interview

Ep. 112: How are the sounds of my life shaping my brain, and what does music have to do with it? With Dr. Nina Kraus

To a large extent, we get to choose our sonic experiences. Dr. Kraus’ new book explains what those choices mean for our brain and the interpersonal communication that is so critical to our human experience. Why is music the “jackpot” of the “sound mind,” giving musicians improved sound processing into old age – even if they haven’t played since childhood?

Ep. 107: How is music changing my purchasing habits without my awareness?! With author Pavle Marinkovic

Emotions sell, and music is the sound of emotions. How and why does background music have an especially strong influence on what we buy and how much we’re willing to pay? And why is audio branding a growing, research-backed business trend?

Ep. 106: How to Talk… when kids don’t want to practice, with authors Joanna Faber & Julie King

As adults, we know what a gift music is, especially the gift of being able to create our own music and express ourselves in this way. And we want that for our kids. But there’s this thing called “practicing the piano”/musical instrument. And kids don’t always want to do this! Co-authors of How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen, Joanna Faber & Julie King answer the question: How should teachers and parents talk when kids won’t listen about practicing, and practicing becomes the subtitle of their new book: Whining, Fighting, Meltdowns, Defiance, and other Challenges of Childhood?!

Ep. 101: #HowDidThatHappen: The Star Spangled Banner, with author Tim Grove

The Star Spangled Banner is the nickname of our flag, but it’s also the title of our national anthem. What should we know about how our national song came to be, and what makes it unique among national anthems around the world?