Thursday, July 11, 2019


The impact on the stock market, interest rate projections, the job market and overall economy 

SCOTT SUMNER is the Ralph G. Hawtrey Chair of Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is our guest.


Sumner is also Professor Emeritus at Bentley University and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. In his writing and research, Sumner specializes in monetary policy, the role of the international gold market in the Great Depression, and the history of macroeconomic thought.




  • Why was there no president in the White House for almost 4 years after WWII?
  • What’s been called the toughest decision any U.S. president has ever had to make?
  • How did the U.S. get valuable intelligence in World War II from a mediocre baseball player?
  • Why is the emergency phone number 9-1-1?
  • How long did it take women anywhere in the world to get the right to vote in a national election?
  • Which U.S. state has the exact same name as a foreign nation?
  • How many cities have been the capital of the U.S.?
  • When did the U.S. serenade Queen Elizabeth as a tramp?
  • Why are lobbyists called lobbyists?
  • When did the U.S. have three presidents in one year?
  • The two most incredible foul balls ever hit in baseball?
  • A question for the kids – – why was the number 6 afraid?
  • Which two U.S. state capital cities end in the letter “u”?
  • What are the incredible number of tragedies that struck the Kennedy family?
  • How many U.S. presidents have been older than 70? 

Radio talk show hosts gave CHARLES REICHBLUM  the nickname “Dr. Knowledge” — an appropriate name for a man who has amassed one of the world’s largest collections of interesting facts and stories over more than 50 years as a journalist. Charles now presents the best of his formidable collection in this book of all-time fascinating facts.The All-Time Book of Fascinating Facts is packed with information that will surprise and challenge — information that entertains, educates, enlightens, and is fun to read. With over 500 interesting stories in easy to access question and answer format, readers can quiz themselves or quiz others, and never be at a loss for an intriguing fact or memorable story. For the past seven years, Charles has been broadcasting the daily “Dr. Knowledge Feature” nationwide on the CBS radio network and for 10 years he also hosted the “Dr. Knowledge Show” on station KDKA in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He has written 11 Knowledge in a Nutshell®and Dr. Knowledge Presents books, and he won the Freedoms Foundation Award for his book Greatest Events in American History.. 



July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Apollo 11 was the culmination of the “space race” between the United States and the Soviet Union. But within the space race was a “science race”- a competition of sorts within the scientific community: which experiments might get selected by NASA to go on that historic mission. One experiment that was one of the winners of the “science race” was the Lunar Laser Retro-Reflector. It even was prominently featured in an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” hit sitcom. The experiment used highly-specialized reflector mirrors so a laser beam sent from earth to the moon would bounce back and the distance between the earth and the moon could be accurately calculated. Fifty years later, this experiment is the only piece of equipment at the Apollo 11 landing site still operating. And it tells us the precise distance between the earth and moon down to a few millimeters. And if you use GPS for directions, you have the Lunar Laser Retro-Reflector to thank.

Joining us to talk about it is DR. TODD JAEGER, a scientist and Global Director for Optics for Heraeus, which manufactured the array of optical reflector mirrors that made it possible.Dr. Jaeger also formerly worked for NASA. He was a Research Scientist at Goddard Flight Center for the Laser Risk Reduction Program, investigating degradation of optics in space-based lasers.