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DNTO June 5 (You + Your Internal Clock = ?)

Ever notice how some people are always late? Or how there are moments where time seems to stop completely?

This week, we're asking: "What time is your internal clock set to?"

Read on to find out what's on the show, or click the player below to hear the podcast. (You can also download the podcast here, or get the "enhanced" version from iTunes).


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Actor and juggler "Little Joe" Cobden had one of those "time freezing" moments. Unfortunately, it was while the machete he was juggling was hurtling towards the head of his audience volunteer. He'll tell us how it ended... and why he thinks time stood still for him in that moment.

So what really happens in that life-threatening moment that makes time appear to slow down? Chess Stetson knows the answer .A few years ago, he did a crazy experiment to figure out what happens to our internal clocks when we're freaking out... an experiment that involved hurtling volunteers off a 150-foot high platform. We'll find out what he found out. (And you can see some great video from the experiment here.)

Apparently, fewer and fewer of us are wearing watches. But then again, some of us never wore them in the first place. So when did not knowing the time mess you up... or really help you out? Sook-Yin takes to the street for your stories.

Like a lot of moms of toddlers, Chandra Mayor had to deal with her daughter's "erratic" sleep schedule. To get her daughter (and herself) back on a more normal schedule, Chandra went to extreme lengths to reset their internal clocks. We'll find out what she did... and why eating dinner at 2:00 a.m. isn't necessarily a bad thing.

You probably know someone is chronically late (you may even be that someone). So what's at the root of that... and how do you overcome it? Perpetually-tardy DNTO producer Sara Tate looks into it... and makes some surprising discoveries about why we so often run late.

When you're sick, your sense of time is one of the first things to go. New York Times writer Dana Jennings tells us what it's like to live on CST - "Cancer Standard Time."

Sook-Yin will chat with the guy who will be sitting the DNTO hosting chair for the next couple of weeks - Mio Adilman, who will tell us when time stood still for him... and experience accelerated time with a round of rapid-fire "getting to know you" questions.

Sook-Yin meets up with her pal Tara Atluri to talk about how "coffee time" means different things in different parts of the world... and what she learned about the sense of time from hanging out in coffee shops.

Is a "New York minute" really different than any other minute? And how much does your location change your perception of time? We'll find out from Robert Levine, author of A Geography of Time.

When musician Aline Morales moved to Canada from Brazil, she was surprised to discover that even though they had the exact same numbers, our clocks worked completely differently. She'll tell us how.

One Saturday in 2008, time stood still in Grand Central station for 200 people... and many more curious onlookers. We'll find out why - and how it changed the perception of time in one of the world's busiest places - from one of the prank's participants: Alex Scordelis of Improv Everywhere. (And you can see video of the "Frozen Grand Central" experience here.)

In the world of competitive swimming, time - even fractions of a second - is everything. Sook-Yin will tell us how when she was swimming, she clocked her fastest time... by slowing down.


And here's this week's playlist:

K'Naan - "Take a Minute"
Tokyo Police Club - "Breakneck Speed"
Talking Heads - "Stay Up Late"
The Duhks - "Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do"
Broad Way Sleep - "Too Late"
Selina Martin - "Public Safety Management"
Wilderness of Manitoba - "Evening"
Aline Morales - "Tem Do De Mim"
Wassabi Collective - "In a Minute"
The Inbreds - "Any Sense of Time"



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