Start off your day with fun, entertaining and useful conversations that will help you improve yourself, your family, and your community! Weekdays at 8a ET/5a PT.
Start off your day with fun, entertaining and useful conversations that will help you improve yourself, your family, and your community! Weekdays at 8a ET/5a PT.
Asking Better Questions, Vintage Home Finds, Work from Home Shift, Becoming a Morning Person, ACT Prep
Asking Better Questions (0:00:00)
Questions are the key to making connections. And, no matter how good or bad we think we are we can always get better at asking questions. Here to help us out we’ve invited Roi Ben-Yehuda onto the show. He’s a professor of conflict resolution at both Columbia University and John Jay College and a leadership trainer at LifeLabs Learning.
Vintage Homes Finds (0:31:53)
We all have that one friend. The friend whose home is filled with beautiful and unique pieces that he or she bought at some random thrift store or flea market for a song. However, on the other end of the spectrum, is the person who walks into thrift store only to leave an hour later empty-handed and wondering how on earth person #1 does it. I don’t know about you, but I want to learn to be more like person #1. Fortunately for us, friend of the show Carrie Ann Rhodes is here to teach us how.
The Work from Home Shift (0:52:45)
When we all moved online for work back in March, none of us knew that we were in for months of working from home. And while a few things have been re-opening, millions of Americans are still pulling the 9-to-5 on their laptops. While it did have it’s challenges in the beginning, as we work towards getting used to the new normal, what have we learned, what will change in the future and what will stay the same? Here to share her insight with us is environmental psychologist Kati Peditto.
Becoming a Morning Person (1:15:15)
As much as sleeping in till 1 pm might be ideal for you, the real world doesn’t often allow us such luxuries. Work, school, and other responsibilities demand that we get out of bed before or shortly after the sun rises. So how is the night owl supposed to survive when the early bird gets the worm? Joining us today to teach us how anyone can become a morning person is Dr. Chris Winter, a renowned neurologist and sleep specialist.
ACT Prep (1:24:30)
For many of you with teenagers, I’m sure the thought of getting your child into college and then paying for itis enough to keep you up at night, cause chest pain, and turn your hair grey. However, you can reduce some of this stress by properly preparing your kids for the ACT and SAT. Not only will preparation secure your kids’ acceptance into college, but it could also lead to scholarships and thousands of dollars in savings. Here to help us know how we can help our kids prepare for college-entrance exams, we have Hannah Baker from Magoosh—a test-prep organization dedicated to “helping students achieve their educational dreams.”
Children's Eye Care, Power of a Pause, The Science of Play, Chadwick Boseman's Legacy, Weekend Review
Children’s Eye Care and Remote Schoolwork (0:00:00)
Many of our kids are glued to their computer screens for many hours as a result of remote learning. In fact, they’re surpassing their screen time limits to the dismay of their parents. But there’s a reason why screen time limits are a thing. Not only do they keep children off the internet for too long, they also help keep your eyes healthy. So, what can we do to keep our children’s eyes safe as they occupy their online classrooms this semester? Joining us this morning is Dr. David Guyton, a professor of pediatric ophthalmology, here with us to discuss how to care for your child’s eyes during remote learning.
The Power of a Pause (0:18:21)
Since the March shutdowns, life has slowed down, and even stopped for each of us. Sometimes it feels like we’re trapped in a moment in time as everything we looked forward to this year was cancelled or put on hold. While this hasn’t been ideal, maybe this pause has given us something extremely valuable.
So, what is the gift we can take away from this time? Our friends Kim Howie and Nancy Werteen from The Wisdom Coalition join us today to help us understand the power this pause has in in our lives.
The Science of Outdoor Play (0:34:36)
Growing up, summertime was sacred. Every moment, from the time I left in the morning till I got home at night, was a treasure. However, it seems like the days once marked by countless hours of adult-free, outdoor play are steadily growing to be a thing of the past. More and more playtime seems to be relegated to the confines of the playroom, or worse, a phone screen. The consequences of this decrease in the amount of active, outdoor play could be significant. Here to discuss the importance of outdoor, active play and how it affects our brain development is biologist and outdoor advocate, Dr. Carla Hannaford.
