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Curious what a balance transfer credit card can do you for?Money Girl's ultimate guide to using a balance transfer credi...
07/10/2019
The Ultimate Guide to Using a Balance Transfer Credit Card

Curious what a balance transfer credit card can do you for?

Money Girl's ultimate guide to using a balance transfer credit card can teach you when you should use one and how it can help you save.

If you’ve ever received a balance transfer credit card offer through the mail or online, you may have wondered if it could help or hurt your finances. These promotional offers come with fine print that can be tricky to understand, especially for first-timers. In this post, I’ll explain

With so many dialects in the English language, there are a lot of ways to pronounce the letter T. Which way do you say i...
07/09/2019
All the Different Ways We Pronounce the Letter T

With so many dialects in the English language, there are a lot of ways to pronounce the letter T. Which way do you say it?

A few episodes ago, I talked about why the T sound sometimes seems to be missing from words like “kitten” or “button.” The answer was that in those words, many speakers use a sound known as a glottal stop. If you listened to that episode, you might remember that a glottal sto

If contracting a flesh-eating bacteria isn't in your summer plans, learn how to keep yourself safe from Everyday Einstei...
07/09/2019
Should You Worry About Flesh-Eating Bacteria?

If contracting a flesh-eating bacteria isn't in your summer plans, learn how to keep yourself safe from Everyday Einstein.

Imagine it’s a hot summer day so you decide to take a quick dip in the river to cool off. You have the smallest of scrapes on your leg—perhaps from shaving, or from when you bumped into the corner of that table. The cut is so small, you’ve forgotten about it. A few hours

Our QDT family wouldn't be the same without Get-Fit Guy! Join us in celebrating his 100th episode with a fun look at the...
07/09/2019
100th Episode Roundup

Our QDT family wouldn't be the same without Get-Fit Guy! Join us in celebrating his 100th episode with a fun look at the sometimes silly search terms people use to find Brock.

Can you believe that it has been two years and 100 episodes since the former Get-Fit Guy, Ben Greenfield, handed me the keys to this fitness kingdom? It’s true. What’s the old saying: time flies when you are on a treadmill? No, that can’t be right. Anyway, in those two years, 100

We all want well-rounded, capable children and the best way to do that is to foster independence. Mighty Mommy shares wh...
07/08/2019
8 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Independence

We all want well-rounded, capable children and the best way to do that is to foster independence. Mighty Mommy shares what you can do to encourage your kid to make it on their own.

Today’s families are swamped with so many commitments they’re left feeling stretched to the limit and totally overscheduled. It’s a nonstop balancing act to keep home, family, and work in check. That’s usually because the majority of these obligations fall solely on the paren

From "It's the journey, not the destination" to "Money can't buy happiness," we've used truisms as a way to conduct our ...
07/08/2019
Special Episode 250 - The Science Behind the Wisdom of the Ages

From "It's the journey, not the destination" to "Money can't buy happiness," we've used truisms as a way to conduct our lives since childhood. But is there any science behind these phrases? Savvy Psychologist does a deep dive for her 250th episode.

Truisms are, by definition, clear and evident. We take them at face value because they make intuitive sense. But are they true? Does the science line up with grandma’s kitchen-table advice? This week, to celebrate episode number 250, we’ll take a deep dive into the science behind three o

What's the right way to use dashes and hyphens? How do you write dates? Should emoji go in quotations? Grammar Girl is a...
07/07/2019

What's the right way to use dashes and hyphens? How do you write dates? Should emoji go in quotations? Grammar Girl is answering these questions and more in her Aug. 20 Advanced AP Style webinar. Claim your spot now and save! http://ow.ly/ZaaE30p3AQo

Heading to the beach this weekend? Avoid problems like warm drinks, harsh sunburn, and sand in your electronics with Who...
07/05/2019
The Summer's 10 Best Beach Hacks

Heading to the beach this weekend? Avoid problems like warm drinks, harsh sunburn, and sand in your electronics with Who Knew?'s top tips for making the most of your beach day.

Nothing’s better than a day at the beach, but it comes with its own set of problems like keeping drinks cool, electronics safe from sand, your beach blanket from blowing away, and even the sting of a jellyfish from hurting. Check out these tips and tricks for all of that and more, including why yo...

If you're heading to a BBQ this holiday weekend, but want to consider meatless food options, Nutrition Diva has the scoo...
07/03/2019
Is The Beyond Burger Healthy for You?

If you're heading to a BBQ this holiday weekend, but want to consider meatless food options, Nutrition Diva has the scoop on how the Beyond Burger stacks up. 🍔🌱

A new generation of plant-based products are taking veggie burgers to a whole new level. How does the Beyond Burger compare to the Impossible Burger?

