In America, we have the most varied cuisine in the world with thousands of foods available in grocery stores and menus in restaurants from every corner of the globe. Why do we need all of this variety? And why are meat and barbecue so high up on our list of favorite foods? Our guests offer some answers to these questions.
Search dogs will follow a scent for miles and even put their lives in danger looking for survivors of mudslides and building collapses. How do they do it, and why? We talk to a search dog owner and trainer about these amazing animals, the physiology that helps them hone in on a single scent, and why they will work for hours in horrid conditions for their handlers.
Many ecologists, farmers and members of the public are worried that non-native plants and animals are invading the U.S. and preventing native species from thriving. Much money and time is spent trying to rid the land of these aliens – often to no avail. But are these species present because they’re the only ones that can thrive in an area? Are they multiplying because of something bad we’re injecting into their environment? Are these aliens actually helping nature create a diverse and robust environment? And are those so-called native species of plants and animals really native? Our guests have some surprising answers to those questions.
Everyone hates clutter, but so many of us just can’t seem to get it out of our lives. Our guests discuss how we end up with full closets and basements, how to start weeding out the good stuff from the junk and how adopting a minimalist lifestyle not only keeps our homes neat, it also helps to de-clutter our thinking and maintain focus on those things that are most important to us.
Everyone loves Memorial Day – it’s time off of work, a day for picnics, barbecues and relaxation. Often, though, the fun and celebration of the first holiday of summer obscures the real meaning of the day – to remember the brave military men and women who gave their lives for their country. We talk to two former Navy Seals about how they created a march that helps them, the families of fallen soldiers and others to honor those who served and raise money for non-profits that help vets, their families and first responders around the country.
We all suffer from stress now and then but sometimes it becomes overwhelming and there doesn’t seem to be any way around it. We talk to a doctor about what stress is, why we get it and how we can relieve it through exercise and other means. We also discuss how a new product that uses touch and aroma has helped one therapist’s clients through some very stressful situations.
Synopsis: Technology has been moving at break-neck speed during the past 30 years, with the invention and adoption of the personal computer and the internet in the first wave, and more sophisticated hardware, software, cell phones and apps in the second wave. Our guest, an internet pioneer himself, discusses the third wave of technology that will take all of these innovations one step further – integrating them into our world in ways that will bring them more fully into our educational systems, healthcare, work and our every day lives.