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Genealogy Gems Podcast shows you, the family historian, how to make the most out of your family history research time by providing quick and easy to use research techniques. In addition, you will learn creative ways to share your family tree and the legacy of your ancestors. Lisa Louise Cooke guides you through the exhilarating process of discovering your family tree. She scours the family history landscape to find and bring you the best websites, best practices, and best resources available ...
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Get an exclusive backstage pass to the world of a self-made content creator with “This Isn’t My Degree.” Join Original Dante as he shares his personal experiences and interview local creators who’ve defied expectations.
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Last Days explores the final days of some of the biggest icons in sports and entertainment, breaking down precisely what led to the passing of figures who were larger than life but somehow even bigger in death. Derek Kaufman and Jason Beckerman debunk the myths, unpack the tragedies, and tell the real stories behind the most fascinating celebrity deaths.
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On January 14, 2016, Alan Rickman died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Despite a reputation as one of the kindest men in Hollywood, Rickman made his name portraying some of the great bad guys in cinema history - from Hans Gruber, to the Sheriff of Nottingham, to Severus Snape - and in the process forever changed what it means to be a m…
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On April 10, 2024, OJ Simpson — one of the most decorated football players and controversial figures of the last half of the 20th century — passed away after a brief battle with prostate cancer. His football and acting legacies were forever eclipsed by his criminal trial and eventual acquittal for the vicious double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Bro…
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On May 2, 2012, Junior Seau -- an NFL legend who redefined the linebacker position during his career -- took his own life, shocking his friends, family, and many fans. Known for his fierce playing style and leadership on the field, Seau's impact on football forever changed and modernized the sport, but it was his untimely death that sparked a cruci…
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Ever find yourself caught in a passionate argument about the superior breakfast cereal, only to end up strolling down memory lane on a nostalgia-fueled bike ride with a lizard pouch inside of your grandparents' house? That's exactly where we kick things off in our latest episode. Our special guest, Lisa Camp, joins the fray, sharing her transition …
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Thirty years ago this week, on April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain - the Nirvana frontman whose raw, angst-ridden lyrics made him the voice for Gen X - killed himself in his Seattle home. Cobain’s death, brought on by years of drug use, physical pain, and depression, though tragic, cannot overshadow a singularly remarkable career that transformed American m…
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On March 29, 2024, Lou Gossett Jr. – who rose to fame with his Emmy-award-winning portrayal of Fiddler in the miniseries Roots and an Academy Award-winning turn as drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentlemen – died after a long illness, leaving behind a legacy as a pioneer of African-American actors, and as one of the kindest and most b…
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Strap in for a riveting journey as we sit down with the ever-iconic Ozzie, who opens up about the highs and lows of social media fame. You'll get a rare glimpse behind the curtain of online personas, where Ozzie reveals how he strikes a delicate balance between sharing his life with fans and preserving his own privacy. We discuss leveraging social …
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On December 5, 2022, Kirstie Alley -- best known for her iconic role as Rebecca Howe on Cheers and her memorable performances in movies like Look Who's Talking -- passed away from colorectal cancer at the age of 71. Alley's legacy was complicated by her public struggles with weight loss and personal views on various social and political issues, but…
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Picture this: a makeup artist turned food vlogger, with a secret penchant for dropping beats on SoundCloud—meet Luke, our Renaissance man, whose eclectic life is a treasure trove of creativity and surprises. We peel back the curtain on Luke's unconventional path, revealing the vibrant tapestry of hobbies and passions that fuel his fire. We'll cap o…
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On December 11, 1964, Sam Cooke – the singer and songwriter of some of the most recognizable soul and pop songs every written – including “Twisting the Night Away,” “You Send Me,” “Wonderful World,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” and so many more – was shot and killed in a Los Angeles motel. Cooke’s killing was perhaps the first modern true-crime story,…
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When Darius Cooks walks into the room, you can't help but feel the presence of someone who's poured their soul into their craft. And believe me, joining him in today’s conversation is Juwan Rice, whose culinary ventures have left a mark on the food landscape here in St. Louis. These two don't just cook; they transform familiar dishes into luxurious…
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AUDIO PODCAST SHOW NOTES: Discover more than 100,000 old family photos on . Founder Joe Bott explains how to find photos of your relatives on this free website, as well as how to post your unidentified photos. Who knows, someone else may spot your photo and have the answers. This interview is also available in video form on the show notes page. And…
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On July 2, 2004, Marlon Brando -- perhaps the most iconic film actor of the 20th century for his roles in classics like On the Waterfront and The Godfather -- passed away from a mysterious lung condition at the age of 80. Despite his personal troubles, Brando's groundbreaking and unconventional approach to acting ushered in a new era in Hollywood t…
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Len Bias was among the greatest basketball players ever who lived until his life was cut short by a lethal batch of cocaine. The true crime story of Bias’s death gripped the nation, but it left behind one of the most culturally destructive legacies in the history of sport. Hosts: Jason Beckerman & Derek Kaufman Learn more about your ad choices. Vis…