How do you know which investments are best for you? Money Girl covers 6 dos and don'ts to invest with confidence.
07/03/2019
How to Choose the Best Investments - 6 Dos and Don’ts to Follow

How do you know which investments are best for you?

Money Girl covers 6 dos and don'ts to invest with confidence.

A common question I receive is how to choose the best investments. Most people want to build wealth for the future, but they also don’t want to lose money. The reality is that not taking enough investment risk might actually be the riskiest move of all! That’s because you could fall sho

Worried about weak forearms? Get-Fit Guy shares why strong forearms are essential and the exercises you can do to build ...
07/02/2019
The Importance of Forearm Strength and How to Build It

Worried about weak forearms? Get-Fit Guy shares why strong forearms are essential and the exercises you can do to build yours up.

I received an email from a listener named Trish a few weeks ago all about the importance of forearm strength. Trish said, "I read somewhere that having weak forearms can limit your ability to build other muscles. That seems extreme. Is it true? And other than not being able to build bigger bice

07/02/2019
How Did Water Get On Earth?

Water makes up 70% of our planet, but how did it all get here? Everyday Einstein explains how Earth got to be so wet. 🌊

About 70% of the surface of our planet Earth is covered in water. We are nestled in our solar system at just the right distance from the Sun for this liquid water to exist. Any farther and that water would be frozen in ice. Any closer and temperatures would be too hot and we would be at risk for a r

Summer is here and the living is easy—or at least it should be. Mighty Mommy helps you make it relaxing with these tip...
07/01/2019

Summer is here and the living is easy—or at least it should be. Mighty Mommy helps you make it relaxing with these tips for the whole family. http://bit.ly/320kvlz

When it comes to getting your fill of fatty acids, can enriched eggs or peanut butter do just as good a job as fish? Nut...
06/30/2019
Are Omega-3 Eggs as Good as Eating Fish?

When it comes to getting your fill of fatty acids, can enriched eggs or peanut butter do just as good a job as fish? Nutrition Diva and Scientific American find out. 🥚🥜🐠

Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. But what if you can't eat seafood? Can omega-3 enriched eggs or peanut butter provide the same health benefits?

Get-Fit Guy wants to get his workout on with you! Enter for your chance to win a one-on-one virtual session with him now...
06/29/2019

Get-Fit Guy wants to get his workout on with you! Enter for your chance to win a one-on-one virtual session with him now. What are your fitness goals this month? http://ow.ly/YpFY30p1le7

Is BMI the best way to measure body fat or is there a better tool we can use? Get-Fit Guy and Scientific American discus...
06/29/2019
Is BMI an Accurate Way to Measure Body Fat?

Is BMI the best way to measure body fat or is there a better tool we can use? Get-Fit Guy and Scientific American discuss.

As widespread as the BMI method of body measurement is, the ever-growing consensus is that this one-size-fits-all approach may be flawed

Some people would rather kick and scream than give a simple apology. Savvy Psychologist explains why saying "I'm sorry" ...
06/28/2019
Why Some People Never Apologize

Some people would rather kick and scream than give a simple apology. Savvy Psychologist explains why saying "I'm sorry" is so hard, plus a few tips for making your own apologies more meaningful.

What is the deal with not apologizing? Eminem says no apologies. Demi Lovato is sorry, not sorry. Gibbs on NCIS says Rule #6 is never apologize. Any one of them might have gotten the idea from John Wayne, who delivers his famous line in 1949’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon: “Never ap

Want to get better at cycling? Get-Fit Guy covers the physical and mental aspects of the sport. (Hint: it involves a lot...
06/28/2019
How to Get Better at Cycling

Want to get better at cycling? Get-Fit Guy covers the physical and mental aspects of the sport. (Hint: it involves a lot more than simply pedaling).

If you've been riding a bike since childhood, when you had a horn and streamers on your handlebars, you may think that cycling is as easy as, well ... riding a bike. But there's a lot more to it if you truly want to know how to get better at cycling. I was watching the World Triathlon Serie

Don't let problems like sunburn, ants, and lukewarm drinks, ruin your summer.
06/27/2019
How to Solve Your Biggest Summer Problems

Don't let problems like sunburn, ants, and lukewarm drinks, ruin your summer.