The Legacy of Chadwick Boseman (0:52:46)
We were heartbroken and shocked along with the rest of the world to hear about the passing of Chadwick Boseman late last month. Chadwick was best known for his role as T’Challa in Black Panther. After an unknown 4-year battle with colon cancer, Chadwick passed away on August, 28th. As we’ve been working to make peace with this loss, we wanted to take a moment today to reflect on his life, work and legacy. Here to share his thoughts with us is race and culture writer Tre Johnson.
Weekend Review (1:30:34)
Richie talks us through what there is to do this weekend, from the newest shows coming to streaming services, to the New York Times Bestseller list, to what going on in your community.
Boston Harbor, Stray Animals, Culture Syndrome, A World Together, Mini Book Club, Mental Toll
Boston Harbor Islands National Park (0:00:00)
When you think about a vacation, do you think of stargazing, camping, fishing, swimming, or visiting the coast? Today we’re talking about a national park that offers all of that and more to its visitors. Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is just a few minutes away from downtown Boston, making it a unique and fun place to visit. Plus, you have the chance to check out their city’s fun shops and restaurants after enjoying the park. Cathy Radonic is an employee at Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. We’ve invited her onto the show today to tell us more about this beautiful place.
Helping Stray Animals (0:13:57)
Pets are adored by millions of people around the world–we idolize them through memes, capture their funny behavior, and even make them cute little outfits to wear. But with how easy it is to own a pet in our country, there comes an unfortunate side effect: pet homelessness. There are nearly 70 million stray animals currently living in the U.S. Because of these sizeable populations, it’s not uncommon to see a stray animal during your daily routine, but it’s hard to know what to do when you find one. So how do you identify if an animal is stray, and what should you do to help if it’s lost? Joining us on the show today is Sundays Hunt, the state director for the Utah Humane Society, here with us to discuss the best ways to help stray pets.
Culture Bound Syndrome (0:33:47)
Depression, anxiety, OCD—all mental illnesses with which most Americans are familiar, having either experienced it themselves or knowing someone who has. But what about a sickness like Koro or Hwa-byung or reflechi twòp? Unless you or your family comes from Singapore or Korea or Haiti, it’s unlikely that you’ve had any experience with or have even heard of these ailments. Rather, these are all examples of illnesses known as culture-bound syndromes. Here to discuss with us what culture bound syndromes are and how the American method of diagnosing and treating mental illnesses can benefit from their study, is Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center and Professor Dr. David Henderson.
A World Together (0:52:50)
When we were kids and the world seemed confusing or scary, there were special books, TV shows or movies that we could go to comfort and understanding. For kids across generations, Sesame Street was one of those havens. And now, Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, is working to provide a new source of comfort and understanding through writing, with her new book A World Together. Here to tell us a little bit more about her work is Sonia herself.
Mini Book Club: Fan Fiction (1:08:50)
Rachel Wadham, of BYU Radio’s World’s Awaiting, talks with Lisa and Richie about the fan fiction books that are actually worth checking out.
The Mental Toll of School (1:19:11)
As adults, we’ve done a lot of growing this year. And so have our kids! Especially concerning school, our kids have experienced a great deal of change and extra stress. And similar to how us adults need exercise, meditation and time to bake our banana bread in order to get through the difficulties, our kids also need coping mechanisms. So to help us know exactly how we can help our kids cope with the mental and emotional toll this school year is having on them, we’ve invited Bethanie Monsen-Ford, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, on the show today. To learn more about the resources that she mentioned, you can visit NAMI, Sesame Street Toolkits for Parents and Caregivers, and NASP.
Everyday Rockstar, Work/Play Balance, Refugee and Immigrant Students, Shiners, Mental Health Alarm, Healthy Dogs, ALS Legislation
Everyday Rockstar (0:00:00)
Lisa and Richie talk with this week’s featured Everyday Rockstar. You can nominate yourself or someone you know by sending us an email at email@example.com.
