I’ve Got Questions with Mike Simpson

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Mike Simpson's a curious guy, more curious than most and he's in hot pursuit of answers. On "I've Got Questions with Mike Simpson," Mike tracks down people in the know to reveal how and why things are the way they are. Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com.

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Are we going to run out of sand?

We might not realize it but sand is in just about everything! And, it's becoming scarcer. Where is all the sand going? What could we replace it with? And, how do the sands by the beach and the sands in the desert differ?

Mike digs for answers with Vince Beiser, independent journalist and author of "The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization."

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Aug 18, 2022
Quick Questions Vol. 3

How is horsepower measured? And, where does its name derive from? Mike puts questions to K.C Colwell, executive editor at Car and Driver.

What are hiccups? And, what's the best way to get rid of them? Mike gets answers from Dr. Thomas Yadegar at Cedars Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com


Aug 11, 2022
Why do we cry?

We do it when we're sad and, even when we're happy. But why do we cry?

Mike gets answers from Ad Vingerhoets at Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Aug 04, 2022
Can an elevator fall down the shaft?

Modern wonder or box containing your worst nightmares? This week we explore everything that could go wrong in an elevator and why it doesn't. What would happen in an earthquake? Can you climb out the top like in Die Hard? Is there enough air when you're stuck? And, why do most elevators skip the 13th floor?

Mike gets some relief from Chris Smith, Vice President at Otis Elevator, and psychologist, Stuart Vyse.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jul 28, 2022
Christmas (in July) Questions

We're halfway to the "most wonderful time of the year." Where did common Christmas customs like lights, trees, and mistletoe come from? And, how has the representation of Santa changed over time?

Mike gets answers from Dr. Bruce David Forbes, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Morningside University and author of "Christmas: A Candid History," about our Christmas traditions.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jul 21, 2022
Where are all the aliens?

For sake of argument, let's just say aliens do exist... then, that begs the question, where are they? Why can you never find an alien when you need one?

Mike gets explanations and theories from Jim Al-Khalili, author and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Surrey, on both sides of the argument of whether or not aliens exist and if they do, where they might be hiding.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jul 14, 2022
Quick Questions Vol. 2

Why are CVS receipts so long? Deidre Popovich, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Texas Tech, gives us the answer.

Why do we wear neckties? FIDM Museum Curator, Kevin Jones, provides history and context.

And more idioms, where do those common phrases come from? Jaye Padgett, Professor of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz, is back to demystify a few of them. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jul 07, 2022
How do some animals change color?

The ability to slip out of a crowd undetected is the dream of many a person trying to escape a party early. Chameleons practically invented the Irish exit! How and why do certain species change their colors? 

Mike gets answers from Daniel Flynn, Senior Marketing Manager at the Oakland Zoo, and Senior Aquarist, Alex Lawlor, at the Aquarium of the Pacific. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jun 30, 2022
Can you trust a gut feeling?

Intuition looks and means something different to everybody. How can intuition be explained? Are gut feelings really in your gut? And, how do you know when to trust those feelings?

Mike gets answers from Professor Joel Pearson at the University of New South Wales and relationship coach and love expert, Joey Garcia.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jun 23, 2022
Why do they wash birds with Dawn dish soap?

Ducklings are the unofficial mascot of Dawn brand dish soap. How did Dawn become synonymous with bird rescue? Why is it so effective? And, what's it like to be in the business of saving birds?

Mike gets answers from JD Bergeron and Kylie Clatterbuck at the International Bird Rescue. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jun 16, 2022
How did our drinking habits evolve?

We drink to relax, we drink to celebrate, and we drink to drown our sorrows...There's no end to the excuses we can find to drink. What's behind these intoxicating rituals? 

How long have we been going to bars? Why do we drink what we drink? And, is there a way to cure a hangover?

Mike gets answers from Adam Rogers, author of "Proof: The Science of Booze," and Dr. Nicole J. Van Groningen, Internal Medicine physician at Cedars-Sinai. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jun 09, 2022
Quick Questions Vol. 1

Jetlag. What is it? How can you lessen its effects? Dr. Vernon Williams, Director of the Center for Sports Neurology & Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai's Kerlan-Jobe Institute, and Captain Laura Einsetler explain.

10,000 steps a day. Where did that number come from? Do we really need that many? Dr. Thomas Hirai, director at the bariatric and metabolic health center at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, and Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, settle the score on steps.

Idioms. Where do common phrases like "nose to the grindstone" and "hold your horses" come from? Jaye Padgett, Linguistics Professor at UC Santa Cruz, traces their histories.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Jun 02, 2022
Did the T. Rex have feathers?

Chances are, as an adult, you haven't been asked to name your favorite dinosaur. What are our common misunderstandings about dinosaurs? Why do we think they all lived at the same time? And, how did the T. Rex become a fan favorite?

Mike puts questions to paleontologists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County,  Dr. Luis Chiappe, SVP of Research and Collections, and Dr. Nathan Smith, Associate Curator of the Dinosaur Institute.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

May 26, 2022
How does the internet work?

Its replaced the library, the encyclopedia, broadcast and cable television, and the shopping mall. But, few of us know how the darn thing works. How does the internet stay running? What does its infrastructure look like? And, where does our information on the "cloud" go? 

Mike gets answers from Jill Duffy, writer and editor at PCMag.com, and Paul Brodsky, telecoms analyst with Telegeography.

See the map of the undersea cables at submarinecablemap.com

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

May 19, 2022
What's it like to drive a trash truck?

Who doesn't hate taking out the trash? Imagine doing it 900 times a day. 

