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The Science of Creativity & What You Never Knew About the Periodic Table of Elements

How many hours of sleep do you need? Some people claim they can do just fine with 4 or 5 hours. Can they really? This episode begins with a look at what happens when people don’t get a full 8 hours of sleep.

While most people would agree that creativity is a wonderful human attribute, the fact is creativity isn’t always good. It is sometimes evil and destructive – in fact it often is. Still, humans are born to create. Joining me for a fascinating discussion on this topic is Matt Richtel, a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of the book Inspired: Understanding Creativity: A Journey Through Art, Science, and the Soul ( You’ll discover what makes someone creative and the personal and societal benefits of creativity -and how it can also be a destructive force.

Remember in your high school chemistry class, there was that big Periodic Table of Elements hanging up somewhere? You probably haven’t thought much about that chart since then but you should. It turns out to be really fascinating. For one thing there are probably more elements on it now than there were then. So where did they come from? Why are the elements in the order they are in? Joining me to tell the story of that chart and why it is important to you today is chemist Kathryn Harkup author of The Secret Lives of the Elements (

Less is more. You have certainly heard that expression before. And it is that idea that led Jerry Seinfeld to turn down millions of dollars to do another season of his TV sitcom. Well, that and the Beatles also played in to his decision. Oh, so did guitarist Mark Knopfler. Just listen and it will all make sense.


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