I’ve Got Questions with Mike Simpson


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 [email protected].

  • 6 minutes 38 seconds
    It's time to shave down some horse teeth. Also, house cows!

    We're headed to a ranch today to meet up with Dr. Katie Nenn. She's a large animal veterinarian and runs NENN Equine. This started as an episode on animal dentistry (horse mouthwash is a thing that exists) but Dr. Nenn tells us about all sorts of animals that you wouldn't expect to find in Southern California. Look for the team from NENN on TV soon, they're working on a new show.

    27 June 2024, 7:01 am
  • 6 minutes 37 seconds
    "The Bug Lady" and her hundreds of butterflies

    Dress like a flower! We're taking a trip to the Natural History Museum of LA County today so we can check out the "Butterfly Pavilion." It's something that happens over a few months and it's a chance to learn about all sorts of butterflies. Why do we need them? Are they really that delicate? And how does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? We're back with a previous guest from the old "I've Got Questions" podcast -- spread your wings and enjoy!

    20 June 2024, 7:01 am
  • 6 minutes 22 seconds
    Giant blocks of ice and a man with a chainsaw...

    Have you ever been to a party or a wedding that had an ice sculpture? Was it some sort of dolphin? Maybe a swan? What about a giraffe or an astronaut? On this episode, we're headed to LA Ice Art to meet Rex Covington. He's been carving ice since the 1980's and he's one of the best around. We'll hear about some of the biggest pieces he's done and about how he forms that ice from a 300lb block into a work of art.

    For more on Rex and his sculptures: https://laiceart.com/

    13 June 2024, 7:01 am
  • 6 minutes 27 seconds
    When a goth kid brings their "normal" friend...

    Get ready to get weird! We're headed to the "Oddities and Curiosities Expo" this week to take a walk on the darker side. We'll see booths with taxidermy, boxes full of creepy dolls, paintings of clowns, quack medical devices, soap named after serial killers, and funeral... collectibles? The expo is a traveling show that goes across the US and Australia. It started small but now draws more than 15,000 people each weekend. Take a look: odditiesandcuriositiesexpo.com

    6 June 2024, 7:01 am
  • 7 minutes 44 seconds
    Pretzels? Fruit plate? Caviar? We're eating airplane food!

    Time to head to LAX ... but not to catch a flight. We're paying a visit to LSG Sky Chefs, one of the largest companies that provides catering to airlines. It's a huge operation that runs 24/7 and cooks up 15,000 meals each day. How is all that food prepared? How fresh is it? What are they eating up there in First Class? We'll take a look at how menus have changed over time and do a full tour from the kitchen right out to the tarmac.

    30 May 2024, 7:01 am
  • 6 minutes 31 seconds
    Apple Mint, Wasabi Arugula and Limequats

    Come shopping with us at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market so we can get some plants at Logan's Gardens! Logan Williams and his father have one of the only black-owned nurseries in Los Angeles and they sell things you probably haven't heard of before. We'll do some tomato talk, explore leafy greens that have a kick and take you through their mint varieties -- berries and cream, anyone? Apple? They have 80 of them! You can find Logan's Gardens Wednesdays and Saturdays in Santa Monica and at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays.

    16 May 2024, 7:01 am
  • 7 minutes 9 seconds
    Back in time! To the Renaissance Faire!

    Put on your costume and grab a turkey leg because it's time for the Ren Faire! We're headed out to Irwindale for the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire. We'll watch some jousting, check out the shops, learn about glass blowing and fencing -- and maybe have a cup or two of mead. 

    If you're catching this episode when it posts, find tickets for the final two weekends here: https://renfair.com/socal/

    9 May 2024, 7:01 am
  • 6 minutes 28 seconds
    Fixing a Fabergé egg ... and a Godzilla head

    You break it, you buy it? On this episode, Mike visits Fine Art Restoration to put some things back together. The owner,  Henri Laborde, works with everyone from moving companies to museums and some of the pieces he repairs are worth thousands of dollars. Others are just sentimental. This is our last episode for this round, so send us ideas: [email protected]. Thanks!

    7 March 2024, 8:01 am
  • 6 minutes 20 seconds
    A robot grew me some spinach

    Were the greens at your grocery store grown by a robot? If it says "Plenty" on the packaging, then yes! We take a visit to an indoor vertical farm in Compton. We'll be surrounded by big mechanical arms, grow lights, and towers full of spinach, kale, arugula and lettuce. These plants never touch human hands ... just robo-fingers.

    29 February 2024, 8:01 am
  • 7 minutes 18 seconds
    Light the fuse! It's time for fireworks!

    Safety first, but we're going to blow some stuff up! For this week's episode, we're with the operators of a professional fireworks show in Manhattan Beach. We'll learn that most designers start with the soundtrack or finale first and then work backwards. And we'll hear about how most fireworks are named after flowers. No radio reporters were harmed in the taping of this podcast.

    22 February 2024, 8:01 am
  • 6 minutes 55 seconds
    From showers to flowers...

    Reduce, reuse, recycle - even when it comes to water! We're learning about water treatment today with LA Sanitation, by taking millions of gallons of dirty water and making it clean. How good are the filters they use? How do they actually get all that gross stuff out? And what do they do with the water after? Hold your nose and let's get a closer look!

    15 February 2024, 8:01 am
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