Work/Play Balance for Kids (0:08:18)
Finding the balance between work and play seems to be one of the everlasting struggles as an adult. But have you ever thought of it as a problem for children too? We send them to school to learn from teachers and books, but the skills they develop during playtime can be just as important to their development in other ways. So how do you find that sweet spot between work and play? Joining us on the show today is Jeanne-Marie Paynel, a parenting mentor and home consultant, here with us to discuss helping your child balance their work time and play time.
Servicing Refugee and Immigrant Students (0:23:37)
The early years of our schooling experiences are hard. We try to add our letters and read our numbers and it seems impossible that we’ll ever get them straight. But eventually things fall into place and we get the hang of school. However, this experience is not shared by all school kids. There are many students who have experienced interrupted schooling and for whom English is likely not their mother tongue. These students typically come from immigrant and refugee populations and have very different educational needs than those who don’t face these barriers. Here to discuss what the educational needs are of these immigrant and refugee students and how to meet these needs is Dr. Lisa Auslander, Principal Investigator and Project Director for New York City’s Bridges to Academic Success.
What image comes to mind when you think of shoe shining? Maybe a busy train station or a stand at an international airport. Probably tall, high-backed chairs occupied by people reading a newspaper. But what about the people in front of the stand, the shoe shiners themselves? What’s their story and what led them to shoe shining? Maybe they see it as an art form, or maybe it’s just a job that pays the bills. Well, Stacey Tenenbaum asked these same questions, so she set out to find answers. Here to discuss the stories of those in this underappreciated industry is the director of the documentary series "Shiners", Stacey Tenenbaum herself.
Your Mental Health Alarm (1:01:20)
Over the last few years there has been a lot of focus on spreading awareness of the importance of mental health. Awareness is a fantastic first step, but how do we take care of our mental health? How do we even recognize that we NEED to focus on our mental health? It doesn’t always come naturally to take a step back and really think about your headspace. Are we having healthy thought patterns? Are we handling our stressors well? There’s so much to keep track of! Luckily for us, there are oftentimes “mental health alarms” that can alert us to the fact that we may need to pay some attention to our mental health. Joining us today to teach us about tuning in to our mental health alarms is Stacy Penright. Between her busy job as a business initiatives consultant with Wells Fargo and her work with her nonprofit “Respect My Voice,” Stacy has had plenty of practice learning to pay attention to her mental health alarms.
Keeping Your Dog Healthy (1:19:30)
Germany’s parliament has recently proposed a law that orders all dog owners to walk their dogs for at least two hours a day. While keeping our most loyal companions physically active is extremely important, is the law reasonable? Life can be busy and two hours can be a huge chunk of our day, and some dogs may not even need two whole hours. So how do we know what’s best for our own dog? Joining us today is veterinarian and host of the podcast Vet School Unleashed, Dr. Seth Williams who is here to answer all our quest
Humanitize, Child Protective Services, Rollerblading, Performing Better, Difficult Conversations, Winter Gardens
There’s something powerful about doing service for someone you’ve never met before. Even though the most you might know about them is where they live or what language they speak, the connection that comes from sacrificing your time to serve a stranger can change how you see the world. However, many people shy away from doing humanitarian work due to the many requirements like a second language, long-term commitment, or a special education. So, we wanted to talk to an organization that makes it more accessible for people. Joining us today is Katie Walther, the founder of humanitarian organization Humanitize, here with us to discuss the power of humanitarian work and how you can get involved.
Child Protective Services (0:19:47)
In any given year, Child Protective Services is responsible for checking on up to 3 and a half million abused or neglected children. CPS is often seen in a negative light by many. They are just there to take away children, put them in the foster care system, and never give them back, right? Wrong. Any social worker will tell you it’s much more complex than that. Joining us today is Diane Moore, the leader of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.
Is Rollerblading a Good Workout? (0:35:46)
Rollerblading is making a comeback! And while most rollerbladers these days aren’t sporting light-up wheels and neon straps, it’s just as trendy now as it was in the 90’s. But don’t be fooled at how effortless it looks on TikTok, rollerblading is a workout. That’s why we invited Sergio Pedemonte, founder of Your House Fitness onto the show. He’s here to discuss questions like “is rollerblading is the secret to 6-pack abs?”
