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Mostly books but also television & movies, music, and stuff people make or do. Author, creator, and fan interviews with host Jennifer Crittenden.Podcast website: https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/

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    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Mostly books but also television & movies, music, and stuff people make or do. Author, creator, and fan interviews with host Jennifer Crittenden.Podcast website: https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/

    The Story of Botox with Dr. Eugene Helveston

    The Story of Botox with Dr. Eugene Helveston

    Dr. Helveston's new book tells the history of the Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that was discovered and researched as a poison and how it came to be Botox, with multiple medical applications and a household word in the beauty industry. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Helveston worked with Alan Scott who is credited with developing and manufacturing Botox although, as you'll hear in the episode, his rewards were more advancing science and having fun rather than making money. It's a fascinating tale of a remarkable person and his dedication to a useful toxin.Eugene Helveson's website:https://eugenehelveston.com/Thoughts? Comments? Potshots? Contact the show at:https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/contact/Sponsored by Discreet Guide Training:https://training.discreetguide.com/Follow or like us on podomatic.com (it raises our visibility :)https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/books-shows-tunes-mad-actsSupport us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/discreetguideJennifer on Post.News:@JenCrittendenJennifer on XTwitter:@DiscreetGuideJennifer on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkcrittenden/

    • 53 min
    The Guest Book with Sarah Blake

    The Guest Book with Sarah Blake

    Please join us for a wonderful conversation with author Sarah Blake about her latest novel, The Guest Book, a book described by the Washington Post as "monumental," a sweeping family drama of secrets and silence that crosses three generations but is anchored by a private island off the coast of Maine. With periods set in the thirties, just before World War II; in the late fifties, just before the Civil Rights Movement; and in present day, it is very much of our time as it dares to approach the issues of racism and anti-Semitism and asks us to consider our own role in history. Sarah also talks about her challenges and rewards in writing this weighty novel. Don't miss this thought-provoking episode with a glorious writer.Sarah Blake's website:https://www.sarahblakewrites.com/Thoughts? Comments? Potshots? Contact the show at:https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/contact/Sponsored by Discreet Guide Training:https://training.discreetguide.com/Follow or like us on podomatic.com (it raises our visibility :)https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/books-shows-tunes-mad-actsSupport us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/discreetguideJennifer on Post.News:@JenCrittendenJennifer on Twitter:@DiscreetGuideJennifer on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkcrittenden/

    • 54 min
    Book Bans and the PEN America Lawsuit

    Book Bans and the PEN America Lawsuit

    Nearly 6,000 instances of book banning have been recorded since 2021, and the book censorship movement is growing, accelerated by new laws in some states. PEN America has joined Penguin Random House, authors, and students in a lawsuit against Escambia County school district, challenging unlawful censorship. PEN America program director, Kasey Meehan, joins us to talk about the numbers, what is being banned, who is driving the movement, and what actions, both legal and grassroots, are underway to push back against this fundamental challenge to freedom of expression and our democracy.  Kasey explains in layman's terms what topics are being censored, how book ban lists are copied from state to state, and how state laws are creating a chilling effect on teachers and librarians who err on the side of "caution," by removing books or not buying them.  We discuss the principles behind freedom of expression and open discourse, as well as specifics of the book ban movement, such as Moms for Liberty and their website, booklooks.org, which provides "slick sheets," excerpts used to support book bans. Don't miss this essential episode.The PEN America Call to Action webpage:https://pen.org/issue/free-the-books/Thoughts? Comments? Potshots? Contact the show at:https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/contact/Sponsored by Discreet Guide Training:https://training.discreetguide.com/Follow or like us on podomatic.com (it raises our visibility :)https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/books-shows-tunes-mad-actsSupport us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/discreetguideJennifer on Post.News:@JenCrittendenJennifer on Twitter:@DiscreetGuideJennifer on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkcrittenden/ 

