014 – The “Curiosity Show” host who inspired millions of kids to try science: Rob Morrison

Summary

The Curiosity Show was – and still is – one of the most loved science shows that ever existed. Hosted by Dr. Rob Morrison and Deane Hutton from Australia, it was syndicated to 14 countries worldwide from 1972-1990 and sparked the interest for science in millions of kids worldwide, myself included.

The famous curiosity show intro still rings in my head, and the fact that the Curiosity Show YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CuriosityShow ) reached 100'000 subscribers in a short time is proof that there are lots of people who still remember the good old days of experimenting in front of your tube TV set, building cardboard yo-yos, watching Rob talk about the “mysterious isochronous curve”, the self-starting siphon, the ames window and more.

I'm really honored by the opportunity to talk to one of my childhood heroes about science, how we can support out kids to spark their interest in experimenting and exploring the world, and about what's wrong with today's education system. [... read more ...]        go to episode

4 Essential Life And Business Lessons From The Criminal Underworld

How a little insight from the world’s greatest pickpocket could dramatically improve your judgment and intuition.

You know why “whitehat” hackers (most of them former “blackhat” or “outlaw” hackers) are the most coveted employees for cybersecurity firms, right? It’s because they know exactly what cybersecurity is up against.

The same principle applies in the physical world. Recently I had a fascinating conversation with Bob Arno – aka the “King of Pickpockets” – about how his skills as a stage pickpocket eventually made him a highly sought-after international safety expert.

My conversation with him really drove home something that I already knew, but hadn’t fully thought through: The people we can learn the most from are the people who are so familiar with our weaknesses and blind spots that they could confidently take advantage of them.  [... read more ...]        go to episode

009 – The “Backwords Dude”, an autist with a unique talent: John Austin

Summary

Growing up, John Sevier Austin knew he was different from other kids.

But what he didn’t know was that he had an incredible gift.

One day John accidentally played a vinyl record backwards, and discovered not only that he quite liked listening to music backwards, but that he also found it pretty easy to sing along. This was the beginning of his long journey to becoming “Backwords Dude”, a YouTube sensation famous for being able to speak backwards – which is not the same as just spelling backwards – perfectly.  [... read more ...]        go to episode

008 – How to Start a Global Movement: Shanti Hodges

Summary

Five years ago, shortly after giving birth to her son, Mason, Shanti Hodges put him in a baby carrier and went for a hike.

This was the beginning of Hike it Baby…  

Today Hike It Baby serves over 250 000 families and has over 300 branches around the world! [... read more ...]        go to episode

007 – Bob Arno: The King of Pickpockets

Summary

“How do you become a pickpocket?”

Bob Arno, a Swedish-born American entertainer, author, and criminologist gets asked this a lot.

And if you had the chance to ask him yourself, in person, he would have your wallet long before you had your answer (you would get it back though).  [... read more ...]        go to episode