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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.

Professional Musician - Kate Caliendo

Kate Caliendo, horn player with the Jacksonville Symphony, at the Main Library in Downtown jacksonville, FL.Kate Caliendo, one of the talented horn musicians with the Jacksonville Symphony, joins us on our show today to talk about her trajectory into classical music, her all-time favorite symphonic pieces, as well as the future of classical music. 

Every Kid Should Build a Robot - Mark McCombs

Mark McCombs, founder of Renaissance Jax and robot enthusiast, believes that every kid should build a robot. He joined us at the Jacksonville Public Mark McCombs believes that every kid should build a robot. He's the founder of Renaissance Jax, a nonprofit organization providing STEM education and robotics competition to North Florida. He's out to make Jacksonville a better, smarter place!

Human Cheetah - Kelsey Beckmann

Kelsey Beckmann, dietician at Meteor Nutrition and 2020 Olympic marathon trial qualifier, at the jacksonville public library in Downtown Jacksonville.

Kelsey Beckmann is here to tell you that good food can make you faster, stronger and healthier. She's a registered dietitian and owner of Meteor Nutrition, where she offers customized meal plans for clients, particularly athletes. Kelsey is also a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials (no big deal). In fact, the first race she ever ran was 50 kilometers—that's 31 miles. 

 

Yes And - Robert Reid

Hurley and Jenna with Robert Reid. Former Second City improviser, owner of Mirth Creative Co, and leader of improv troupe Spotlight Giant.This week on our show, former Second City improviser Robert Reid catches us up on his current improvising with his troupe Spotlight Giant and discusses the importance of "yes and" in every part of life.

Downtown Jax - Jake Gordon

Completely booked podcast host, jenna posing with Downtown Vision, Inc. CEO Jake Gordon in the Jacksonville Public Library podcast studio. They are holding pieces of paper with blue writings of Jake's kids favorite booksJake Gordon is the CEO of Downtown Vision, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to create and support a vibrant Downtown and to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. 

Jake tells us all about what Downtown Vision is currently working on, and what the goals are for the future. He gives us some updates on big projects like the future of the Jacksonville Landing and the Laura Street Trio renovation. We also get some stellar book recommendations from his kids!

State Attorney - Melissa Nelson

Jenna and State Attorney Melissa during their podcast discussion at Jacksonville Public LibraryMelissa 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. 

Follow State Attorney Melissa Nelson's journey on Twitter and Facebook.

Stumbling Into Sobriety - Tracy "Dot Com" Collins

Tracy Collins, also known as Tracy Dot Com, who's a recovering alcoholic and author of the book Stumbling Into Sobriety, which is available for check out at the Jacksonville Public Library.Tracy Collins, aka Tracy Dot Com, is on the show today to discuss her new book, Stumbling Into SobrietyWe discuss what it's like to live a sober life as a media personality, as well as her biggest challenges writing her book. 

Curious Music - Keith Marks

Keith Marks, founder of Avant, at the Jacksonville Public Library in Downtown jacksonvilleKeith 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.

Short Box Podcast - Badr Milligan

Badr Milligan of the shortbox podcast with Jenna of the Completely Booked podcast in front of the comic book collection at the Jacksonville Public LibraryBadr 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! 

Jumbo Shrimp - Owner Ken Babby

Completely booked podcast host, jenna sitting with jacksonville jumbo shrimp owner ken babby in the Jacksonville Public Library studioWe'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.

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