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On this episode, we chat with Jordan England, founder and CEO of Industry West. Industry West is a seriously swanky furniture manufacturer based in Jacksonville that's known for designing industrial and mid-century modern inspired pieces that can work with just about any style and setting.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Founded in 1977, Sally Corporation began as an animatronic production company to help market corporate brands in a unique and entertaining way. Since then, Sally has evolved into the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of the most successful dark rides around the world. We interview Sally Corp chairman and CEO, John Wood, about the magic ...…
 
Author and Journalist, Craig Pittman, joins us on the show to talk about his New York Times Best-Selling book, Oh, Florida! It's a hilarious and historical exploration of our marvelously weird "Sunshine State" that proves Florida is both a paradise and a punchline.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
On this episode, we interview Ryan Fletcher who is the owner of Young Buck Coffee Roasters here in Jacksonville. It’s a start-up coffee company that’s already making a huge splash in the community, no pun intended. Ryan gives us his expert insight on coffee, plus we do an on-air coffee tasting that’s both educational and delicious.…
 
Dave "Bio" Baranek was an aerial combat instructor at the elite Navy Fighter Weapons School, Topgun. While serving as an instructor in 1985, he had the unusual experience of flying aerial sequences used in the film "Top Gun." We chat with him about his experiences and about his book Top Gun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory ...…
 
Don't try this at home, kids! As we wait for Hurricane Dorian to arrive, we wanted revisit Hurley and Jenna's interview from last year with Lane Pittman, also known as Hurricane Lane. His videos headbanging to Slayer holding an American flag during hurricanes have millions of views. He has been featured on Fox News and invited to rock out with ...…
 
On this episode, we chat with Chris Gabbard about his new book, A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir. Dr. Gabbard recounts his unexpected journey to enlightenment while caring for his son, August, who was profoundly mentally and physically handicapped due to medical malpractice.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
On this episode, we sit down with Veronica Pasciuto, owner and founder of Celestial Farms. Celestial Farms is an animal rescue that opened in the spring of 2000 with the goal to learn, heal, and grow. Veronica talks about the work her and her team put into the farm every day, the adorable animals you can expect to find if you visit, and some of ...…
 
Dr. Michael Wiley is a local author and literature professor at the University of North Florida. He joins us today to discuss his latest novel, Monument Road, which is a robust and thrilling tale set right here in Northeast Florida. Dr. Wiley tells us about his writing process and the peculiar research that goes into writing crime fiction.…
 
To help parents and kids get back in the groove of a school routine, we sit down with Rebecca McNeil, an early educator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School to help inspire you to start the year off right. We cover the things to do, read and say to make this transition a confidence-building experience for both you and your child.…
 
On this episode of Completely Booked, we chat with Scott Meyer from Congaree and Penn. Scott started Congaree and Penn as a tiny rice farm in 2014 and with the help of his wife, Lindsay, it’s now a thriving farm that’s spearheaded a new wave of agrotourism in Jacksonville. Congaree and Penn is not your average farm, and Scott gives us his insig ...…
 
Bob Dekle was the leading prosecutor in the Ted Bundy trial for the murder of Kimberly Leach. He talks us through the process of piecing together evidence in a time before DNA testing was available and how he was able to convict Bundy of first degree murder. We pick Mr. Dekle’s brain a bit to find out what it was like to prosecute one of the mo ...…
 
In 2010, the library started a project called Voices of the First Coast. It was a local initiative modeled after StoryCorps, a nationwide story project, designed to record, preserve and share the stories from our local community. Jacksonville Public Library and the local National Public Radio station WJCT collaborated to capture these oral hist ...…
 
Today we chat with Amy Barnett, President of the American Civility Association. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, Amy founded the ACA in 2014 to implement programs under the multi-platform, interactive Brain-builder's Operation Safe Schools series that takes trainers, educators and their students on a journey into the world of civili ...…
 
July 2019 marks the very first Graphic Novels in Libraries Month! Shawn Norton, manager of the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Library, chats with us about his personal graphic novel recommendations, as well as the literary merits of comics and graphic novels.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
On this episode, we chat with former Times-Union photojournalist, Bruce Lipsky. He's captured 35 years worth of Jacksonville's history– the good, the bad, and the ugly– and today, he shares some of those experiences with us.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Today, we chat with Juan-Carlos Villatoro. He’s a Navy Veteran and entrepreneur who’s spearheaded a variety of startups and programs focused on environmental sustainability and challenging the way we recycle and process old materials. Juan-Carlos breaks down some pretty complex projects he’s been a part of, and what’s he's currently working on ...…
 