Use Vanilla to Keep Mosquitoes Away Keeping mosquitoes away from you is easier (and nicer smelling) than you might think—just use vanilla extract! Vanilla contains alcohol, which keeps mosquitoes away. Keep Bugs Away from Your Barbecue Mosquitoes are a pain each summer, but you don’t

Are you prepared to help your parents manage their personal finances as they age?  Money Girl and author Cameron Huddles...
06/26/2019
The Right Way to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Their Money

Are you prepared to help your parents manage their personal finances as they age? Money Girl and author Cameron Huddleston share the conversations you have to have with your parents about their money.

Talking with aging parents about their money and future wishes can be a touchy subject. It’s not always easy to know how much or how little we should be involved in their financial lives. Plus, parents can be reluctant to open up about their finances, and kids might not know exactly what to do

No single diet works best for all of us, but can our genes give us a hint ask to which diet to try? Nutrition Diva cover...
06/26/2019
Personalized Nutrition: The Latest on DNA-Based Diets

No single diet works best for all of us, but can our genes give us a hint ask to which diet to try? Nutrition Diva covers what the research has to say about DNA testing and dieting.

Several of you have written asking me to revisit the subject of nutrigenomics, which is the attempt to use genetic testing as a way to steer dietary recommendations. Nutrition Diva listener Brad writes: You did an episode on DNA-based diets in 2012 (episode 203). I know the genetics field is chang

"At its core, nuclear weapons just have a potential that conventional weapons don’t have. And that ultimately comes do...
06/25/2019
The Power of Nuclear Weapons with Dr. Alex Wellerstein

"At its core, nuclear weapons just have a potential that conventional weapons don’t have. And that ultimately comes down to physics."

Everyday Einstein talks to an expert in nuclear weapons to learn what makes them so different from other bombs.

I’m here today with Dr. Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science and nuclear weapons and a professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He has a Ph.D .in the History of Science from Harvard and was previously an Associate Historian with the American Institute of Physics. Ale

Tuesdays are better with sweepstakes—and we've got an exciting one for you today!Enter now for your chance to win a on...
06/25/2019

Tuesdays are better with sweepstakes—and we've got an exciting one for you today!

Enter now for your chance to win a one-on-one virtual coaching session with Brock Armstrong, the one and only Get-Fit Guy! 🤩💪

Enter here: http://bit.ly/gfgsession

You don't get a pass on being a parent when you have a bad day.Mighty Mommy shares a few tips for bringing your parentin...
06/24/2019
5 Ways to Excel at Parenting When You’re Discouraged

You don't get a pass on being a parent when you have a bad day.

Mighty Mommy shares a few tips for bringing your parenting A game when you're down in the dumps.

Parenting when everything is going right with the world can leave you feeling unstoppable. Don't you just love those moments in time when your child is thriving at school and sports, on top of homework, putting away his clean laundry, funding his own weekend fun by working a great part-time job,

A fear of driving certainly puts a damper on summer beach and road trips. Luckily, Savvy Psychologist can help you feel ...
06/24/2019
How to Conquer Your Fear of Driving

A fear of driving certainly puts a damper on summer beach and road trips. Luckily, Savvy Psychologist can help you feel more confident behind the wheel. 🚗

This week, by request from Marilyn in Massachusetts, we’ll cover fear of driving. As fellow Bay Staters, Marilyn and I know that Massachusetts drivers are not called Massholes for nothing. Indeed, of the cities with the dubious distinction of having the worst drivers in the nation, 3 of the to

What progress are scientists making toward regulating insulin without pumps or injections?Via Scientific American
06/23/2019
How Does Insulin Work in Our Bodies?

What progress are scientists making toward regulating insulin without pumps or injections?

Via Scientific American

What is insulin and how do our bodies use it?

Do you take pride in switching out your water filter? Does knowing your credit score make your day? Does going to bed at...
06/22/2019
Adulting Tips: 5 Psychological Secrets

Do you take pride in switching out your water filter? Does knowing your credit score make your day? Does going to bed at 9PM give you a high? Congrats—you're adulting. But beyond the practical, there's a psychology to managing your adult life.

Savvy Psychologist and Scientific American share their tips.

Whether your graduation is coming up or twenty years behind you, we all have moments when we wonder whether we’re cut out for this adulthood thing

No matter if you quit, are laid-off, or get fired, it’s important to understand your rights and options for getting th...
06/19/2019
How to Manage Health Benefits When You Leave a Job

No matter if you quit, are laid-off, or get fired, it’s important to understand your rights and options for getting the most out of your health benefits between jobs.

