Monday, July 27, 2009 | Categories: Episodes |
Here's hoping summer is treating you well - you know, not sunburning you or nothin'.
The DNTO crew is taking some time off, and looking ahead to our next season... so for this month, we're serving up some of the highlights from our past season.
Plus... in case you didn't know, you can now hear DNTO twice per week! We're still in our regular time slot (Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., 1:30 NT). But now you can also hear one hour of highlights from past episodes every Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 (2:30 NT)
Here's what you'll hear in August...
Saturday, Aug. 1: You may say you don't want it... maybe you say you don't even need it. So why does our stuff matter? We’ll find out what happens when you take YOUR stuff and try to mesh it with MY stuff from a recently-shacked-up guy. And we’ll talk with Sam Gosling, the author of "Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You."
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Have we gone too far in making fun of men... or just far enough? This week, we're looking at the "dumb guy" stereotype in advertising, on TV, and online. Are we being too hard on the boys... or are the boys due for a little mockery? Nick Purdon looks into the mystery of the "man cold." Is it fact or fiction? Our ad guy, Bruce Chambers, will weigh in on why those “dumb guy” ads are so successful at selling us stuff. And we'll hear from Michael Kimmel, the author of "Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men" about why there might be some truth in the stereotype of immature, commitment-phobic men.
Saturday, Aug. 8: We're asking if your name shapes your destiny. What's in a name? We’ll find out. Chris Barry will tell us what happened when he met his new co-worker… Chris Barry. Social psychologist Brett Pelham will explain how a person's name can influence everything from the grades you get in school, to the company you work for, even the person you end up marrying. And Precious Chong thought for sure the easiest audition she’d ever have would be for the part of… Precious. She’ll tell us why she was so, so wrong.
Tuesday, Aug. 11: What really makes you happy? This week, we're on the hunt for happiness in the city found to be the happiest in Canada (according to a 2007 survey) - Saint John, New Brunswick. We'll ask some Saint Johners whether the "happiest city" label is fact or fiction. We’ll chat with East Coast buzz band the Olympic Symphonium, and get them to play us a tune - live from guitarist/vocalist Nick Cobham's parents' living room. And Candy Palmater is will tell us about the struggles of being a happy person.
Saturday, Aug. 15: Why are you a liar? C'mon, 'fess up... even if it's just a "little white lie," you've probably stretched the truth just a little bit at some point. So this week, we're asking why we're sometimes not entirely honest - and wondering if it's always such a bad thing.
Tuesday, Aug. 18: Look me in the eye and say that... Many of us place a lot of emphasis on the importance of eye contact. So this week, guest host Nick Purdon is looking into why it matters so much to us. And we're going to find out how you can conquer the world through eye-to-eye contact.
Saturday, Aug. 22: Complain, complain, complain... Some of us never do it, meekly (or is it stoically?) accepting what we're given. For others, complaining is a way of life. But what are we actually saying to each other when we complain? This week, we’re exploring the art of complaining. Nick Purdon explains why that constant whiner in your office is actually making your workplace better – sort of. And Kaj Hasselriis looks into whether complaining makes or breaks a relationship. And we'll find out what a world without complaining would sound like when we talk with Pastor Will Bowen about his "complaint-free world" campaign.
Tuesday, Aug. 25: Where would we be without mistakes? Sometimes, we'd a lot better off without them... but sometimes, mistakes need to be made for us to get anywhere. So this week, we're looking at the ups and downs of messing up. Diane Flacks tells us about the time she accidentally did a "reply all" and made some rather unfortunate comments about her parents... to her parents. Clare Lawlor looks into why we find it so hard to 'fess up to our errors. And we’ll hear from Joseph Hallinan, author of Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are all Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average.
Saturday, Aug. 29: Your mom probably told you not to judge a book by its cover... but your first impressions may be more accurate than you think. So this week, we're asking: are first impressions the only impressions that matter? Diana Frances will tell us about the incredible pressure she felt about making a first impression on her mom. Mentalist Haim Goldenberg will tell us how he uses first impressions to help him perform amazing feats of "magic." And comedian Alix Sobler will tell us about the culture clash that happened when her Mennonite boyfriend from Winnipeg met her Jewish family in New York.
Tuesday, Sept. 1: Why do we love living in the past? And why is it so often just not as good as we remember? This week, we're taking a sepia-tinged look at nostalgia. We'll find out what we're nostalgic for - and how far we're willing to go to recapture the past.