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2017-18 Season

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Episode 270 (Season Premiere)
Original Broadcast: Week of August 28, 2017

Alecsa’s going to take us back to an elementary school and a university where she interviewed people in some exciting careers last season.  We’ll start out revisiting her interview with a woman who wanted both a career in law enforcement and one working with kids at a school. She found her niche as a School Resource Officer. Then, we’ll give you an encore of her interview with a head volleyball coach, where she learned that coaching involves a lot more than teaching volleyball skills. Then it’s back to the classroom where she saw how an elementary school teacher can make a big difference in her pupil’s lives. 

Episode 271
Original Broadcast: Week of
September 4, 2017

We’ll start by revisiting Shawn’s interview with a sound designer. You’ll hear how he integrates music, sound and effects into films, TV and plays. It makes a world of difference in the finished production! Then, we’ll bring you an encore of Alecsa meeting up with a dental hygienist.  We’ll see how this is a job that works well for someone who wants a career in the dental field and needs a flexible schedule as well.   There are many mental and emotional factors that can interfere with a child’s happiness and well-being.  We’ll look back at Shawn’s interview with a child therapist and learn how she helps little ones dealing with troubling issues.

Episode 272
Original Broadcast: Week of
September 11, 2017

We’re going to start the show with our new host, Helena. She’ll meet an award winning pet groomer and learn how she transforms dirty dogs into beautifully groomed pooches.  Then we’re going to get to know Helena as she sits down to chat with Shawn for a few minutes.  I think you’ll love her as much as we do! Finally, Shawn will meet up with a neighborhood pharmacist and learn that her skills include a lot more than knowledge of the drugs she dispenses.

Episode 273
Original Broadcast: Week of
September 18, 2017

Shawn will visit a TV station where he meets with a meteorologist and learns how he predicts the weather so people can plan for the day and week ahead. Last week, Shawn got to chat with our new host, Helena. Today, we’ll turn the tables as Helena talks to Shawn and finds out what makes him tick!  Do you love cooking and making up your own recipes?  If so, stay tuned because Shawn is going to talk with a catering chef and learn how he keeps developing his yummy new creations!

Episode 274
Original Broadcast: Week of September 25, 2017

Helena will talk with a public relations specialist whose company has the important job of keeping her city informed on traffic and road conditions … especially as they undergo the biggest infrastructure project in America! In addition to being updated on traffic conditions, we also need to know how to get places.  Shawn will meet a cartographer who will share with us how his career in mapmaking has evolved over the years. Then Helena will take us back in time to the middle ages and visit a man who cares for and trains the horses at a popular dinner theatre.  Sounds like a fun job!

Episode 275
Original Broadcast: Week of October 2, 2017

Shawn will start us off in the studio of a music composer and see how he enhances the production of films, video games and even amusement park rides with his original compositions. Then, Helena will visit a greenhouse at a large agricultural company where she will meet a grower.  She learns that there is a lot of science and technology that goes into growing healthy plants and crops. Plus, Shawn will talk with a lady who started a cake bakery where she uses her artistic talents making beautiful and creative cakes for weddings and other memorable events. 

Episode 276
Original Broadcast: Week of
October 9, 2017

Individual people aren’t the only ones who need advice on how to invest their savings.  Helena will meet a financial advisor who specializes in working with schools and government institutions to invest their cash reserves. Imagine what life would be like if you couldn’t hear or if you were dizzy all the time. Shawn will visit an audiologist who shares with him how she tests for and treats both hearing and balance disorders. 
Alternative health careers are becoming increasingly popular.  Helena will introduce us to a bio-energetic practitioner and wellness consultant and learn what she does to get her clients on the path to good health.

Episode 277
Original Broadcast: Week of October 16, 2017

Shawn will learn how simulation is also used in many areas such as training doctors, nurses, pilots and people in government and many other industries. Then, you’re in for a treat as Helena takes us to a castle and talks to a medieval knight.  He sure has a cool career jousting and entertaining audiences! Plus, Shawn will meet up with an event designer who works with clients to ensure their catered wedding reception or corporate event is what they envisioned.

Episode 278
Original Broadcast: Week of October 23, 2017

Advances in the STEM industry are making our lives more efficient.  Helena will meet the CEO of BRIDG, a large new facility that takes innovative technology ideas and turns them into reality. Do you know what a phlebotomist is?  We’ll find out when Shawn talks with one in the lab where she works.  Hint – you can’t be afraid of needles or the sight of blood to do this job! The Agricultural Biotechnology industry is changing.  Helena will take us to a lab where the manager talks to her about how plant tissues are cloned and grown in baby food jars. 

Episode 279
Original Broadcast: Week of October 30, 2017

The engineering field has an abundance of fascinating career opportunities. Shawn will introduce us to a mechanical engineer whose job is to control the acoustics in buildings using tools that test noise along with her math and physics skills. Then, Helena will meet a program engineer who specializes in the science of nanotechnology to make new electronics and devices a fraction of the size they were just a few years ago. Plus, Shawn will meet up with a drone pilot and see how unmanned aerial vehicles are replacing helicopters and making it much simpler to shoot aerial video for TV shows. 

