17-38 Segment 1: The Voices in Our Heads

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Dr. Charles Fernhough author of The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves says that hearing voices is part of the human experience, and needs to be understood better. One thing Dr. Fernhough is trying to do is educate the public about the difference between thoughts and talking to yourself. There is also no real right way to talk to yourself, and some people do it more often than others. Dr. Ethan Kross, a professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, is studying how people talk themselves through problems, which he calls self-talk.

A study showed that people who use their name while talking themselves through a problem have a higher rate of success. Although third person self-talk is proven to be more effective, you might get some strange looks if you talk out loud in the third person.

Guest:

  • Dr. Charles Fernyhough, author of The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves
  • Dr. Ethan Kross, Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan

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17-38 Segment 2: Inventing the Polaroid

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Photography used to be handled by professionals, and only for special occasions. Edwin Land, the creator of the Polaroid camera, helped turn photography into a daily activity for everyone. Ron Fierstein profiles Land in  A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.

Edwin Land, the creator of the Polaroid camera, had made millions off a thin sheet that removed the glare from headlights and needed a new problem to solve. This led to the Polaroid camera in the 1940’s and the SX70 in the 70’s. In the 1940’s Kodak formed a partnership with Polaroid to develop the film from their cameras, and both sides made a lot of money from the deal. Kodak then allowed Land to use their labs when he was working on the SX70. When the SX70 was done Kodak, wanted to sell the film as a Kodak film, while Land had decided to sell it himself. This was the start to many more problems with the two companies. A short time after this, Kodak came out with a new instant camera. Land sued for patent infringement, claiming that Kodak had used some of his technology. This led to one of the largest patent settlements in America, and forced Kodak out of the instant camera business.

Guest:

  • Ron Fierstein, author of the book, A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War

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17-37 Segment 1: Finding Happy

 

Everyone wants to find happiness, but what are we really searching for? We explore the science behind happiness, how our brain achieves the elusive emotion, and how it all depends on who you are and where you are.

Guest:

  • Tim Bono, assistant dean in the college of arts and sciences, and a lecturer in psychology at Washington University, St. Louis
  • Frederic Lenoir, philosopher, sociologist and religious historian. Author of the book, Happiness: A philosopher’s guide

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17-37 Segment 2: How to Make Your Start-up Work

 

It’s the American dream to start your own business and watch it thrive. But most of the time, that’s easier said than done. We explore entrepreneurial tips and tricks from the 20-something CEO who has already become a start-up expert.

Guest:

  • Daniel DiPiazza, CEO of Rich20Something and author of Rich20Something: Ditch your average job, start an epic business, and score the life you want

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17-36 Segment 1: Bobby Kennedy’s Legacy

 

Although he never became president, Bobby Kennedy spearheaded a great deal of change in America with his work in civil rights, crime fighting and by combatting corruption. Our guest remembers this icon and talks about his more personal side, how he helped his brother John become president, and how his legacy inspires liberals and conservatives to this day.

Guest:

  • Larry Tye, author of Bobby Kennedy: The making of a liberal icon

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17-36 Segment 2: The Perils of Over-parenting

 

Parents want what’s best for their kids. But sometimes, they can take it too far. We talk to two experts about “over-parenting,” the tendency to demand your child earn straight A’s, work to be a sports star, and find the time to work a part-time job and how to fix it.

Guest:

  • Carl Honoré, author of Under Pressure: Putting the child back in childhood
  • Terri Khonsari, author of Raising a Superstar: Simple strategies to bring out the brilliance in every child

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Culture Crash 17-36: Reading Non-Fiction

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It’s often tempting to stay in the more comfortable waters of fiction novels. We know the pacing and the storytelling style. But non-fiction books have a lot to offer when we give them a try.

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