If you’re pining for some creative inspiration, Mark Ari has you covered. Ari is a writer, painter, singer-songwriter, and among many other things– a creative writing professor at UNF. On today's episode, he chats with us about his writing process, cultivating a creative community in Jacksonville, and how his Jewish American heritage shaped him ...…
 
Mary Mychael and Eric Waln, owners of The Riverdale Inn, join us on our show today to talk about the Riverside mansion's unique history, what it takes to be successful innkeepers, and the importance of preserving our city's past. You'll also meet the new Completely Booked Podcast hosts, Amanda and Gabby!…
 
Kate Caliendo, one of the talented horn musicians with the Jacksonville Symphony, joins us on our show today to talk about her trajectory into classical music, her all-time favorite symphonic pieces, as well as the future of classical music.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Mark McCombs believes that every kid should build a robot. He's the founder of Renaissance Jax, a nonprofit organization providing STEM education and robotics competition to North Florida. He's out to make Jacksonville a better, smarter place!By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Kelsey Beckmann is here to tell you that good food can make you faster, stronger and healthier. She's a registered dietician and owner of Meteor Nutrition, where she offers customized meal plans for clients, particularly athletes. Kelsey is also a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials (no big deal). In fact, the first race she ever ran ...…
 
This week on our show, former Second City improviser Robert Reid catches us up on his current improvising with his troupe Spotlight Giant and discusses the importance of "yes and" in every part of life.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Jake Gordon is the CEO of Downtown Vision, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to create and support a vibrant Downtown and to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. Jake tells us all about what Downtown Vision is currently working on, and what the goals are for the future. He gives us so ...…
 
Melissa Nelson is the State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, serving Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties ... she explains what that means, don't worry! We talk with her about her path from law school to running for a public office. She tells us about the difficulties of this position and how she maintains work-life effectiveness. Follow St ...…
 
Tracy Collins, aka Tracy Dot Com, is on the show today to discuss her new book, Stumbling Into Sobriety. We discuss what it's like to live a sober life as a media personality, as well as her biggest challenges writing her book.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Badr Milligan is one of the founders and co-hosts of The Shortbox Podcast, Jacksonville's premier comic book and pop culture podcast! Hurley and Jenna were featured on their show in February 2019 to talk Goosebumps and Jax Book Fest. Badr discusses his show and love of comic books. Jenna and Producer Bryan give you an overview of our upcoming C ...…
 
Gabrielle Magid is Stronger Than Stigma. The nonprofit organization founder started focusing on millennial mental health advocacy back in 2013 when she was a student at the University of Florida. During our conversation, Gabrielle shares the challenges of running a nonprofit from a young age, the mission behind her Nobody's Happy comedy tour, a ...…
 
Keith Marks wants us all to get curious. He's the founder of Avant, a nonprofit organization bringing musical acts to the Jacksonville area—many of which the people of Jacksonville have never heard of. He's also the donor of the Jacksonville Public Library's Radical Jewish Music collection, which he tells us all about during our engaging conver ...…
 
In this episode of Completely Booked, Ken explains the vision and process of the name change and what he hopes to bring to the Jacksonville community. He discusses his career at the Washington Post; starting as an intern and rising to the position of Vice President of Advertising, and most recently, Chief Revenue Officer of Washington Post Medi ...…
 
Ever wondered what it takes to take a book from manuscript to publication? Literary editor Jessica Hatch of Hatch Editorial Services is here to walk us through the process. How does a book get picked up for trade publishing? What does it take for a book to become a bestseller? Find out on this episode! Jessica also tells us some of her favorite ...…
 
This is it! R.L. Stine is on Completely Booked this week. We fainted just before we recorded this so hopefully you can't tell. Bob (he let us call him Bob) was one of the nicest and most jovial people ever. He told us about his start writing for a comedy magazine, and how he tried to resist writing the Goosebumps books at first. He also tells u ...…
 
DJ, rapper and queer-identifying social justice warrior GeeXella is on our show today. We discuss Duval Folx, an inclusive dance party they established in 2018, as well as the tragic car accident that shaped their life. Follow GeeXella on Instagram.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Jax Book Fest is this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019! Goosebumps author R.L. Stine and author of the Black Lagoon series, Mike Thaler will be there to meet you and sign your books. Hurley and Jenna are giving you the inside scoop on how to guarantee you have a spot in line for R.L. Stine's presentation and book signing. Don't miss this incredible even ...…
 
