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Completely Booked

Every Monday Hurley and Jenna team up to bring you lively discussions with interesting and inspiring local Jacksonville residents, and the latest happenings at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Notorious Tearjerkers - StoryCorps with Jacqueline Van Meter

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 site manager Jacqueline Van Meter, who's parked the StoryCorps Airstream mobile studio in Memorial Park to collect stories from the people of Jacksonville.

Live from Art Walk - Ties and Knots Exhibit

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—Jefferson Streeter, Traci Mims and Stephanie Cafcules—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 traditional medium.

America's Favorite Book Is ...

This class novel has impacted generations and 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. Listen on to discover which book won!

 

Elbows Deep in Pimento Cheese - Chef Kenny Gilbert

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 that leaves Hurley and Jenna (and even Producer Bryan) speechless.  

BONUS: Mayor for the Day - Micah Hall

On Nov. 1, 2018, fourth grader Micah Hall took office as the Mayor of Jacksonville. 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.

Barefoot Brain - Dr. Tracy Alloway

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.

Headbanging and Hurricanes - Florida Man Lane Pittman

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 some incredible bands. Lane Pittman is a Jacksonville legend and he talks all about his overnight fame with Hurley and Jenna. Don't miss our video of Lane doing his infamous headbanging throughout the Main Library!

Who Ya Gonna Call - PFC Paranormal

Hurley and Jenna posing with Misty DarnellOn this special Halloween episode of Completely Spooked we sit down with the Ghostbuster of Jacksonville, Misty Darnell. Misty is the founder of PFC Paranormal, a local nonprofit that investigates what goes bump in the night. Misty tells a spooky ghost stories that keeps Jenna and Hurley up for weeks. 

Nevertheless She Persisted - Nikesha Williams

Jenna and Hurley posing with Nikesha Williams in front of the local author collectionThis week, local author Nikesha Elise Williams joins us to chat about her books, Four Women and The Appeal of Ebony Jones. As a television producer, many of the stories in her books derived from real news events, such as the killings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Williams shares her motivation for writing fiction, plus a startling tale of a novel she lost in a technology incident.

Will Robots Take Over the World? - Pablos Holman

Jenna and Producer Bryan smiling with Pablos HolmanPablos Holman is an inventor, futurist and notorious hacker from Seattle. Producer Bryan and Jenna caught up with him before his talk at UNF to chat about his work saving the world with his inventions, his friendship with Bill Gates, and why we should be nice to robots. One of our longest episodes yet but worth the full listen for sure. 

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