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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.

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. 

Have You Seen Kamiyah? - Eileen Kelley + Gary Mills

Hurley in the podcast studio with Eileen Kelley, Gary Mills and Jenna Hassell

Eileen Kelley is an investigative reporter for the Florida Times-Union. She and Gary Mills produced the podcast, Have You Seen Kamiyah?, telling the story of the 5-hour-old baby taken from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998. Eileen tells us about the emotional journey she went through to retell this tragic story on it's 20th anniversary. 

Children for Sale - Author Kristina McMorris

Hurley and Jenna with Author Kristina McMorris holding her new bookKristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books. She stopped by our Pablo Creek Regional Library on her 50-stop book tour to discuss her latest novel Sold On a Monday.

Sold On a Monday was inspired by an actual newspaper photograph of four children sitting on a stoop by a sign that reads "Children for Sale. Inquire within." Kristina tells how she came to befriend one of the children in the original photo and all about her love for historical fiction.

Let's Talk About Poop - Poozeum

Jenna and hurley with George in the map room holding his coproliteThat's right. We're talking about poop on Completely Booked this week. Fossilized poop that is, or Coprolite, as the fancy pants say. We prefer just good ole poo though. George Frandsen is the creator of the Poozeum, and the owner of the largest fossilized poop collection in the world. He is very passionate about his poop and hopes to one day own the largest piece of fossilized poop in the world. We are hoping that dream comes true for him!

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