When you leave a job, there are usually some loose ends with your benefits that need to be tied up before your last day. Some perks end right away, but others continue after you leave or require you take some action to manage them wisely. No matter if you quit, are laid-off, or get fired, it’s

"Dieting has become something of a dirty word lately, and rightfully so: it clearly doesn’t work. But the most toxic a...
06/19/2019
Wellness Is Not the Enemy

"Dieting has become something of a dirty word lately, and rightfully so: it clearly doesn’t work. But the most toxic aspects of dieting culture—the pursuit of an unrealistic body ideal at the expense of your physical comfort and emotional well-being—haven’t gone away. We now have a generation of wellness influencers selling detoxes, cleanses, and elimination diets as a way of looking and feeling your best."

Nutrition Diva comments on the wellness industry in this week's episode.

Writer Jessica Knoll recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “Smash the Wellness Industry.” in which she suggests that our pursuit of “wellness” is actually undermining both our health and our happiness—especially that of women. In her piece, Knoll rec

Everyday Einstein covers everything you need to know about ticks to stay safe this summer.
06/18/2019
5 Important Facts You Should Know About Ticks

Everyday Einstein covers everything you need to know about ticks to stay safe this summer.

As the weather warms, stories of ticks and the diseases they carry become more prevalent in the news, from stories of a coming "tickpocalypse" to an unforgettable photo from the Center for Disease Control in the United States comparing ticks to the size of the seeds on a poppy seed muffin.

Think vacation is an excuse to ignore your fitness goals? Think again.Get-Fit Guy shares 6 low-stress tips to stay fit o...
06/18/2019
6 Low-Stress Tips for Staying Fit on Vacation

Think vacation is an excuse to ignore your fitness goals? Think again.

Get-Fit Guy shares 6 low-stress tips to stay fit on vacation (without dragging yourself to the hotel gym every day).

It's getting warm (in the northern hemisphere, at least), and that means summer vacation is right around the corner. I'm going to say it: We should all take a break from work to enjoy some sunshine and outdoor time. But that doesn't mean we should take a break from fitness. In fact, some

Got a kid who loves gaming?Between cyberbullying, talking with strangers, and excessive screen time, there's a lot for p...
06/17/2019
Kids Gaming - How to Keep Your Video Gamer Safe

Got a kid who loves gaming?

Between cyberbullying, talking with strangers, and excessive screen time, there's a lot for parents to think about when it comes to their kids and the virtual world. Mighty Mommy shares a few tips to help your kid game safely and responsibly.

Now that summer break has arrived, our kids have a lot more free time on their hands, and they’re looking to spend much of it hanging out with their friends. Gaming is a favorite pastime for today’s kids. It’s quite possible many of your child’s friendships were made online a

Having a bout of gout? Here are 5 food that relieve gout—plus one temptation you should avoid. Who Knew?
06/16/2019
6 Foods to Prevent Gout or Relieve a Gout Attack

Having a bout of gout? Here are 5 food that relieve gout—plus one temptation you should avoid. Who Knew?

Here are 6 substances that will help you avoid gout or relieve a gout attack quickly. But first, learn more here: What Is Gout? Life Is a Bowl of Cherries If you’re having an attack of gout, grab yourself a bowl of cherries. They contain an anti-inflammatory called anthocyanin, which reduces

Say goodbye to a Father's Day filled with ugly neck ties and unnecessary paperweights, and hello to a celebration that t...
06/15/2019
9 Novel Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Say goodbye to a Father's Day filled with ugly neck ties and unnecessary paperweights, and hello to a celebration that the father figure in your life will appreciate all year long.

The days of giving dad a paper weight, a fishing pole or a hideous tie are over. While such a gesture shows your thoughtfulness and will likely be much appreciated by dad, the most precious gift you can give is not always something that can be wrapped up in a pretty box with colorful ribbons, but ra

Everything you ever needed to know about hyphens from Grammar Girl.
06/14/2019
Are You Using Hyphens Correctly?

Everything you ever needed to know about hyphens from Grammar Girl.

A lot of people get confused about when to use hyphens when writing ages, and I think it’s because sometimes an age is a noun, sometimes an age is an adjective that comes before a noun and modifies it, and sometimes an age is an adjective that comes after a noun. When to Hyphenate Ages First

How did the opioid crisis become the opioid crisis? And more importantly, how can someone addicted to opioids get out? S...
06/14/2019
How to Quit Opioids: A Conversation with Podcast Host Eric Zimmer

How did the opioid crisis become the opioid crisis? And more importantly, how can someone addicted to opioids get out?

Savvy Psychologist sits down with Eric Zimmer, host of The One You Feed, to discuss addiction recovery.

Today’s show is a little bit of a hybrid between the usual monologue and a guest interview—think of it as a BOGO. First, we’ll dive into the history of the opioid epidemic and look at the disconnect between research-recommended opioid treatment versus the most commonly administered

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