Episode 280
Original Broadcast: Week of November 6, 2017

Breaking into an acting career isn’t easy. Helena will talk with an actress and see how she has found her niche in this highly competitive industry. And Shawn will meet a genetic counselor and hear how she works with couples to evaluate their risks of having babies with various birth defects. Plus Helena will visit a home health aide and learn how she assists her elderly clients with their daily needs and the difference she makes in their lives.

Episode 281
Original Broadcast: Week of November 13, 2017

New discoveries are being made in health and biology on a regular basis.  Shawn will meet up with a biomedical scientist who will introduce him to his fascinating career studying viruses and immunities. Then Helena will go to a church where the pastor will speak with her about what inspired him to enter the ministry and how he works daily with the church’s members. Hostage situations are never taken lightly.  Shawn will meet a police officer who specializes in negotiating the safe release of hostages and victims from a captor.

Episode 282
Original Broadcast: Week of November 20, 2017

Helena will talk with a victim’s advocate and hear how she provides needed support to victims of crime so they can get through the traumatic period following the crime. Then Shawn will visit a children’s hospital where he meets a respiratory therapist.  He’ll learn about the some of the treatments he uses to help his patients breathe freely. It is important that judges make the best decision on a case.  Helena will talk with an attorney who assists a judge by researching the law as a judicial law clerk

Episode 283
Original Broadcast: Week of November 27, 2017

Shawn will meet a cardiac intensive care nurse and get some insight into the challenges she faces and rewards she receives working with her pediatric patients. Then Helena will talk with a Coast Guard recruiter and learn about some of the exciting career opportunities available and what it takes to get into this branch of the military. And for those of you who love shooting videos, stick around for Shawn’s interview with a chief photographer from a TV station. He’ll tell Shawn how he captures the videos that tell the story of the day’s news.

Episode 284
Original Broadcast: Week of December 4, 2017

We’ll start by bringing you an encore of Alecsa’s interview from last season with an artist and owner of Zenspirations.  She uses her talent to design and market greeting cards, adult coloring books and other trendy creations. Then we’ll take a look back at Shawn’s visit to a UPS warehouse where he learned what it takes to land a job as a package handler or to drive one of those big brown delivery trucks.  We’ll also find out how baby plants get a healthy start when Helena meets up with a technician in a lab where she clones the tiny newbies from mother blocks.

Episode 285
Original Broadcast: Week of December 11, 2017

You asked and we listened. Today, we’re going to revisit some of the most popular interviews that Alecsa did last season! We’ll start off at a hospital where she met with a radiation oncologist and learn how he uses advances in medicine and technology to treat cancer patients.
Then we will revisit her interview with a character artist who designed some of the fami Disney merchandise you see in stores and at the Disney parks and resorts. Plus, we’ll take you back to her discussion with a woman who, after she lost her husband at a young age, realized she had a gift to offer of herself.  She started a non-profit organization to empower other widows. 

Episode 286
Original Broadcast: Week of December 18, 2017

We’ll revisit Alecsa’s interview with a woman who is the CFO, COO and deputy director of the Florida Bar Foundation.  Will see what she does with all those interesting titles.  Then we’ll take you back to Shawn’s visit with a nail technician and find out how she uses her steady hand to make people’s fingers and toes beautiful. We’ll also bring you an encore of Alecsa’s interview with a licensed massage therapist and learn how massage is not just for relaxation but it also helps the body heal.

Episode 287
Original Broadcast: Week of December 25, 2017

We’ll start by bringing back Shawn’s interview with a Special Agent for IRS Criminal Investigation. Her job is to catch people involved in financial crimes such as money laundering and tax fraud.Then we’ll return to the dentist office where we give you an encore of Alecsa’s visit with a general dentist.  You’ll see what he spends most of his time doing and why he loves working with families. And for you sports enthusiasts, we’ll take you to the basketball court where Shawn met up with an NCAA basketball referee. We’ll learn how he got his job and what goes into officiating college games.

Episode 288
Original Broadcast: Week of January 1, 2018

Did you know there is an organization called the Audubon Society that protects and treats injured birds of raptor? We’ll take a visit back to the Birds of Prey Center where Alecsa saw how they rescue and rehab some amazing bird species.  Wonder what a hedge fund is?  You’ll find out when we bring back Alecsa’s interview with a hedge fund manager. It takes more than financial knowledge to successfully manage people’s investments. Developments in engineering are happening at warp speed.  We’ll take a look back at what Shawn learned in regards to what’s hot in the engineering field and how advances impact so many aspects of our world.

Episode 289
Original Broadcast: Week of January 8, 2018

Sometimes, illnesses become a real mystery for doctors. We’ll take a look back at Alecsa’s interview with an infectious disease specialist whose job is to diagnose and treat rare and complex conditions. Did you know more than one in seven people have a substance abuse problem?  We’ll revisit Shawn’s segment with an addictions professional and learn about the challenges in treating those with drug addictions. The thought of catching an alligator doesn’t appeal to most people – especially women.  We’ll take you back to the river where Alecsa met up with a woman who loves the thrill and excitement involved in her job of trapping nuisance gators.


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