    • 56 min
    Siskel and Ebert: Opposable Thumbs

    Siskel and Ebert: Opposable Thumbs

    Matt Singer, author of Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel and Ebert Changed Movies Forever, joins us to discuss two TV guys who argued passionately about movies for over twenty years, during a period when American Cinema was in its heyday, and film criticism rose to the challenge. Matt's book covers the history of S&E's successful collaboration, somewhat surprising since they were first longform movie critics from competing Chicago newspapers, before they joined thumbs and their Two Thumbs Up! became a household movie endorsement. Matt describes the relationship, respect, and competition between the two, as well as his own relationship with Roger Ebert, and the history of S&E's work, how it evolved, what they did well, and maybe some places they missed the boat. Our conversation runs the gamut from fun stuff like skunks on the show to deeper questions about film criticism today. Matt's extraordinary knowledge about the history of S&E, as well as his enthusiasm for Siskel and Ebert as people and critics, for their show, and for movies in general bubbles forth in this episode. Whether you remember Siskel and Ebert or not, don't miss this episode about an extraordinary period in American Film.Matt's website:https://www.matt-singer.net/Matt's day job (read his articles here):https://screencrush.com/Matt on Letterboxd: @superpulsehttps://letterboxd.com/superpulse/Thoughts? Comments? Potshots? Contact the show at:https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/contact/Sponsored by Discreet Guide Training:https://training.discreetguide.com/Follow or like us on podomatic.com (it raises our visibility :)https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/books-shows-tunes-mad-actsSupport us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/discreetguideJennifer on Post.News:@JenCrittendenJennifer on Twitter:@DiscreetGuideJennifer on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkcrittenden/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Our Deadly Streets with Jeff Speck

    Our Deadly Streets with Jeff Speck

    American streets killed more than 7500 pedestrians in 2023, a 40-year high and climbing every year. Why? City planner and walkable cities advocate Jeff Speck joins us to explain that street design is largely to blame and how modest changes could be made to increase safety, as has been done in European cities with dramatic results. Jeff uses traffic studies to show how urban planning can affect driver speed, traffic congestion, safety, and walkability—all of which can improve and restore our sense of community in the places we live. With wonderful examples of the many cities where Jeff has completed projects, this episode will get you thinking about your neighborhood and what changes you would like to see, be it more trees, pleasanter streets, or simply fewer deaths. Also, we have a new website! Check us out at https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/Jeff Speck's website:https://www.speckdempsey.com/Jeff's book, Walkable City (be sure to get the Tenth Anniversary edition)https://www.amazon.com/Walkable-City-Tenth-Anniversary-Downtown/dp/1250857988The movie that Jeff mentions, The Street Projecthttps://www.amazon.com/Street-Project-Maya-Aoki-Tuttle/dp/B0B6VW7MQ3The Strong Towns Movement:https://www.strongtowns.org/The Releaf Cedar Rapids Project:https://www.cedar-rapids.org/residents/parks_and_recreation/releaf_cedar_rapids_.phpThoughts? Comments? Potshots? Contact the show at:https://booksshowstunes.discreetguide.com/contact/Sponsored by Discreet Guide Training:https://training.discreetguide.com/Follow or like us on podomatic.com (it raises our visibility :)https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/books-shows-tunes-mad-actsSupport us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/discreetguide

    • 49 min
    Jennifer Jenkins Takes Us Into the Public Domain

    Jennifer Jenkins Takes Us Into the Public Domain

    Duke copyright law professor Jennifer Jenkins joins us to celebrate and explain Public Domain Day.  After a twenty-year hiatus, copyrighted works began moving into the public domain in 2019. Now each year, we can re-discover works that are available to be re-purposed by creators without the legal burden of obtaining permission from the former copyright holders. This year, for example, includes works such as The House at Pooh Corner, Millions of Cats, The ThreePenny Opera, and the 800-pound mouse, as Jennifer calls him, Mickey Mouse (as well as Minnie) as seen in Steamboat Willie. Interestingly, in the context of our recent conversation about censorship, Lady Chatterly's Love enters the public domain this year and now can be explored and built upon by everyone. We also discuss Poor Things, the new film paying homage to Shelley's Frankenstein.  Jennifer explains it all in this lively episode: what copyright law is and was, what it covers, why the copyright period was extended, and what you, as a creator, can do with works now in the public domain.  We also get to talk about art, inspiration, Disney, monetization,  plagiarism, creative commons licenses —and even a bit more about Tom Lehrer.Jennifer's article about Public Domain Day 2024:https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2024/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=topThoughts? Comments? Potshots? Contact the show at:https://www.discreetguide.com/podcast-books-shows-tunes-mad-acts/Sponsored by Discreet Guide Training:https://training.discreetguide.com/Follow or like us on podomatic.com (it raises our visibility :)https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/books-shows-tunes-mad-actsSupport us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/discreetguide

    • 58 min

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