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Completely Booked

Every Monday Completely Booked brings you lively discussions with interesting and inspiring local Jacksonville residents, and the latest happenings at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Top Gun Days - Dave "Bio" Baranek

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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 as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks.

A Life Beyond Reason - Chris Gabbard

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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.

Celestial Farms - Veronica Pasciuto

Celestial Farms, Baby Goats, Jacksonville Animal Rescue

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 the fantastic activities and events they have coming up!

Local Author - Michael Wiley

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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.

 

Preschool Prep for Parents - Rebecca McNeil

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.

Congaree and Penn - Scott Meyer

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 insight on what it has been like to grow the business over the years.

Prosecuting Ted Bundy - Bob Dekle

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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 most notorious serial killers in history.

Coming to America - Voices of the First Coast Archive

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 histories of Northeast Florida, and we wanted to share some of these stories on this week's episode of Completely Booked.

The American Civility Association - Amy Barnett

Amy Barnett

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 civility and brain-building. As of 2019, B.O.S.S has reached over 25,000 students, educators and school counselors in Florida.

Graphic Novels in Libraries Month - Shawn Norton

Graphic Novels month

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.

 

Times-Union Photojournalist - Bruce Lipsky

Bruce Lipsky

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.

Sustainable Solutions - Juan-Carlos Villatoro

Juan Carlos Villatoro

Juan Carlos Villatoro 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 in his quest to change the industry for the better.

It’s a Glorious Thing to Make a Thing - Mark Ari

old black and white photo of Mark Ari playing a guitar

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. He chats with us about his writing process, cultivating a creative community in Jacksonville, and how his Jewish American heritage shaped him an artist.

The Riverdale Inn - Mary Mychael and Eric Waln

Riverdale Inn

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!

 

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