Show Notes for Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Today we visit with musician and filmmaker Jeffrey Smith. His new film SOUTHERN GOSPEL comes out March 10th.

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This is a story about what it takes to follow a dream,” said director Jeffrey A. Smith. “We made a film about love, pain, and redemption and we told it in the most honest way we could. We can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Samuel Allen, a 1960's rockstar, finds himself in jail after struggling with years of anger and blame toward organized religion that has led him down a road of rebellion. In a moment of divine intervention, the judge dismisses drug charges against him under the pretense that Samuel speaks to local schools and churches about the dangers of drugs. Given a second chance, he follows in his father's footsteps to become a preacher, overcoming the influence of a powerful church leader with a personal vendetta against his family.

SOUTHERN GOSPEL is the story of a man overcoming brokenness and never surrendering the dream on his journey to find the gospel… Southern Gospel.

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February 22

National California Day

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

National Margarita Day

National Supermarket Employee Day

Ash Wednesday

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Sure, you send texts back and forth with your friends, but how often do you actually talk with them? A team at the University of Kansas is sending us a reminder that a friendly chat with a friend just once per day — in person, not through technology – can make you happier and promote a better sense of well-being, leading to lower stress levels. Those chats can range from catching up or joking around to sharing opinions, or simply letting someone know they were on your mind. What’s more, the researchers found that while just one conversation is enough to promote well-being, more is definitely better. Those who enjoyed more than one quality conversations had even better days.

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Steven Spielberg's E.T. originated from several separate ideas. Director Steven Spielberg was looking to film a smaller, more personal movie after a string of blockbusters, and he began work on a movie called Growing Up, which was inspired by his parent's divorce. Although the movie was eventually shelved, Spielberg was still interested in the idea, even as he was feeling pressured to develop a sequel to his hit film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. While he had no intentions of following through on the sequel, he began work on the script for Night Skies, which followed a family being terrorized by an alien. He later combined the alien premise with the personal plotline of Growing Up to develop E.T. While filming, Spielberg actually did the voice acting for E.T.'s character. In post-production, the voice of actor Debra Winger was used, until sound designer, Ben Burtt hired Pat Welsh, a non-actor with a raspy voice who he met at a camera store. But perhaps the most shocking fact of all about the film is that Spielberg planned to reveal E.T.'s real name in a sequel. Although the sequel never panned out, we did get to learn E.T.'s name: Zrek.


Jim Carrey is unloading his home of nearly 30 years. He has put his sprawling 12,700-square-foot LA ranch estate on the market for a whopping $28.9 million, complete with a tennis court, a waterfall pool, and an outdoor platform for yoga and meditation, all in the heart of the upscale Brentwood neighborhood. Sitting on more than 2 acres, it comes with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, an outdoor spa, a pool house with a fully equipped bar, and a separate infrared sauna and steam room hidden behind a 280-degree hedged frontage. It also features an extensive custom art deco theater, a gym, and an office. LINK:

Showrunner Craig Mazin says there’s potentially more than 2 seasons worth of story in the “Last of Us” saga. After rave reviews and strong viewership for its initial episodes, HBO’s live-action television adaptation of the video game has scored a renewal for a second season. But while fans of the video games might assume Season 2 would adapt “The Last of Us: Part II” and that would be the end of the story, according to Mazin, the part 2 story is so big, it could extend beyond one season. He points out, however, that he and others involved are “pretty committed to not making The Last of Us an open-ended, ongoing drama” that goes on seemingly forever. 

Mark Hamill is autographing “Star Wars” merch for the first time in 6 years — for an exceptional cause. In a new interview, the ‘Luke Skywalker’ actor revealed he’s autographing some limited-edition Star Wars posters that will be put up for sale, with the money raised going toward Ukraine’s “Army of Drones” project. As he pointed out, he’s making the posters available to “real hardcore collectors — especially those that have disposable income” because that way, “you can get way more money… than you would imagine.” No official details yet on how they will be sold.

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Scientists in Italy say they’ve come up with a new mosquito repellent that works better than DEET, is safer, and even smells good. In fact, the team created a variety of compounds which were found to be as effective as DEET at repelling mosquitoes, with some preventing over 95% of bites for more than 8 hours. DEET’s effectiveness begins to drop in as little as 2 hours. The new repellants were all found to have much fainter odors, some even smelling quite pleasant. They dissolved in water more easily, which could reduce the alcohol content required. And they all had toxicity comparable to or even lower than that of DEET, with some less likely to trigger immune reactions.

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Women are attracted to the scent of Good & Plenty licorice candy and cucumber.

Earth won't always have the same North Star. The North Star might seem like a fixed marker in the sky. However, what we now recognize as the North Star, Polaris, hasn't always been our guiding light—and it won't always be in the future. By the year 13,000 A.D., the star Vega will take its place, according to NASA. And by the year 26,000, Polaris will be right back where it was and return to its status as the North Star.


Question Which household item does an average person change every 10 years

Answer: A vacuum cleaner.

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A New York man’s dreams of an idyllic Australian getaway didn’t quite go off as planned after a small mistake in the details resulted in the destination of Sidney, Montana, rather than the warm Aussie metropolis of Sydney. Kingsley Burnett said he knew there was a problem when he saw the mountain top covered in white snow upon arrival. The other problem? He was scheduled to jump on a cruise ship down under. Sidney, Montana boasts a population of about 6,000 people, while Sydney’s population is over 5 million. Burnett said he’d gotten confused by the airport codes while booking the flight. The Australian city’s shortform is ‘SYD’, while Sidney, Montana’s is ‘SDY’.

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You have to wash chicken before cooking it: Rather than making it safer to eat, it actually increases the risk of foodborne illness. Water droplets containing salmonella can rain down all over a sink area and potentially spread bacteria.

Froot Loops are all different flavors: Nope. It turns out the colors are simply decorative, with no connection whatsoever to the flavor of each piece. They all taste the same.

Chocolate causes acne: Studies show that chocolate alone doesn’t increase a person’s risk for developing acne. Some factors that do include nutrition, diet, hormones, hygiene, and genetics.

Coffee stunts children’s growth: There is no scientific evidence coffee affects a person’s height in any way.

Milk makes your bones stronger: Although calcium does strengthen bone, studies have revealed that milk-drinkers do not reduce their risk for fractures.

A watermelon (or any fruit) will grow in your stomach if you eat its seeds: Oh, just shut up!


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Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. - Sam Ewing

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