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When Luke Strege and I first crossed paths amidst the chaos of 2019, little did we know that our shared zest for videography would be the kindling for a friendship and professional camaraderie that spans from whimsical wedding shoots to the glitz of Los Angeles. This episode is a nostalgic trip and a treasure trove of insights as Luke and I trade t…
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John Denver -- one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the 70s -- tragically died in a plane crash in 1997 off the coast of California. Despite his untimely death, Denver's musical legacy continues to resonate with timeless hits like Take Me Home, Country Roads and Annie's Song, which remain cherished anthems to this day. But perhaps his m…
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This podcast is powered by Riverside - https://riverside.fm/ Ever had to sign a waiver to eat food before? This episode unfurls with the delectable musings of our special guest from Epic Eats - a connoisseur of the culinary arts based in St. Louis who isn't afraid to throw himself into the hottest of foods... and we ate the hottest of chicken on th…
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On January 10, 2016, David Bowie - the visionary iconoclast who blended rock, glam, and avant-garde styles to revolutionize music - died of liver cancer in his NYC apartment. Bowie's evolving musical styles and various persona over a five decade career have been emulated by generations of musicians - from Madonna to Prince, Lady Gaga to Kanye West,…
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As I sat nursing a warm cup of coffee, mulling over the recent content capture in Kansas City, it struck me just how much Instagram has morphed from a quirky photo-sharing app to a polished, algorithmic powerhouse. There was a time when our feeds were unfiltered windows into each other's lives; now they're carefully curated galleries where spontane…
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AUDIO PODCAST SHOW NOTES: Whether you want to visit the village where your ancestor was born on your next vacation, or you just want to find their records, you’ll need to know the exact place name and location. Professional genealogist Rich Venezia of joins me in this video to help us pin down those ancestral places. This interview is also availabl…
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On September 28, 2022, Coolio -- the iconic rapper best known for hits like Gangsta's Paradise and C U When You Get There -- died from an accidental drug overdose at a home in Los Angeles. With his trademark braids and laid back style, Coolio left a profound mark on the music industry with his unique blend of simple and sincere lyrics set against c…
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Ever find yourself on tiptoe at a concert, struggling to see the stage over a sea of heads? Grab your platform shoes and join us as we swap stories about the highs and lows of being height-challenged in crowded places, all while taking a stroll through the vibrant streets of St. Louis with our latest guest, Braden – a local influencer who's shaking…
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On September 7, 2018, Mac Miller – one of the brightest and most beloved young musicians in the world – died after taking counterfeit opioid pills laced with fentanyl. Three men accused of distributing the pills have since been brought to justice, but that is little solace to his family and friends who mourn his loss, and for his legion of fans who…
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On February 2, 2024, Carl Weathers -- the man who brought Apollo Creed to life on the big screen in four Rocky movies -- passed away at the age of 76. Although most associated with his role as Stallone's foil-then-friend in that film franchise, Weathers left behind a rich and varied legacy in Hollywood, bringing his trademark charisma and wit to ev…
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On October 10, 2004, Christopher Reeve -- the man who ushered in the modern wave of comic book heroes on the big screen with his Superman movies -- died from heart failure due to complications from a blood infection. Reeve burst on the Hollywood scene in the late 70s, bringing boyish good looks, effortless charm, and real acting chops from Juilliar…
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When you think your DMs are a circus, wait till you hear about the guy who took a walk on the wild side with a diaper – not kidding. This episode, I'm joined by Sasha Emiri, who takes us through her journey of becoming a content creator. From her 'cringy' start on Musical.ly to becoming the lifestyle queen of Twitch, Sasha's story is a testament to…
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On August 10, 2019, Jeffrey Epstein - one of the most notorious criminals in recent American history - was found dead of what was initially reported to be suicide by hanging. But over the next several weeks fissures emerged in the official story of Epstein's death with the revelation that prison guards and officials engaged in a cover-up to conceal…
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Sam is a talented culinary creative that enjoys cooking and creating content around his experimental style. Sam is also about to leave St. Louis, MO to move back to Jersey to pursue his dreams of being a food creator that makes a difference. I've got high hopes for him. In addition to his story, we discuss his content styles and how he structures c…
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AUDIO PODCAST SHOW NOTES: I've got two great genealogy topics and interviews for you in this audio podcast episode. First up we’re going to tackle the problem of conflicting birthdates. When you find different dates in a variety of genealogical records, how do you decide which one to record in your family tree database? Well, you have to do more di…
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In late December 2016, one of the brightest starts from Hollywood's Golden Age Debbie Reynolds and her multi-talented daughter and Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher passed away within 24 hours of each other. Their lives and careers charted very different courses in entertainment, but the personal hardships and difficult battles never broke their endur…
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Katie and I go way back, so we filmed this episode to discuss her start in the early days of YouTube, her rise to 100K+ subscribers, pivoting into short form content, and then we just go crazy with it. Vampires at Cracker Barrel. Mattress stores being money laundering. So much more. Enjoy. _______ Original Dante YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ori…
