Episodes

Rainbows, Halos & other special things – John Ventre, Cincinnati Observatory

John VentreRainbows are gorgeous! But there are better times and places to look to increase your chances of seeing them. In this episode we go onsite at the historic Cincinnati Observatory with John Ventre, where he discusses the beauty & causes of phenomena such as rainbows, halos and sun dogs.

For more information, visit https://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

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Mr. Speed – The World’s Best KISS Tribute Band

Mr. Speed was voted “the Best KISS Tribute Band in the World” in the 2012 KISS OFF competition by guitarist Tommy Thayer himself. Rich Kosak, “The Starchild” member for Mr. Speed, joins us to discuss how the rock band KISS inspired them and how they've risen to an amazing success of their own since their start 24 years ago. Rich, along with band members Joe, Jim and Quinton,  are currently on a North American tour.

For more information, visit http://www.mrspeedonline.com

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Interview with JONATHAN BURNS: Flexible Comedy

Comedian & magician Jonathan Burns has performed magic acts, shows and stunts around the globe, and has appeared on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, The Jay Leno Show, The Late Show with David Letterman & The Late Late Show with James Corden.

For more information, visit http://www.flexiblecomedy.com

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MARS INVASION: 80th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast – interview with Erika Dowell

80 years ago, Orson Welles caused a panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds”. This broadcast, on Sunday evening, October 30, 1938, was realistic enough that some listeners actually thought the Earth was under attack by Martians.  Erika Dowell, the associate director and curator of modern books and manuscripts at Indiana University’s Lilly Library joins us to discuss the impact of this broadcast. Recently the Lilly Library used cutting-edge technology to digitize the original recording of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

For more information, visit https://orsonwelles.indiana.edu

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HALLOWEEN EDITION: Costume & Makeup Artist Jess West

Take your Halloween costume to the next level! Costume & makeup artist Jess West got her big start just a few years back with an amazing original Chewbacca costume for GenCon. She specializes in transformation costumes, combining elements to create unusual and eye-catching works. Her custom costume business, based out of Indianapolis, has flourished and she’s been featured in USA Today with work performed for the New York Yankees and MTV.

BONUS: In the video version of this interview (available at OnlineCoffeeBreak.com) Jess shows how to bring her mixed Batman villain characters to life including what makeup to use and how to apply it for an incredibly convincing costume.

For more information, visit http://www.jesswestcostumes.com/

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Lady Astronaut Sci-Fi Series Writer – Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is a writer, professional puppeteer and an incredible narrator. She is also cast member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and a three-time Hugo Award winner. Mary Robinette is with us today to discuss the Lady Astronaut novels, an amazing science fiction series that takes us on an alternate timeline after a meteor strike in the 1950s threatens the future of humanity.

In this interview we also discuss Mary Robinette's experience as she joined me for the launch of the Parker Solar Probe in August 2018 and how this will impact her future writing.

For more information, visit https://www.maryrobinettekowal.com

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Plumb – Christian Songwriter, artist, performer & author

Plumb is a songwriter, recording artist, performer & author. She’s sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide. Her new album, Beautifully Broken, includes the title track for the recently released film of the same name. She also just released her book called FIGHT FOR HER: Even If You Have to Fight Her. Her book is a moving challenge to women of all ages to fight for each other—even if that means fighting WITH each other using love, hope and grace.

For more info, visit http://www.plumbmusic.net

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FIRST MAN: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong – Official Biographer Dr. James R. Hansen

Dr. James Hansen
Dr. James R. Hansen is the writer of the book “First Man: The life of Neil A. Armstrong”. He was Neil Armstrong's one & only authorized biographer, obtaining 55 hours of audio recordings and 800 emails during his interviews with Neil (plus a few rounds of golf along the way). First Man has been adapted into a movie, with Dr. Hansen serving as a consultant, releasing October 2018 by Universal Pictures. The movie is directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong.

Dr. Hansen is the Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University in Alabama. He’s an expert in aerospace history and the history of science and technology.

For more info about Dr. Hansen, visit http://www.auburn.edu/~hansejr/

For more info about the movie, visit https://www.firstman.com/

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Running for Grace – Behind the Scenes Interview with Director David L. Cunningham

David CunninghamDavid Cunningham is an international filmmaker known for striking visuals, authentic performances and dynamic subject matter. For more than two decades, David has directed big budget Studio films (Fox, Disney, ABC), experimental and pioneering independent features, as well as hard-hitting documentaries filmed in over 50 countries. David joins us today to discuss his latest film, Running for Grace, staring Jim Caveziel and Matt Dillon.

For more information visit https://www.runningforgracemovie.com

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Behind the Sun with Dr. Nicky Fox, Heliophysics Division Director at NASA HQ

Dr Nicky Fox

Dr. Nicky Fox is the Heliophysics Division Director at NASA Headquarters. She earned her PhD in Space Physics from the Imperial College of Science in London and has worked for both APL and NASA over her 20 year career. She’s worked  on such projects as the NASA Polar spacecraft and the International Solar Terrestrial Physics Mission. Most recently Dr. Fox is heavily involved with the Parker Solar Probe, which launched on August 12, 2018. In this episode she describes the goals of the probe, as well as her advice to parents for encouraging their children to pursue a career in the science field. We also feature video and hi-fidelity sound from 4 miles away from the launchpad as the Solar Probe lifted off on its way to study the Sun.

“Behind the Sun” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers used with permission from Warner Bros. Records.

For more information on the Parker Solar Probe visit http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/

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