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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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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.

    The Myths and Science of Losing Weight & How Humans Have Redefined Nature

    The Myths and Science of Losing Weight & How Humans Have Redefined Nature

    If you are booking a commercial flight, what is the best seat to choose? You might want to look at row 49. Listen as I explain why flight attendant Sandra Jeenie Kwon (who has 7 million social media followers) says row 49 is where you will find the best seat on the flight. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10115201/Flight-attendant-reveals-best-seat-plane-four-rows-back.html
    Who hasn’t thought, “ I could stand to lose 5-10 pounds”? It seems like everyone wishes they weighed less. Yet, as anyone who has tried knows, it isn’t easy. One big reason it is hard is that there are a lot of myths about what works and what doesn’t work. Listen to my guest Robert Davis. He is an award-winning health journalist and author of the book Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat (https://amzn.to/3ptX41Q) . He explodes the popular myths and explains the most effective and efficient ways to shed pounds according to real science.
     Humans have and continue to mess with nature - not necessarily in a bad way but we do make changes that would otherwise not be made. For example, we modify food, we domesticate animals, we protect other species and their habitats from danger, we eradicate diseases and so on. We have altered nature in many ways - sometimes good, sometimes not. Joining me to discuss what that means to us today and in the future is biologist Beth Shapiro author of the book Life As We Made It: How 50,000 Years of Human Innovation Refined—and Redefined—Nature (https://amzn.to/3G8vAVy). 
    If there was an emergency and something happened to you, how would medical workers know who to call or what medications you are allergic too? Listen as I explain how your cellphone can speak for you when you can’t - if you set it up right in the first place. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/android-iphone-emergency-contact-ice_l_5ce2e6aee4b075a35a2b9250
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    • 55 min
    SYSK Choice: The Power of Good Storytelling & Changing Jobs for Success

    SYSK Choice: The Power of Good Storytelling & Changing Jobs for Success

    Is it possible to work and stay focused in a messy office or environment? This question has actually been tested by researchers at Princeton to see. Listen and find out what they discovered. https://aurorastorage.com/resources/additional-resources/workspace-clutter-reduces-focus-and-productivity/
    For centuries people have used storytelling as a powerful way to communicate. The reason is - it is very effective. That is why great speakers and leaders use stories to make their point and win people over to their side. Carmine Gallo, keynote speaker and former journalist is the author of the book The Storyteller’s Secret (https://amzn.to/2LYPWXc). He joins me to talk about the power of stories and how anyone can tell a great story to make their point and connect with other people.
    Are there old Hot Wheels cars in your house? Millions of us have played with Hot Wheels cars and some of the early ones are incredibly valuable. One sold for $125,000 a few years ago! Discover what you need to look for in your search for old Hot Wheels cars around your house are worth big bucks. http://mentalfloss.com/article/86634/11-collectible-facts-about-hot-wheels
    It used to be that staying in the same job showed security and stability. Today, that is not necessarily the case. The employment landscape is constantly changing. It has to, since so many careers and even entire industries disappear while others seem to pop up out of nowhere. Understanding how the world of employment has changed can help you find the right job and the right career for you. Dawn Graham is host of “Career Talk” on SiriusXM Radio as well as a regular contributor to Forbes.com. Dawn is also Career Director for the Executive MBA Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the book Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers — and Seize Success (https://amzn.to/2OFWcFj). Listen as she offers her great advice on how to stay relevant in today’s job market and maneuver into the perfect job for you.
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    • 52 min
    How Medical Breakthroughs Really Happen & The History of Clothes

    How Medical Breakthroughs Really Happen & The History of Clothes

    There are a lot of benefits to being a happy person. This episode begins by discussing one more reason to look at the bright side of life that can really pay off in your later years. https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2021/09/421506/happiness-early-adulthood-may-protect-against-dementia
    The only way medicine makes advances is by testing new drugs, vaccines and procedures on people. It's very risky and comes at a steep price according to Dr. Paul Offit an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - and author of the book You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions, To Mass Vaccinations, The Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation (https://amzn.to/3BXN4S6). Listen as he explains the history of medical breakthroughs and how many brave people have made huge sacrifices so you and I can live longer and healthier than ever before. It is a important story of unsung heroes you need to hear. 
    How long have people been making fabrics and wearing clothes? How were early fabrics and textiles made? How have fabrics changed history? These are all questions addressed by my guest Kassia St. Clair author of the book The Golden Thread How Fabric Changed History (https://amzn.to/3vq3ZdB) While we tend to take fabrics and clothes for granted, listen and you will be amazed at how important fabrics have been to human civilization. 
    Have you heard about this list of 20 official haunted houses and places put out by the U.S. Department of Commerce? It’s been mentioned in articles and on the radio - but does this list really exist? Listen and find out. https://www.hauntjaunts.net/officially-haunted-places-fact-or-faked/
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    • 52 min
    Consciousness: What It Means to be You & What Really Makes Every Dog Happy

