Job Humor, Toni Morrison, Phages
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 226
- Aug 7, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:40:27 mins
Why Using Humor Will Make You Rich (or At Least Make Work More Pleasant) Guest: Drew Tarvin, humor engineer, and author, "Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work" Drew Tarvin lead the traditional life of an efficiency-driven engineer until he decided to quit his job for the sake of humor. Now he travels the world sharing his humor skills to improve worklife for employees everywhere. He even taught FBI agents to be funny! Ivory Chess Piece Worth a Fortune Guest: Alexander Kader, Senior Director & Head, European Sculpture and Works of Art Department, Sotheby’s London Interested about its value, a family in the UK brought their mother’s prized ivory chess figure in for appraisal. In a shocking turn of events, the appraiser Alexander Kader immediately recognized the piece as one of the Lewis Chessman and estimated the piece’s worth to be as much as £1m, a pretty good return on investment for a piece that the family’s grandfather had purchased for only £5. What are the Lewis Chessman, then? And what makes them so valuable? Illustrations Guest: Rachel Wadham, Education and Juvenile Librarian, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU Pictures are worth a thousand words, and that's what publishers of children's books are counting on when they pair illustrators with authors. Toni Morrison: An American Legacy Guest: Kristin Matthews, Professor, English, BYU Sometimes a person comes along who writes and speaks things that so many people want to say, and does it so well, that they deserve to be remembered with reverence. Toni Morrison was such a person, and deserves such a memory. Phage Therapy Saves Teenage Girl Guest: Graham Hatfull, Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Phage therapy could be solution to fighting bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. We investigate a breakthrough case that could signal a new direction in fighting infection.