August 8, 2019
Would you hand over control of your brain to a total stranger? Of course not. But, you do it every time you swipe up on your smartphone. Tech expert Jennifer Jolly is back to talk about the latest research on screen addiction. We're breaking down why so many of us are going through "screen fatigue" and why we still won't put down our phones even though they often make us feel crummy. Bottom line, we're addicted and if you want to make a zillion dollars, get into the "digital wellness" field.
On this Dying to Ask:
-the science behind why we can't stop scrolling, swiping and clicking
-how tech experts like Jenn are fighting their own "screen fatigue"
-the extreme (and expensive) measures Silicon Valley tech execs are taking to unplug
-and what happened when Fitz took Jennifer on a 50k run in the mountains
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August 2, 2019
The joke's on us in this episode and that's a good thing. You know James "Murr" Murray as the lead joker on the hit show "Impractical Jokers" on TruTV. It's described as reverse improv. The hidden camera show features Murr and three of his childhood best friends pulling pranks .
Murr says, "the guys and I have been friends since we were 13 years old and we never grew up."
Clearly, it's working for them.
But, did you know Murr is also a NY Times best selling author? He writes science fiction. He credits the show for helping him land his book deal and has some great advice for anyone who has that creative itch.
July 26, 2019
The one year countdown to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is this week and Fitz is geeking out with one of her favorite athletes, Kim Conley.
Kim hopes to make her third U.S. Olympic team in the 5,000 meters.
This Olympic push is different than the first two for Kim. She's already achieved the Olympic standard which means she just has to finish top 3 at the US Olympic Trials next summer to go to Japan. Easy right?!
The Olympic standard is the Olympic hopeful's equivalent to Willy Wonka's golden ticket.
July 18, 2019
If you got lost in the woods, could you forage enough food to survive? Chances are your answer is no. But, Hank Shaw could likely find a 5 course meal including dessert.
Shaw is an expert, maybe THE expert on cooking wild game. But, he wasn't always that way.
He worked as a political news reporter for 18 years. Then, he created the "Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook" blog. He started writing about what he calls "honest food." Nothing packaged. Nothing raised on an industrial farm.
That blog won the best food blog award by the James Beard Foundation in 2013. It's referred to as the "Oscars of the food world" and Hank's life hasn't been the same since quitting his day job to go all in on food writing.
His writing takes him all over as he teaches fans how to hunt, fish, forage and prepare food in ways they've never thought of before. And, you might be surprised to find out who is following him.
On this Dying to Ask, the signs you're ready to turn a passion into a career, what a day looks like as a food writer and how to know what you can eat in the woods that won't kill you. Spoiler: There's a lot out there that can kill you.
July 12, 2019
"Dying to Ask" is back with books you'll be dying to read after listening to this episode. Tina Ferguson, owner of "Face in a Book" bookstore, is our hilarious guest and we recorded this episode in front of a live audience in her charming bookstore. Tina just returned from Book Expo in NYC. It's the book industry's biggest event and it determines the titles you'll see in your local bookstore, library and eventually your nightstand. Tina explains trends in the publishing industry and the role influencers are playing in the literary world, and everywhere else. Then, Fitz and Tina NERD OUT with their picks for the best summer beach reads.
July 11, 2019
What makes you happy? It can be a tricky question to answer. In fact, global researchers from Yale to UC Berkeley are now studying happiness and how important it is to our sense of well-being.
July 11, 2019
What was it like raising your son? It's the number one question Dierdre Wolownick gets when people find out she's the mother of Alex Honnold, the first person to Climb Yosemite's El Capitan with no ropes, no safety net and nothing else to save him.