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.
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.
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 conversation.
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 Comic Con events!
We're talking Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp today! Ken Babby is the owner of the Shrimp and the Rubber Ducks, Akron Rubber Ducks. He tells us about his 14 years working for the Washington Post, and what led him to his Minor League Baseball Team ownership.
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 makes a bestseller a bestseller? Find out on this episode!
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, as well as the reasons why we should stop throwing around words like "crazy" and "depressing."
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.
Victoria Crawford, or Alicia Fox as she's known in the ring, is on the show today! The Jacksonville native is the longest contracted WWE Diva, or female WWE wrestler, in WWE history. She tells us about her career in the ring, as well as what she has coming up in her life beyond WWE.
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 to get your own personal garden started.
Hurley and Jenna also start a new segment called "Renew or Return," where Producer Bryan asks if they would renew (keep it) or return (didn't like it) different stuff. Check the new theme music, too!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!