    Consciousness: What It Means to be You & What Really Makes Every Dog Happy

    Becoming a homeowner is a big goal for so many people. It is part of the American dream. But is owning a home always better than renting? This episode begins with some interesting facts that may make renting more attractive. https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/so-you-think-owning-a-home-will-make-you-happy-dont-be-too-sure/
    Also, here is the link to the home ownership/rental calculator: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html
    What is your consciousness? What does it mean to be you? I know it sounds a little out-there - but I want you to listen to Anil Seth. He is a professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Author of the book, Being You: A New Science of Consciousness (https://amzn.to/3DvkibU). Listening to this conversation will really make you think about how you experience the world and why your experience is so different than everyone else’s. 
    Did you know that for many breeds, dogs are living shorter lives than they did just 10 years ago? Surprising huh? Also, there is new research about what is most effective to help your dog live a long and healthy life. Listen as I discuss all of this and more with veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker author of The Forever Dog: Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live Younger, Healthier, and Longer (https://amzn.to/3aBK0yQ). She also describes how she found a dog that lived to be 30 years old and the reasons for such a long life.
    Air fresheners supposedly clean the air and get rid of odors. But do they really? Are they even safe? Listen as I discuss what the EPA says about commercial air fresheners and what you need to know to keep your family safe. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132316304334
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    Get $15 off your first box of premium seafood when you visit https://WildAlaskanCompany.com/Something
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    • 55 min
    SYSK Choice: How to Figure Out Anything & The Art of Statistics

    SYSK Choice: How to Figure Out Anything & The Art of Statistics

    It is called the “psychology of requests.” That is, if you want someone to do something for you, it is all about how you phrase it. This episode begins with a discussion on the best ways to ask people, so they respond the way you want and do things you want them to. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/09/persuasive-techniques-that-actually-work.html
    Every day you are presented with problems. According to my guest Marie Forleo, all those problems can be solved with the right attitude and the right approach. Marie Forleo is a wildly popular entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist, optimist and author of the book, Everything is Figureoutable (https://amzn.to/32NIeVw). Listen as she offers a fresh way to look at and solve the problems of life. Marie’s website is www.MarieForleo.com 
    Of course, you know that it’s not polite to stare. Still, people stare. So, if you do, how long can you stare before you creep people out? Listen as I reveal the exact number of seconds – down to a tenth of a second so you will now know proper staring etiquette. http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/3/7/160086
    Statistics are funny. It seems you can make them say whatever you want – in fact you can just make them up out of thin air and likely never get caught. Unless of course you are talking with my guest, David Spiegelhalter. He is a British statistician and Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He is also author of the book The Art of Statistics (https://amzn.to/30amC8T). David joins me to reveal how best to use statistics to bolster your own argument and how to question other people when they use statistics to make sure they are real and relevant.
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    • 48 min
    Why You Make the Choices You Make & The Upside of Being Selfish

    Why You Make the Choices You Make & The Upside of Being Selfish

    Passwords are a real pain. If it is too random, you can’t remember. If you it too easy, you could easily be hacked. So this episode begins with a simple formula to create a new password that you will remember and no one else will ever guess. Source: Eran Katz author of Where Did Noah Park The Ark (https://amzn.to/3at5fmx).
    When you are asked to make a choice, your decision on what to choose is influenced by so many things including how the options are presented to you, who is presenting them and so much more. This is called “choice architecture” and it’s important to understand. One of the leading experts on choice architecture is Eric Johnson, Director of the Center for Decision Sciences at The Columbia Business School and author of the book The Elements of Choice: Why the Way We Decide Matters (https://amzn.to/3mK49bN). Listen as Eric explains how other people and situations influence your choices and how you influences the choices other people make - often without even realizing it 
    Everyone lies. And we do it for all the same reasons. Listen as I explain why we lie, how lying works and how it starts at a very early age. https://www.ted.com/speakers/kang_lee
    Selfishness is primarily seen as a negative. Yet, maybe we should be a little more selfish a little more often according to Michelle Elman. Michelle is a coach, speaker and author who has been named 1 of the 50 most inspirational women in the UK. Her book is called The Joy of Being Selfish (https://amzn.to/3AvyQq8) and she joins me to discuss the benefits of taking better care of yourself and setting boundaries for others.
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    • 54 min

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