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Unabridged is a bookish podcast hosted by three teachers. We release episodes every week, including a monthly Book Club episode and extra Teaching Tidbits episodes every other week. Join us for bookish fun at our website unabridgedpod.com, on social media @unabridgedpod, or via email at unabridgedpod@gmail.com.
 
From 1995 until 2008 I was a Music Video Commissioner. I worked at A&M Records and then transitioned to Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records in 2000 when A&M was bought by Universal Music Group. I commissioned over 500+ Music Videos during my tenure. This Podcast is an inside look into these videos and the fascinating world of making them - from start to finish. I have worked with artists that include: Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden, Sting, Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, Feist, Va ...
 
Ready to get inspired to change your Career? Guests share their very non-linear career stories and how they have changed the ways we create and reimagine in music, art, live events, virtual events, video, film, education, and social innovation. Interviewed by Gigi Louisa Johnson, creators and innovators share how they became change agents in their own creative sectors -- and what drives them. Join us and get inspired for your own career transformation.
 
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It's time to review one of the least Tom Cruisey films of his filmography, a film that is pretty controversial for a variety of reasons but actually improved Tom's career significantly by proving he doesn't always take himself seriously. I am joined by Peter where we discuss the various offensive elements in this film from Blackface, ableist slurs,…
 
In this Unabridged episode, we discuss our May book club pick, Ocean Vuong's novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. We discuss the powerful, heartbreaking, lyrical novel, and then we share our pairings, including Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, and Mira T. Lee’s Everything Here Is Beautiful. Visit the Unabridged website for our full sh…
 
Guest Jay Walker Jay Walker is a Winnipeg based pro wrestler and long time good friend of James. twitter.com www.instagram.com iamjaywalker - YouTube The Hogan Toupee Trilogy continues! James returns and brings back Jay Walker to discuss more Hulk Hogan trash! Get The MovieDonate Equipment UsedMicrophoneMixerHeadphones Camera Links Support the podc…
 
In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits episode, Ashley shares some teaching tools she'll be taking with her as her family prepares for their big trip. Three tools that she shares are Rocketbooks (which work with Frixion pens), games like Bananagrams, and Osmo games, which work with iPads or Kindle Fire tablets. Some specific things Ashley uses are the…
 
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we share some retellings of classics that we've enjoyed reading. We share our picks including Hena Khan’s More to the Story, Patricia Park’s Re Jane, Rachel Hawkins’s The Wife Upstairs. These recommendations are perfect for the retellings category on our Unabridged Reading Challenge for 2021! Visit the Unabridged…
 
Guest Lloyd Hannesson Lloyd is a videogame podcaster based in the Winnipeg area, his shows include Nerd Nest (Formerly Stadiacast) REZD.tv – A network of geeky things Nintendo Pulse – REZD.tv twitter.com NerdNest - YouTube In honor of the release of the new Mortal Kombat movie. James and Mike Invite Lloyd Hannesson on to discuss the wor…
 
In this Unabridged episode, we talk about a favorite topic for us on the podcast—auto-buy authors! We share some favorite authors and talk about different ways to support authors. We also share our perspectives on what an auto-buy author is for each of us and what would work for that category on the Unabridged Reading Challenge! If you haven't sign…
 
Guest Roger Boyer Roger Boyer is a Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer, and Podcaster based in Winnipeg Manitoba. He has written, produced, and directed various music videos, short films, documentaries, as well as a feature film horror. twitter.com Login • Instagram Koj-B Films - Home Roger and James Got together to try and finish the upcoming…
 
I am back with Andrew to finish our review of War of the Worlds where we discuss the divisive ending, why we think the movie didn't do super well (hint: it involves a couch) & why WE think this movie rules before we deviate into discussing our favourite Tom Cruise movies, why we love Tom as an actor/person, our thoughts on Scientology & so much mor…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Sara talks about one of her favorite writing resources for the classroom. Writing can be a difficult subject to teach with students of all different levels. Sara loves Kelly Gallagher's work, and one of her must-have books is Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts. She thinks this …
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss the Hulu screen adaptation of John Green's Looking for Alaska. In the episode, we only discuss the pilot episode of the series (which, spoiler alert, we all loved!), so check out the pilot if you're interested, and then give this discussion a listen! We also share our Bookish Check-ins and share some o…
 
Guest Chris Maxwell Chris Maxwell is a former radio personality and boxing enthusiast, originally lived in Yorkton Saskatchewan where James had met him 13 years ago) www.instagram.com James got together with Chris to discuss the amazing Billy Blanks in SHOWDOWN Get The MovieDonate Equipment UsedMicrophoneMixerHeadphones Camera Links Support the pod…
 
