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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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This is a Call – Interview with Singer & Songwriter Laura Marie

Laura MarieLaura Marie is a singer & songwriter who, as a South Texas native, grew up immersed in poetry & music. She's won several awards for her music since 2009, including an Independent Music Award and the OurStage Texas Lilith Fair Competition.  She recently released her newest single titled, “This is a Call”, which embraces her mission to get more active voters for the upcoming U.S. elections. In this episode she discusses her music along with clips from “Honest”, “Be Love” and “This is a Call”.

For the full music video of “This is a Call”, visit https://www.smarturl.it/thisisacall

For more information, visit LauraMarieMusic.com
For more information on voting, visit ThisIsACall.org

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Beautifully Broken – the movie – Behind the Scenes with Director Eric Welch

Director Eric Welch

Eric Welch is the director of the new movie, Beautifully Broken. He has also directed over 200 music videos and concert films for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, Jimmy Buffet, the Steve Miller Band and Tim McGraw, with multiple nominations and awards from the CMA, ACM, Billboard & Dove.  His new movie Beautifully Broken is about how a refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise and a daughter’s painful secret converge in an inspiring true story of hope.

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

YouVersion Devotional: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/12471-beautifully-broken

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ECOSTRESS – Monitoring Plants from Space – Dr. Joshua Fisher, JPL

Dr. Joshua Fisher

Dr. Joshua Fisher is the Science Lead for the ECOSTRESS Mission, a mission designed to study the Earth’s climate. Dr. Fisher is a Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I was fortunate to first meet Dr. Fisher recently at Cape Canaveral to witness the launch of ECOSTRESS aboard the SpaceX CRS-15 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) will measure the temperature of plants and use that information to better understand how much water plants need and how they respond to stress.

For more information about ECOSTRESS, visit: https://www.ecostress.jpl.nasa.gov

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Millennial Coach Lindsay Boccardo – How to Unleash Your Career & Maximize Your Talent

Lindsay Boccardo is a speaker, trainer and career coach who has spent the last 10 years learning about what makes Millennials love or hate their life. She’s coached hundreds of 20-somethings to find their dream job and live a life they’re proud of. In this episode Lindsay shares how Millennials are hardworking and quite successful, and why they sometimes get unfairly labeled as “entitled”. She also offers some free exercises you can do right now (millennial or not) to help get the life you want.

For more information about Linday, visit http://www.lindsayboccardo.com

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Dr. Eugene Parker – The Mysteries of the Sun & NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

Dr. Eugene Parker is the solar astrophysicist who developed the theory of the supersonic solar wind and predicted the Parker spiral shape of the solar magnetic field in the mid-1950s. In this episode Dr. Parker joins us by phone to discuss his incredible theories about the Sun and NASA's Solar Parker Probe mission. Dr. Parker was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1967 and has received numerous honors throughout his career.  Most recently he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research by the American Physical Society for his fundamental contributions to space physics, plasma physics, solar physics and astrophysics for more than 60 years. NASA recently renamed the Parker Solar Probe after him, the first time in history that a spacecraft was named after a living person.

For more information about the Parker Solar Probe, visit: https://www.Nasa.gov/solarprobe

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