What's a day in the life like behind the wheel of a trash truck doing what may be the city's most thankless task? 

Mike gets answers from solid waste truck operators, Prentice Bass and Kyle Johnson, and Thanos Gauthier, Public Works Superintendent for the City of Pasadena. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

May 12, 2022
Why do we dream?

Whether we can remember them or not, we all have dreams. How active are our brains when we sleep? Are our dreams telling us something? And, what explains recurring dreams?

Mike gets answers from psychologist and author who specializes in dreams, Ian Wallace, and psychotherapist, Dr. Leslie Ellis. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

May 05, 2022
Are you a cat person or a dog person?

When it comes to four-legged companions, our world has been divided into two camps - you either love dogs or fancy cats. Why do we prefer one furry friend over another? 

Mike puts these questions to experts - professional dog trainer, Nate Schoemer, and cat behavior consultant, Dr. Mikel Delgado. 

Check out Nate's YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/NateSchoemer

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Apr 28, 2022
How did bacon and eggs become a "thing"?

Bacon and eggs are synonymous with the classic American breakfast. But, has it always been that way? When and why did bacon and eggs become a cornerstone of traditional breakfast? Is breakfast really the "most important" meal of the day? And, how has breakfast evolved over time?

Mike gets answers from Dr. Dana Ellis Hunnes of UCLA, Professor Ken Albala at University of the Pacific, and owner of Simply Fuel, Mitzi Dulan, RD. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Apr 21, 2022
What's the deal with sneezing?

Achoo! Nothing signals the dawn of allergy season quite like that sensation you feel right before letting out a sneeze. While we all have our own unique sneezing style and cadence, it's almost impossible to fight the involuntary expulsion of air out our noses. Why do we sneeze? Are common myths about sneezing true? And, where do allergies come from?

Mike gets answers from Elisabeth Ference, MD at Keck Medicine of USC and Dr. Marc Meth at Century City Allergy in Los Angeles.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com 

Apr 14, 2022
Do you need to wash your jeans?

Low rise, high rise, bell bottoms, flares, boot cut, stone washed, slim-fit... whatever your preference, denim jeans are a staple of the modern wardrobe. And, despite their enduring place in fashion, how to take care of them still remains a mystery. What's the best way to keep your jeans clean? Is washing them a make or break for preserving their integrity?

Mike puts these questions to experts in the field of denim and textiles - Tony Patella of Tellason Denim and Rachel McQueen, PhD of University of Alberta.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Apr 07, 2022
What is déjà vu?

Ever feel like you've been here before? We call this mysterious feeling "déjà vu," French for "already seen." What causes it? And, how can it be explained?

Mike puts these questions to Dr. Akira O'Connor of University of St Andrews' School of Psychology and Neuroscience. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Mar 31, 2022
How do you get a good night's sleep?

Catching z's isn't easy. We use white noise machines, take supplements, drink teas, and count sheep... Yet, our efforts rarely result in quality rest. Why is it so difficult to achieve a good night's sleep? And, what can we do to wake up feeling refreshed when our alarms go off?

Mike gets answers from the Director of UCLA's Sleep Disorders Center, Dr. Alon Avidan.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Mar 24, 2022
What happens to the losing team's merch?

Every true sports fan dreams of the moment when their team is crowned world champs and, when that day finally comes, millions dash to buy all kinds of expensive swag to commemorate the victory. Now, there can only be one winner but, to hedge their bets, apparel makers produce "We Are The Champions" gear for BOTH teams long before a trophy is hoisted. 

What happens to the losers' hats, shirts, and sweats? Is all lost in defeat?

Mike gets the answers from Good360’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Development Officer, Shari Rudolph, and Jamie Mottram, President of BreakingT. 

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Mar 17, 2022
What's a "good" cup of coffee?

For many of us, before our morning cuppa Joe, we feel ineffective and even unapproachable. What magic does coffee work on those who consider it lifeblood? And, how has the seemingly simple blend of grounds and water evolved into a delicacy? 

Mike gets answers from Bobak Roshan of Demitasse Coffee, Jay Ruskie, CEO of Frinj Coffee, and Bill Ristenpart of the UC Davis Coffee Center.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Mar 10, 2022
Are supermarkets tricking us?

After a trip to the supermarket, even the most disciplined shopper will come home with a couple of items that weren’t on his or her list. What is the strange force that drives us to buy on impulse? Are we being unwittingly enticed into purchasing things we don’t want or really need?

Mike puts these questions to two experts in the field - Phil Lempert, editor at SuperMarketGuru.com, and founder of 80 Twenty Nutrition and registered dietitian Christy Brissette.

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Feb 24, 2022
Why do people love true crime?

Americans have an insatiable appetite for true crime. But few seem to be losing sleep after a midnight snack of terrifying true tales. 

Mike seeks answers to why this genre is so widely successful from Scott Bonn, author of "Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers," and Erin Moriarty from "48 Hours" on CBS, who know a thing or two about why Americans can't get their fill of murders and mayhem.  

Check out Erin's podcast "My Life of Crime with Erin Moriarty"

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com


Feb 17, 2022
What's it like to be a flight attendant?

Right now, tens of thousands of men and women are working 40,000 feet above our heads. These men and women are flight attendants. What's it really like to make your living inside a silver bullet that's traveling at 500 miles per hour? 

Mike gets the answers from two veterans of the friendly skies, United Airlines flight attendant, Bella Carter, and former flight attendant, Kat Kamalani. 

Find Kat on Tik Tok @katkamalani

Got questions? Email Mike at ivegotquestions@audacy.com

Feb 15, 2022