00:42:29

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...

Duration: 00:45:38

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...

Duration: 00:38:17

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...

Duration: 00:43:56

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...

Duration: 00:47:53

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...

Duration: 00:50:52

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...

Duration: 00:49:49

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...

Duration: 00:45:40

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...

Duration: 00:49:57

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...

Duration: 00:52:01

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