In a shock twist, this week I am reviewing a movie that my special guest has already seen! I am joined by self-confessed Tomoisseur Andrew who also absolutely bloody loves this movie & is helping me defend it against what we believe to be unfair criticisms of this sci fi masterpiece. We talk a lot about bad dad's, screaming children, cool alien sou…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Book Club episode, we discuss Eric Gansworth's memoir in verse, Apple: Skin to the Core. We talk about what worked for us, share quotes, and offer pairings including Angeline Boulley’s Firekeeper’s Daughter, Steve Sheinkin’s Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, and Laurie Halse Anderson’s S…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Jen discusses reasons to use film in the classroom and ways to approach interpreting film with students. She suggests giving students Roger Ebert's "How to Read a Movie," an essay that is a helpful introduction to interpreting movies and points listeners to a short film, Rodrigo Blaas's Alma, that is an excellent introdu…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we circle back to the books we recommended to each other in episode 139. Each of us got a recommendation from each of our co-hosts, and we read those books and are reporting back about how we felt about them! Be sure to check out episode 139 if you'd like to hear more about why the books were recommended. Visit t…
 
Guests Martin Navarro Michael Petrow Welp I really need to get that new internal Harddrive because I lost another episode…luckily it was half! I am joined by Michael and Martin of the Reel Debaters as we commentate over the first half of Steven Seagals magnum opus Undersiege!! Get the movie - https://amzn.to/3bqAsXE Links Support the podcast…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss author imprints and the way that those can help readers discover new authors to love. We specifically discuss the Rick Riordan Presents imprint and share books we've read from it including Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, Yoon Ha Lee’s Dragon Pearl, and Carlos Hernandez’s Sal an…
 
Ben is back to finish off our review of The Color of Money where there's a big shift in the final third of the film, with the mentor & the protégé parting ways. Join us as we discuss clumsy tantrums, training montages, sweater vests, US winters & dropping the word balabushka into everyday conversations.Find Ben on twitter @thomas_violence or via th…
 
Guest Roger Boyer Roger Boyer is a Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer, and Podcaster based in Winnipeg Manitoba. He has written, produced, and directed various music videos, short films, documentaries, as well as a feature film horror. twitter.com Login • Instagram Koj-B Films - Home James Reunites with Unoffical Offical 3rd Mic of the show R…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Ashley talks about the graphic design program Canva. She shares about the benefits of signing up for an educators' account with Canva, and she shares a few tips about using Canva to create images for various purposes as well as suggestions for how it can be used in the classroom with students. To sign up for the Educator…
 
Question: How do you decide what adventures to take in your nonlinear career? What are intentional plans vs. accidents? Guest: Martin Atkins, Music Industries Coordinator, Millikin University; producer, drummer, documentary filmmaker, DJ, and teacher Photo: Kara Hammond and NARAS Martin Atkins talked with our host, Gigi Johnson, from his studio tha…
 
Guest Curtis Howson Curtis is a small buisness owner and all around good man!He enjoys True Romance which make him the man!He also is the winner of the 2020 Beaver Does Movies New Guest of the year. twitter.com First Row Collectibles - Your #1 Source For Everything Collectible www.instagram.com A while ago we recorded an episode with Curtis Howson …
 
In this Unabridged Book-to-Screen Adaptation episode, we discuss To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's Always and Forever, Lara Jean. We are all huge fans of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, and you can catch our discussion of the first film here. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes…
 
Did you know Tom Cruise was in a Martin Scorsese movie? Not only that, but a movie about pool? And that it's really bloody good? It sounds preposterous but I promise it's true! Co-starring the incredible Paul Newman, it's about the seedy world of pool hustling. Join Ben McLeay & I as we discuss the rugged sex appeal of Paul Newman, that wonderful V…
 
Guest Chris Maxwell Chris Maxwell is a former radio personality and boxing enthusiast, originally lived in Yorkton Saskatchewan where James had met him 13 years ago) www.instagram.com STEVEN SEAGAL MONTH RETURNS! With friend of the show Chris Maxwell making his return we tackle another battle of the century. TYSON V SEAGAL! Get China Salesman Donat…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss some of our favorite tropes and share some book recommendations that have included those tropes. Our recommendations include Beth O’Leary’s The Switch, Helena Hunting’s Kiss My Cupcake, and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. We talk about some of our favorite and not-so-favorite tropes in romance nov…
 
This was fun. Your host, Gigi Johnson, has been speaking for college classes this past week and kept being asked to tell her/my story of the pivot points and non-linear decisions over 9 careers. So in this Tuesday Tidbit segment, I share the story of how I changed into a film major at USC based on postcard from my teaching assistant for a single cl…
 
Guest Roger Boyer Roger Boyer is a Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer, and Podcaster based in Winnipeg Manitoba. He has written, produced, and directed various music videos, short films, documentaries, as well as a feature film horror. twitter.com Login • Instagram Koj-B Films - Home Roger returns for another Biweekly Tangent fun!This week we…
 