Rodney Hurst is a civil rights activist, a black historian, and the author of two award-winning books. He joins Hurley and Jenna on Completely Booked to tell the real history of the bloody events of August 27, 1960, when 200 whites with ax handles and baseball bats attacked members of the Jacksonville, Florida Youth Council NAACP who were demon ...…
 
Jacksonville native, Victoria Crawford or Alicia Fox as she's known in the ring, is on the show today! Alicia is the longest contracted WWE Diva, or female WWE wrestler. She tells us about her career in the ring, and what she has coming in her life beyond WWE.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
We love books around here, especially new and exciting books. Our resident Librarian Ninjas are telling us what's hot in 2019, and how the library decides which books to buy. Books Jenna and Hurley are reading: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman + Megan Mullally And We're Off by Dana Schwartz Inevitable Bestsellers in 2019: I Ow ...…
 
Nathan Ballentine aka the Man in Overalls is here to save the day and your dead plants. Nathan is a huge advocate for growing your own groceries, and he offers lots of free resources to help you do it. He also lends his expertise (for a fee) getting your personal garden started. Hurley and Jenna also start a new segment called "Renew or Return" ...…
 
William has been an educator for 31 years and has a passion for technology and teaching students about STEAM. William is also a proud Educator Cardholder and listener of the Completely Booked podcast. He tells us about his love of educating and why STEAM is so important for children.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS! And our guests on the show today, Dontavious Pittman and Natalie McGriff both agree. These incredible authors have taken it on themselves to write encouraging and diverse children's book. Natalie wrote her first book when she was just seven years old! Learn more about Natalie and her series "The Adventures of Moxie McGrif ...…
 
Author, historian, and local celebrity Tim Gilmore shares some of his favorite memories of writing and researching the sketchy history of our peculiar city. Tim is the author of 17 books, the founder of the JaxbyJax literary festival, and the creator of jaxpsychogeo.com.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
We're taking a break this week, but we wanted to make sure you got to listen to one of our favorite episodes of the year. Happy New Year friends, we'll see if you in 2019! What happens when you put 400 alligator eggs from Louisiana on a rooftop in Jacksonville, FL? Find out in our interview with Adam Rosenblatt, assistant professor of Biology a ...…
 
Happy Holidays everyone! Hurley and Jenna are joined by their most famous guest yet ... SANTA! The jolly ole chap gives some crucial advice to kids still trying to make the nice list, and let's in on some of his favorite reads.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Some incredible books were released in 2018; Becoming by Michelle Obama, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and so many more! Hurley and Jenna, and several library staff members tell us about their favorites from the year! Visit our podcast page to put these great reads on hold!By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected thousands of stories from people all across the United States. The NPR oral history project archives each story in the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. We spoke with the site manager Jacqueline Van Meter, who's parked the StoryCorps Airstream mobile studio in Memorial Park to collect stories fr ...…
 
The latest exhibit in the Jax Makerspace Gallery is called Ties and Knots: Weaving Narratives of Northeast Florida. Hurley and Jenna talk with three of the extremely talented artists during the opening reception at downtown Art Walk. They tell us about their processes as an artist and what compelled them to begin working in this notoriously tra ...…
 
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has impacted generations. The book was voted America’s best-loved novel during The Great American Read. We spoke with Cheryl Goodman, English teacher at Nease High School, about the ways this book stays relevant in the 21st century.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
Celeb chef Kenny Gilbert is here to share his top BBQ secrets. He discusses his journey to becoming a multi-restaurant owner and contestant on Top Chef and Beat Bobby Flay, plus his experience writing his first book, A Chef’s Journal. We also get into a heated round of rapid fire questions, plus a pimento cheese and smoked conch dip tasting tha ...…
 
Dr. Tracy Alloway is an associate professor of Psychology at UNF and a working memory expert. Dr. Alloway stops by to tell us how her research of working memory can improve our health. She also explains the reasoning behind her odd hobby of barefoot running.By Jacksonville Public Library.
 
On Nov. 1, 2018, fourth grader Micah Hall took office. He was nominated by two of his teachers to be Kid Mayor for the day with Mayor Lenny Curry. Micah stops by the podcast studio to tell Jenna all about his day in office and his hoop dreams. Micah was our first mayor on the show, but definitely won't be the last.…
 
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