Aug. 25 marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Dick spoke with Professor Michael Tarrant, who believes the parks are significant because they add to our Gross National Happiness. Tarrant studies natural resources and suggests that there are other important indicators of social progress besides the traditional economic measures.
Ever hear of forest bathing? It's an idea that comes from Japan, of literally immersing yourself in nature to improve your mental and physical health. Dr. Jean Larson of the Center for Spirituality & Healing and the U of MN Arboretum joined Dave recently to explain why getting out into the forest, away from the bustle of modern urban life, is good for body and soul.
Severe myopia (nearsightedness) is on the rise among youth everywhere, and scientists think they know why. And it's likely not, as might seem obvious, from kids and teens staring at their phones. Dr. Joshua Hou of the department of opthalmology and visual neurosciences at the U of MN talked with Ann Possis recently about this epidemic and the leading theories about it.
March is Women's History Month. A new book, "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation," explores the significant contributions women made to the clinic. Ann Possis spoke with the book's author, Virginia Wright-Peterson, about the story and how she came to tell it. You can learn more about Virginia and her writing here.
If you’ve ever wondered about the effect of technology and digital media on children, there will be a presentation on the topic by author and voiceover professional Bill Ratner at the Arrowh
The CDC just released a study showing that 30% of Americans are sleep-deprived. So we wanted to know...how does this affect a person's body and emotional state? And how can we get better sleep? Dave chatted with Dr. Michael Howell, professor of neurology at the U of MN, and a leading sleep expert.
Cabin fever is real! And it sets in about this time of year...boredom, irritability, moodiness...need we go on? Marcia Hyatt, leadership and life coach, chatted with Dick during our "Cabin Fever" membership drive about a few strategies to deal with this malady. You can learn more about Marcia and her work here.
We all know the feeling of your heart skipping a beat when you fall in love, or being heartbroken...but what really happens to your heart when you're in love? To find out, Ann Possis chatted with Dr. Peter Crawford, director of the Cardiovascular Metabolism Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Florida. The good news? Actually dying of a broken heart is very, very rare.
Mindfulness has been linked to reduced stress and improved mental clarity, creativity and productivity. Alex Haley, who teaches mindfulness at the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the U of MN, spoke with Dave Dec. 11 about how and why mindfulness works to calm and make us more focused.
On Friday the 13th, we got to thinking about superstitions. Dr. Donald Saucier, a psychology professor at Kansas State University, chatted with Dave about how superstitions work and why people, even psychology professors, have them.