National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated hit series Brain Games returns to the airwaves with Johns Hopkins psychologist Dr. Susan Carnell kicking things off! Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan Wiggs latest work, The Beekeepers Ball, “a dazzling intergenerational tale of courage and hope.” This great summer read continues in her tradition of writing heart warming novels with substantive plot lines and her trademark engaging writing style.

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Susan Wiggs is a Harvard graduate and former math teacher who has enjoyed immense success as a writer, becoming internationally recognized with millions of copies of her books in print. Her legions of fans will not be disappointed with her latest work, The Beekeepers Ball, as it cements her reputation as a writer with richly imagined plots that weaves secrets, family ties, and the inedible imprint love can make on the heart. A #1 NYT and USA Today bestseller, Susans first novel was published in 1987 and since then her 40 contemporary and historical novels have garnered her numerous prestigious awards, and her works regularly appear on “Best Of” lists including those featured on NPR and Booklist. Based in Bainbridge Island, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers’ conferences and libraries across the country.

Have you ever heard the phrase “thinking with your stomach?” National Geographic’s Brain Games returns with an episode in which you will discover that what ends up in your belly has more to do with your brain than your mouth. Johns Hopkins psychologist Dr. Susan Carnell guests on the first episode this season and helps educate viewers on topics such as some VERY surprising ingredients that may color your food, why many food companies are more concerned with what’s on the box rather than what’s inside, and why seeing red can make you reach for something you might otherwise pass up.  Dr. Carnell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.  Her research focuses on the psychological and biological drivers of appetite.

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