Guest Juice Jackson Juice Jackson of the Friendly sparring podcast (Formely Fighting with myself) he also has a second podcast based on theatre productions (Breaking the 4th wall.) Friendly Sparring | Podcast on Spotify The Fourth Wall on acast twitter.com WE BEGIN SEAGAL MONTH WITH THE MATCH OF THE CENTURY! ITS GSP V SEAGAL! AS WE WATCHED CARTELS/…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Episode, Sara talks about using graphic memoirs in the classroom. She goes over ideas to use graphic memoirs in literature circles, and some ideas to encourage reluctant readers. Sara also discusses three specific recommendations for graphic memoirs to use in literature circles in your classroom. Visit the Unabridged webs…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Book Club episode, we discuss Mira Jacob's graphic memoir Good Talk. We talked about this amazing memoir and also shared our pairings, including Craig Thompsons Blankets, James McBride's The Color of Water, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Hey, Kiddo. If you're interested in discussing this one with us, be sure to join us on Ma…
 
Question: What if you could build a company around your passions? In this episode, David Hernandez shares how he is unlearning and relearning what he knows to create competition for his company . . . in his own company! He runs Colonize Media, a multiplatform network music aggregator. He has worked to create “a very human culture” with his team of …
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, Ashley, Jen, and Sara answer questions from listeners. The questions are both bookish and non-bookish, so we enjoyed mixing those up and doing a speed round as well with some of the questions. Many of the questions came from the Unabridged Ambassadors! Remember to check out that program if you're interested in ge…
 
Today starts the first segment of Tidbit Tuesday, which brings in parts of the Redesigning Your Creative Career program from NextCareer.me. What is a Creative Career? What are we talking about when we throw around the term “creative career”? This could be having a traditional career in a creative industry, or it could be doing something that has cr…
 
Imagine if you will, a world where Tom Cruise & Tom Hanks had gotten each other films roles! How many would have worked & how many would have been ruined? Heather & I discuss which films could have had the other Tom in them & which movies would have been so bad they're good with a Tom swap (hunt: Magnolia). Listen to Heather's podcast Online Moll P…
 
Guest Roger Boyer Roger Boyer is a Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer, and Podcaster based in Winnipeg Manitoba. He has written, produced, and directed various music videos, short films, documentaries, as well as a feature film horror. twitter.com Login • Instagram Koj-B Films - Home Roger and James get togther for their monthly conversation,…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Episode, Jen talks about ways to use some of the features of Google Apps for Education to support reading. She goes over the best ways to distribute Google files to students, the benefits of annotation, and some ideas to support the re-reading of complex texts. Jen also discusses ways to implement collaborative adaptation…
 
Question: What if you could pursue the creative projects that you already saw in the world? Guest: Beatie Wolfe, Singer, Songwriter, Technologist (Photo: Ross Harris) In this episode, Beatie Wolfe takes us through her creative journey to become the technologist and artist she is today. Back when she was 7 or 8, she began to imagine the “music books…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss the pilot episode of Mismatched, a screen adaptation of Sandhya Menon's young adult romance novel, When Dimple Met Rishi. We all loved this book and enjoyed doing it as a buddy read on Instagram. This adaptation is a perfect fit for our Unabridged Reading Challenge bonus category, watching an adaptatio…
 
Starting next Tuesday, we'll be sharing parts of the NextCareer.me career exploration programs to tie in with the non-linear career stories from each of these podcast interviews. We'll be sharing each week on Tuesdays a bit of the programs we have been working on for a few years with groups on how to expand your creative career, using examples from…
 
Well it had to happen, Tom Cruise had to star in a complete dud eventually. Directed by Robert Redford & co-starring Meryl Streep this is an absolute yawn fest about how the War on Terror sucks ass, starring Tom as a slimy Republican senator. Join Heather & I as we do our best to make this snooze fest kinda interesting by dissing it constantly? Loo…
 
Question: What if you need to leave creative work to deal with crisis? How can you bring your creativity to other fields? Guest: Christopher Zyda, Author; CEO, Mozaic LLC In this episode, Christopher Zyda shares his journey through the 1980s AIDS pandemic as a young professional writer-to-be and his shift into finance to help care for his partner w…
 
In this Unabridged Love is in the Air episode, we talk about some romance book recommendations we each want to share, including discussions of Alexis Daria's You Had Me at Hola, Alisha Rai’s First Comes Like, and Talia Hibbert’s Take a Hint, Dani Brown. There's something for everyone who is looking for a great romance book to read. Any of these pic…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Ashley talks about a few ways to incorporate more poetry into class routines. She talks about activities teachers can do with students to engage with poetry, and she shares a few places to access more poems including sites such as Poetry Foundation and signing up for daily emails such as the Poem-a-Day email subscription…
 
In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we are discussing Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. This one was chosen by the Unabridged Ambassadors and is a perfect fit for two of our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge categories, a romance by an author of color and a retelling of a classic. This month, we are having a Book Club discussio…
 
Guest Roger Boyer Roger Boyer is a Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer, and Podcaster based in Winnipeg Manitoba. He has written, produced, and directed various music videos, short films, documentaries, as well as a feature film horror. twitter.com Login • Instagram Koj-B Films - Home A fun conversation with Roger Boyer about Bigfoot movies!Ch…
 
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