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What is metabolism, and how can you make yours work better? Dietitian explains

Between leftover Halloween candy and the upcoming holidays, it's easy to add extra pounds this time of year. Dick spoke with Taylor Newhouse, a registered dietitian at Texas A&M School of Public Health, about what you can do to make your metabolism more efficient.


Extreme rock climber who thrives on risky behavior might have different brain than most of us

We ran across a fascinating article about a famous free solo (unroped) rock climber, Alex Honnold, and how his brain works. Dave chatted with the article's author, Canadian independent journalist J.B. MacKinnon, about why JB became interested in finding out about Alex's brain, and what he learned.


Happy 100th to the National Park Service! Researcher discusses the intangible value of our parks

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.


Forest bathing---improve your health by immersing yourself in nature

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. 


Nearsightedness skyrocketing all over the world--and the reason is probably not what you think

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.


New book explores huge role women played in founding Mayo Clinic

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.


Bill Ratner, author of "Parenting for the Digital Age," to speak in Grand Marais Tuesday, March 8

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


Are you sleep-deprived? Good sleep habits from sleep expert Dr. Michael Howell

The CDC just released a study showing that 30% of Americans are sleep-deprived. So we wanted to 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. 


Ideas for coping with cabin fever

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.


What really happens to your heart when you're in love? Cardiologist explains

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.