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George Michael - the Wham! frontman turned legendary solo performer - died on Christmas day, 2016, from heart failure brought on by years of substance abuse. Michael's life was derailed by his 1998 arrest for a lewd act, which made him the butt of jokes and subjected the famously-private star to unwanted media scrutiny. But in death he finally foun…
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The holiday hiatus is over! We're back for the unofficial "season 2" of This Isn't My Degree, and we're starting things off with Finnegan Stewart - a good friend and frequent supporter of the St. Louis creator economy. He's also a content creator himself, amassing hundreds of thousands of followers and hundreds of millions of views. I'll be honest,…
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On August 9, 2008, Bernie Mac -- star of countless movies and one of The Original Kings of Comedy -- died in a Chicago hospital after a lengthy battle with a rare lung disease. Although he only found mainstream success later in life, Mac left an indelible mark on the comedy world with his brash style that blended his often shockingly provocative ta…
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Special Update: Matthew Perry's Cause of Death - The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has released the autopsy report revealing Matthew Perry's official cause of death, providing answers to the questions surrounding his sudden and tragic passing. Hosts: Derek Kaufman & Jason Beckerman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice…
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On January 12, 2023, Lisa Marie Presley - the daughter and later the wife of, respectively, perhaps the two most famous entertainers of the 20th century - died from complications of a small bowel obstruction tied to weight loss surgery she'd undergone years before. Lisa Marie was a singer and a performer, a devoted mother, and the candle-bearer for…
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Victoria and I met years ago at a local creative networking event and I've been keeping up with what she's been up to creatively. She's elevated brand visuals on both a photo and video level, but I've always been curious about the wedding photo/video business. She told me that for her wedding, she didn't opt to have someone capture their day. Her a…
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On December 5, 2023, Norman Lear -- the man responsible for revolutionizing television in the 70s with a string of hit sitcoms, including All in the Family and Good Times -- passed away in his Los Angeles home at the age of 101. Already a television legend by his mid-50s, Lear could have spent the remainder of his incredible life basking in the glo…
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On March 4, 2019, Luke Perry died from a stroke at a Los Angeles hospital. Though Perry enjoyed a remarkable career renaissance near the end of his life, he will always be remembered for his portrayal of brooding heartthrob Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 - the breakout star from the iconic show that changed television forever. Hosts: Jason Bec…
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I've officially been a YouTube creator for eight years. EIGHT YEARS. The overwhelming majority of people have quit this by now, or they've blown up. Yet here I am, having done neither. In this episode, I discuss what it's really been like adapting and evolving to create better and better content each time. I've continued to improve and accelerate o…
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On April 10, 1992, Sam Kinison -- who turned screaming rants in small comedy clubs into a burgeoning career in Hollywood -- died after drunk driver crashed into his car on a California highway. Although remembered for his indulgent lifestyle, Kinison's tragic death at the age of just 38 had nothing to do with his vices and cut short one of the most…
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On September 14, 2021, Norm Macdonald -- the legendary SNL alum and one of the greatest stand-up comedians of his generation -- passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer that he had waged privately for many years. His death shocked even some of his closest friends in the comedy world, but his fearless and wholly unique voice left behind a lega…
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I was casually browsing Reddit and discovered a post in r/Missouri that was on my home feed. I stumbled upon Holden's journey, where he is walking across the country and happens to be entering Missouri. I shot him a message and said "well, when you hit St. Louis, let's film a podcast episode!" So we did. In this episode, we discuss the highs and lo…
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On October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who revolutionized personal computing and transformed the way we listen to music, watch movies, and communicate over the phone, died of pancreatic cancer. Jobs's legacy is complex - he was both a relentless innovator and a workplace tyrant, an unmatched visionary and someone who often took credit…
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On September 4, 2006, Steve Irwin -- the global sensation best known as "The Crocodile Hunter" from his countless nature shows -- was killed in a freak accident while filming near the Great Barrier Reef. Despite the inherent danger of his profession, the sudden tragedy shocked the world and shattered the lives of his wife and two young children, wh…
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On November 1, 2023, Bobby Knight -- the legendary college basketball coach best known for his trademark red sweater and fiery outbursts -- passed away at the age of 83 after years of declining health. Although lauded by many former players and fellow coaches for his undeniable contributions to the game, his legacy is complicated by his controversi…
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On Saturday, October 28, 2023, Matthew Perry – who will forever be remembered for his portrayal of Chandler Bing for ten seasons on Friends – drowned in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home. Though Perry struggled for decades with drug and alcohol addiction, his legacy endures as one of the most iconic television actors ever, and a man beloved by ca…
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Natalia is one of the most extraordinary people I've ever met. She applied for a job with STL Bucket List (an opening that called for a COLLEGE junior, not a high school junior), got it, and it was just the beginning of her long list of accomplishments. From starting her own business to putting a spotlight on culture and focusing on building the fu…
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