Show Notes for Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Today we visit with Mary Robertson and Emma Schwartz, makers of the documentary “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV” which aired originally on Investigation Discovery. Now available on Max. 



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March 27th

Celebrate Exchange Day

International Medical Science Liaison Day

International Whiskey Day

National Acoustic Soul Day

National Joe Day

National Medical Science Liaison Awareness And Appreciation Day

National Scribble Day

National Spanish Paella Day

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

Viagra Day

World Theatre Day

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In a world of skyrocketing tuition and a changing job market, is it still worth it to go to college or university? Definitely, according to new data. Researchers from New York University and Rutgers University evaluated the economic returns of pursuing higher education. They compared the lifetime earnings of almost 6 million people, some of whom hold a bachelor’s degree, some with only a high school diploma. They discovered a big financial advantage for college grads, with an estimated annual return on investment (ROI) of 9.88% for women and 9.06% for men. That represents the average yearly financial gain one can expect from their degree over the course of their career, compared to the costs of college education. As the researchers pointed out: “On average, a college degree offers better returns than the stock market.” They determined that fields such as engineering and computer science boasted the highest financial rewards, boosting median returns to more than 13%.

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A campaign in the UK is urging tech giants to stop autocorrecting people’s names. Research shows that 41% of the most popular recent UK baby names are routinely flagged as errors by autocorrect. “I am Not A Typo” is asking device makers to “correct autocorrect” in the name of equality. Those behind the effort said: “Our names are the most important words in our lives – part of our identity. Our children should not be ‘othered’ by the technology that is integral to their lives.” LINK:


Popeye’ is sailing back to the big screen. The iconic spinach-eater, who first appeared in comic strips in the 1920s, will be the subject of a new big-budget feature film, currently in development. This is the first live-action revisiting of the character since the 1980 film “Popeye,” led by Robin Willians. Directed by Robert Altman and co-starring Shelley Duvall as the quirky love interest ‘Olive Oyl’, the film was panned upon release but has since gained cult status and critical reconsideration.

Conor McGregor says his role in the new “Road House” reboot (on Amazon Prime) is just the beginning. When asked about his future show biz aspirations, the UFC superstar said “of course” he’s planning to keep pursuing his new career. While it’s unclear exactly what’s next for the 35-year-old, when he was asked if he has more roles lined up, he quickly responded: “For sure, for sure!” As for how his first job in the industry went, early reviews for the Road House reimagining are positive, and there are no doubts that McGregor knows how to kick butt on command, and on cam. He’s also keeping up with his day job — training for an upcoming bout with Michael Chandler.

Sharon Stone says she’ll only return to Hollywood if she’s offered a really good part, after swapping acting for painting. The 66-year-old “Basic Instinct” star walked away from her movie career to focus on her love of art instead, but admitted she would happily return to the big screen if the right role came up. She told the Guardian newspaper that she “absolutely loved” working as an actress, and “If someone offers me a substantial role, I’m going to take it.

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According to a study, chemicals found in human sweat can spread happiness to those nearby.

Last year, the rapper Afroman officially filed papers to run for president.

Plans have been revealed for what will be the world’s largest airplane. The “WindRunner,” designed by Colorado-based energy company Radia, is an enormous cargo carrier measuring a whopping 356 feet (109m) long and 79 feet (24m) tall, with a wingspan of 261 feet (80m). That’s almost as long as an NFL football field and 127 feet longer than the world’s largest passenger plane. And by the way, to accommodate the jumbo jet’s landing, a 6,000-foot runway will also need to be constructed.

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One of the late Stephen Hawking’s widely-accepted theories is that black holes aren’t black.

There’s an island in Japan you can visit that’s inhabited only by friendly bunnies.

In the 19th century, experts warned women about a disease called ‘bicycle face’, which meant getting stuck with the awkward faces they made while biking.

All-Bran cereal is only 87% bran.

Alexander Graham Bell initially suggested that the standard greeting when answering a telephone should be “ahoy”.


31% of singles say they have dated someone they met HERE. Where is it?

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Barbie’ will be one of the star attractions of a newly-announced theme park. Mattel, Inc., in collaboration with Epic Resort Destinations, has announced the development of a second Mattel Adventure Park at a new entertainment resort in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Ground will be broken later this year on the new, family-friendly themed destination, slated to open in 2026. The new Mattel Adventure Park Kansas City will offer many of the attractions of the Mattel Adventure Park Glendale, Arizona, including Hot Wheels roller coasters. The new KC location will also boast the Barbie Beach House, featuring an interactive retail experience where fans can create their own customized Barbie sets, using hologram technology to make Barbie come to life. In addition to a Barbie-themed flying theater, the attraction will feature a restaurant and bar called The Barbie Rooftop. LINK:

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Lamborghini Started Out Making Tractors: At some point, a beef with Enzo Ferrari led to the company making sports cars, but it still makes tractors to this day.

Shell used to literally sell shells: In the 1800s, antique dealer Marcus Samuel expanded his business by selling exotic seashells. This required a large import/export infrastructure. When he died, his sons took over and developed an interest in importing and exporting oil.

Avon used to sell books: In the 1800s, founder David McConnell was a door-to-door book salesman. To get his foot in the door, he offered women a free vial of perfume that he made himself. It turned out that his perfume was much more popular than the books.

Mazda made corks: The company was founded in 1920 as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co in Japan. After about a decade, the company did a complete 180 and got into manufacturing vehicles.

Samsung was basically a general store: Founded as Samsung Sanghoe in 1938, it sold dried fish, noodles and other groceries. By the 1950s, the company was branching out into insurance, construction, and even a theme park. But electronics turned out to be their big money maker.

Taco Bell was originally a hot dog stand: In 1948, Glen Bell ran Bell’s Drive-In, selling hot dogs and burgers. But he noticed the popularity of the cafĂ© across the street, which sold tacos. He got friendly with staff there, learned their recipes, and opened his first taco stand in 1951.

Play Doh Started as Wallpaper Cleaner: The company was a struggling soap manufacturer that started making wallpaper cleaner, at a time when coal soot was an issue inside people’s homes. A relative of one of the owners had a daycare and gave some of the wallpaper cleaner to the kids to play with — and they loved it. The formula was adjusted by adding color and a scent — and Play Doh was born.

Louis Vuitton was a Box Maker: 13-year-old Louis worked as a packer, making fancy custom boxes for various goods. He was so skilled, he was hired by Napoleon’s wife, and eventually developed a line of travel trunks. His family carried on in the business, expanding to all kinds of high-end, elegant products.

Nintendo Made Playing Cards: The company predates not just video games but even electricity, in most homes. They started way back in 1889 in Kyoto, Japan as a playing card business.

NASCAR started as a group of bootleggers: The largest stock car racing organization in the world has roots in an era when drivers ran bootleg whiskey in the US. They typically used small, fast vehicles to evade police. Many drivers would modify their cars for speed, handling, and increased cargo capacity.

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