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Inside the 2019 Southern Living Idea House

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On the latest episode of Completely Booked, we interview Matt Birdwell and Jarrod Knox from Riverside Homes who were an integral part of the dream team that created the 2019 Southern Living Idea House.

Top Gun Days - Dave "Bio" Baranek

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Dave "Bio" Baranek was an air-to-air 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," starring Tom Cruise and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson. 

A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir

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Chris Gabbard is a local author and UNF professor who recently published his first book, A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir. It's an incredibly poignant story about his son, August, whose life began and ended with medical malpractice.

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

Completely Booked - Voices of the First Coast Archives

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.

 

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

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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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