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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.

    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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    • 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
    Why Dating is So Hard and How to Fix It & Will We Soon Have a 4-Day Work Week?

    Why Dating is So Hard and How to Fix It & Will We Soon Have a 4-Day Work Week?

    Taking a daily multivitamin seems like it might be good insurance - but is it? This episode begins with a discussion about what taking a multivitamin does or does not do for you or your kids. https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/releases/2009/02/multivitamins.html
    With online dating and all the dating apps, it would seem that dating should be a lot easier. After all, you can meet an endless number of people you would never meet otherwise. Is online dating a great way to meet people? Or is the old-fashioned way still the best way? Or maybe there is an even better way. Listen as I speak with Jon Birger, an award-winning magazine writer and author of the book Make Your Move: The New Science of Dating and Why Women Are in Charge (https://amzn.to/3ApiNKe). He has some very important information, research and advice that may change the way you meet people from now on.
    People have been talking about and proposing a 4-day work week for a long time. But it hasn’t really caught on in most places. This may be about to change according to Joe Sanok. Joe has researched the origins of our 40 hour, 5-day work week and explains why a shorter week can really be good for business and employees. Joe joins me to explain why circumstances today might be perfect to usher in the 4-day work week and how you will benefit from it. Joe Sanok is author of the book Thursday Is The New Friday (https://amzn.to/3oGQBjL).
    Flipping a coin may seem like an arbitrary and rather ridiculous way to make a decision. But maybe not. Listen as I explain why flipping a coin can actually be a very good way to choose what to do when you can’t decide. https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703694204575518200704692936
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    • 53 min
    SYSK Choice: How Probability REALLY Works & Proven Ways to Master Motivation

    SYSK Choice: How Probability REALLY Works & Proven Ways to Master Motivation

    I’ll bet there have been times when someone has offered to help you and you declined. You probably said something like, “No, that’s ok I got it.”? Well, why say that? Why we are so reluctant to ask other people for help when we likely could use it? This episode begins with a discussion on why asking for help is hard and yet it is one of the smartest things you will ever do. http://rd.com/advice/relationships/phrases-make-people-trust/
    Your Life is ruled by chance and probability. Yet how much do you understand about them? Ian Stewart knows about them better than most people. Ian is a Professor Emeritus of math at the University of Warwick in England and author of the book Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty (https://amzn.to/2MWjer8). Listen as he explains, for example, how a slot machine appears to be “hot” one day but not another. Or, what really determines whether a coin flip will end in heads or tails. And most importantly, how this all applies to you.
    When women sit down at a restaurant, where do they typically put their purse? They sling it over the back of the chair or put it on the floor. Listen as I explain why both of those options are really bad ideas that can easily get your identity stolen. I’ll also explain a simple way every woman can secure her purse and never worry again. http://rd.com/advice/travel/purse-theft-safe/
    Motivational speakers can be very inspiring – but motivation for you can’t really come from someone else’s story. Susan Fowler, author of the book Master Your Motivation: Three Scientific Truths for Achieving Your Goals (https://amzn.to/2HJneXV) joins me to explain the real science of motivation – and how it works. Listen and discover how to find the motivation that will sustain you to achieve even when times are tough.
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    • 50 min

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Love this podcast!!

I listen to this a few times a week. I absolutely love this podcast and I’m so happy I stumbled upon it. I learn so much things in a range of topics. I often find myself speaking about a book, a study or a concept that I was introduced to in this podcast. Mike Carruthers is like a friendly neighbor who always has something new to talk about.

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I listen to about 20 podcasts on regular basis. Something You Should know is in my top 3. Really enjoy the wide range of subjects and like that Mike often a asks the “so what” question, so I can find out how the info matters in my life. Great interview techniques employed on this show!

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