Performing Better in Life (0:52:46)
Every day there’s more work to do. Laundry never ends. Cooking is a constant, because everyone has to eat. And school and our jobs take up 5 of the 7 days in the week. Our increasing to-do lists can be so intimidating and stressful that it can be easy to put them off rather than push through them productively. So what can we do to be more productive today? To help us out we called in Siimon Reynolds, a productivity expert who’s mentored some of the most successful CEOs and Entrepreneurs.
Having Difficult Conversations (1:12:19)
One of the most terrifying things in life is having a difficult conversation with someone you care about. Whatever the topic of conversation is... money, reconciliation, moving... there is fear of disappointment, conflict, anger, and more. We know that we can have these difficult conversations in a graceful manner, but how? Ganel-Lyn Condie is a motivational speaker who works to help people find joy in their lives. She joins us today to discuss how we can have these difficult conversations.
Preparing Your Garden for Winter (1:28:54)
As we enter the fall, we quite literally get to enjoy the fruits of our labor as we harvest from our gardens that we've been taking care of all year. But what do we do after all our tomatoes are gone and our last flower is shriveled up? We're joined by gardening expert Mike Lizotte from American Meadows to talk about what we can do to prepare for the winter months.
Trusting Online Reviews, Excessive Spending, COVID Holidays, Allergy Proofing, Urban Institute, Toxic Friendships
Trusting Online Reviews (0:00:00)
In today’s digital world, online reviews are often the ultimate factor in deciding whether you buy a product. Understanding these reviews used to be simple: if it has a hundred five-star reviews, it’s reliable; if it has eight reviews and they’re all below three stars, you know to look elsewhere. But as more and more people have started using fake reviews to boost their numbers, it’s hard to know what to believe what we read online anymore. So how can we know when to trust these reviews? Today we are joined by Saoud Khalifah, the founder of a review-tracking software called “Fakespot”, here with us to talk about recognizing authentic reviews.
Excessive Spending (0:22:41)
A car payment. Clarinet lessons. Groceries. All things that might be in your budget this month. But, during this time of economic uncertainty, a lot of families are finding that they have to work with a tighter budget. How do we determine “wants” from “needs” and cut out the excessive spending? Here to help us navigate this issue is Liz Frazier, our favorite family financial planner and new Director of Financial Education for Copper—the teenage banking app.
COVID-19 Holiday Gatherings (0:38:19)
The leaves are beginning to turn and so is the temperature, which can only mean one thing—the holiday season is upon. Before we know it we’ll be tricker treating, roasting a turkey, and decking the halls. However, the holidays this year will likely look a little different from those of years past—thus prompting the question, what will the holiday season look with social distancing guidelines remaining in effect? Here to answer this question and give us some tips on planning intentional holiday gatherings is friend of the show, Carrie Ann Rhodes.
Allergy Proofing Your House (0:52:48)
Does vacuuming send you into a flurry of sneezing? Or maybe it’s the cat hair floating in the air. Either way, certain environmental factors in your home are likely responsible for your swollen eyes and runny nose. Luckily, there’s things we can do to prevent allergy symptoms before they even start. Here to help us understand what might be causing the sneezing and to allergy-proof our homes is Kenneth Mendez, CEO and President of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The Urban Institute (1:12:50)
Out of the many hats we wear as parents, we never really seem to take off the one of “teacher.” We teach our kids the important things like how to walk, talk, and read. We also teach them the menial things, like how to choose the best brand of ice cream at the grocery store. As our kids grow up and enter their teenage years, do you ever find yourself wishing you could teach them more about the real, working world? Well thanks to youth apprenticeship programs, you can! Today, we’re talking with Zach Boren from Urban Institute on how your children can learn invaluable lessons and be better prepared for the workforce through such programs.
Toxic Friendships (1:27:08)
We often hear the term “toxic relationship” and with the more life experience we get, the more we are able to identify these kinds of relationships in our lives. But, it’s hard to notice the red flags when we truly care about someone. And if we let them go on for too long, these relationships can be emotionally damaging. To help you identify toxic people in your lives and discuss how you can heal from the damage they cause, we’ve invited. Suzanne Degges-White, a counselor, professor and author, on the show today to share her expert advice.