The Fascinating History of Blue Jeans & Incredible Science About You and Your World
Published November 15, 2018
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    The evidence is pretty clear that in order to be productive and to do excellent work, you need to take breaks. You can’t just work non-stop. But when is the best time to take a break? I begin this episode by telling you EXACTLY when to take a break for optimum performance. There’s a pretty good chance you have at least one or two pairs of blue jeans – and maybe many more in lots of other colors! Jeans are the iconic American garment and have been for decades. Even as fashions and trends have come and gone there has always been a place for jeans. So where did they come? Why have they lasted? And what exactly is denim anyway – how is it different from other fabrics? Journalist James Sullivan, author of the book, Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon ( joins me to take you on an historical journey from Italy to the American west to a John Wayne movie set to explain the story of blue jeans.  I bet there is someone famous or rich or super successful you would love to meet and maybe even get their advice –right? But you probably never tried because you figured they would never respond and it would be a complete waste of time. And maybe it would be. And then again, maybe not. Listen as I tell a story of a regular guy with no connections who got a lot of very important people to talk to him and exactly how he did it. You have got to hear science writer Marcus Chown explain why over 99% of your DNA isn’t yours or how you could squeeze the entire human race into a space the size of a sugar cube or why the moon is actually hurtling towards earth – constantly! Marcus is author of the new book, Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand – 50 Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe ( and he joins me to explain some scientific facts that will absolutely amaze you.  This Week's Sponsors Calming Comfort Blanket. For 15% off the posted price of this incredible blanket to help you sleep better, go to and use the promo code SOMETHING. -SimpliSafe Home Security.  For great home security with no contracts or hidden fees go to -LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. To redeem a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit and launch your first campaign, go to Madison Reed. For 10% off plus free shipping on your first order go to For a great online shopping experience go to  Lincoln. To learn more about the Lincoln MKC go to
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