Synopsis: It’s the time of year when all the ghosts and goblins, witches and monsters, superheroes and villains don their Halloween best and head off to trick-or-treat, party or walk through a haunted house. Why do we dress up for the holiday? What do our costumes say about us? Why do we love to be frightened on this night in the year? We talk to a psychologist and a haunted attraction specialist about these issues, and also take a look at where some of our Halloween traditions came from.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Ben Armstrong is co-owner of Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta, and president of America Haunts, an organization of the top haunted attractions in the U.S.; Dr. Janina Scarlet is a clinical psychologist, scientist and self-proclaimed “full-time geek.” She’s also a practitioner of “Superhero Therapy,” and is coming out with a book by that title next July.
Synopsis: Two of the scariest symbols of Halloween are spiders and bats. They have bad reputations for not just being creepy, but dangerous. We get the straight scoop in these creepy critters from two experts in the fields of entomology and bats, and hear how both of these creatures are not as scary as we think, but very beneficial members of the insect and animals worlds.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Nancy Troyano is an entomologist and director of technical education and training for Rentokil North America; Merlin Tuttle is an ecologist, wildlife photographer, conservationist and author of the book, The Secret Lives of Bats: My adventures with the world’s most misunderstood mammals.
Synopsis: We’re all familiar with the various ages such as the Jurassic and the Paleozoic, but have you ever heard of the Anthropocene? We meet a woman who has traveled around the world looking at how climate change caused by humans has transformed areas of our planet and how people are looking for creative ways to deal with the changes in lifestyle, agriculture and migration caused by these changes.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene: A journey to the heart of the planet we made.
Synopsis: Slang is often thought of as a lower-class way of speaking, although we use it all the time and it does make our language more colorful and vibrant. But how does it come into being? We talk to a linguist and to an author about why slang and jargon are part of our speech, who brings them into our language and why some slang falls out of favor – but should come back.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Robert Leonard, Professor of Linguistics, Director the Graduate Program in Forensic Linguistics and of the Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment and Strategic Analysis, Hofstra University; Lesley M. M. Blume, author of Let’s Bring Back: The lost language edition.
Every parent wants their child to excel in school, and a big part of succeeding is learning to read well. Some parents try to teach their children to read when they’re toddlers, but is that too early? When should children be taught to read and how? Our two guests, one a professor specializing in early childhood, the other an author of children’s books, share their opinions on the subject.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Margaret Owen, Director of Children and Families at the University of Texas at Dallas. She’s also the Robinson Family Professor of Psychological Sciences, and head of the program in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders. Mark Gonyea, children’s writer and author of Monkey Suit.
Synopsis: You can find almost any fruit – domestic and exotic – in the produce section of grocery stores across the country these days. There’s one fruit, though, that’s both domestic and exotic that you will have a hard time locating: the pawpaw. The once-common fruit has all but disappeared from stores except for a few mail order specialty shops and some farmers’ markets. We talk to a man who wanted to know more about this exotic, tropical-tasting fruit so he researched its history, culinary uses and the efforts to bring it back into favor here in the states.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Andrew Moore, author of Pawpaw: In search of America’s forgotten fruit.
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? A hot idea? Venture capital money? A lot of internet buzz? Those things help, but our two guests, who are both successful entrepreneurs and businessmen, say there is a lot more to it, especially if you do business solely or mostly on the internet. They’ll give us advice on picking the best partner, why financing your venture is a family affair, and how to present yourself in the best way to internet customers.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Dan Shapiro, the CEO of Glowforge, creator of the board game Robot Turtles, and author of the book, Hot Seat: The startup CEO guidebook; Bryan Kramer, CEO of PureMatter, author of the book, Shareology: How sharing is powering the human economy.