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2015-16 Season

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Episode 230 (Season Premiere)
Original Broadcast: Week of August 31, 2015

Rebroadcast: Week of January 18, 2016

We’ve got some great interviews lined up for you this season, but for our first show, we want to take a look back at some of our viewer favs from last year! We’ll take you back to the newsroom where the news director of a TV station filled Shawn in on some of the job opportunities in the fast-paced TV news industry. Then we’ll revisit the beautifully landscaped home where landscape architect met up with Gracey and shared with her how he designed the awesome outdoor spaces. And if you’re interested in law enforcement and love horses, your dream jobs awaits!  You won’t want to miss our look back at Shawn’s interview with a mounted patrol officer.

Episode 231
Original Broadcast: Week of September 7, 2015

Rebroadcast: Week of January 25, 2016

Today, we’re going to continue where we left off last week and bring you more of our viewer’s favorite careers. We’ll go back to the wildlife refuge in the Everglades where a wildlife biologist gives Gracey a glimpse of the work he does both as a biologist and nature photographer. Are you a car buff and into performance, computers, physics and math? If so, you’ll love seeing an encore of Shawn’s interview with a calibration engineer. And if you’re into art, you’ll be delighted that we’re bringing back Gracey’s interview with a sculptor. We’ll even see him welding one of his masterpieces!

Episode 232
Original Broadcast: Week of September 14, 2015

Rebroadcast: Week of February 1, 2016

Are you on your high school or college football team?  Do you dream about making it to the NFL either as a player or a coach?  What are your chances, what’s the process and what is life really like being in one of these positions on an NFL team?  Well, wonder no more, because today, we’re bringing you to Miami, Florida, for a special edition of Real Life 101 where we will focus the whole show on some highly sought after careers in the NFL! Gracey will talk with a coach and a professional player from the Miami Dolphins. 

Episode 233
Original Broadcast: Week of September 21, 2015

Rebroadcast: Week of February 8, 2016

The way people feel about their appearance can impact their whole being.  Shawn will introduce us to a plastic surgeon who helps his patients look and feel better about themselves.  And for her premiere on Real Life 101, our new field reporter, Alecsa, will meet the top recruiter for PwC. She’ll find out the qualities the company is looking for when hiring new employees and interns. Do you enjoy organizing and want your own business?  Don’t miss Shawn’s interview with a woman who provides a helping hand for her clients by running errands and getting their homes in order. 

Episode 234
Original Broadcast: Week of September 28, 2015
Rebroadcast: Week of February 15, 2016

We’ll meet Elan, a fashion designer and women’s clothing manufacturer who gives Gracey a look at his intriguing career . . . and his beautiful styles. Then Shawn will talk with a marketing and advertising executive and discuss how she gives her clients the biggest bang for their advertising buck including media buying. Plus we’ll take a trip to the Miami Seaquarium where Gracey meets up with the animal care manager and learns how she tends to the exhibit and rescue animals such as manatees and turtles.

Episode 235
Original Broadcast: Week of October 5, 2015
Rebroadcast: Week of February 22, 2016

The term “organic” is becoming more commonplace on grocery store shelves.  But do you know what it means?  Shawn will find out from an organic farmer who runs a business that makes orange juice you may find in your produce section. If you’re interested in a different type of music career, you’ll want to see Alecsa’s interview with a Music Therapist and learn how he uses music to help people with various illnesses. We’ll also look into another health career . . . one that has to do with eyesight . . . when Shawn visits a para-optometric assistant and sees the things she does to assist the doctor.

Episode 236
Original Broadcast: Week of October 12, 2015

Rebroadcast: Week of February 29, 2016

Gracey is going to take us to a marina where she meets up with a charter boat captain and learns about the fun and fascinating career he calls work.  Work. . . Really? Career options are soaring in the Aeronautical industry.  Shawn will talk to the director of Career Services at an aviation and aerospace university. She’ll share with him not only what she does, but what the up and coming jobs will be in this field. And Gracey will visit a women’s clothing manufacturing company and see how the production manager oversees the whole manufacturing process of their fashions.

Episode 237
Original Broadcast: Week of October 19, 2015
Rebroadcast: Week of March 7, 2016

Shawn is going to meet a county court judge and see how she got into her coveted position and why she loves her career on the bench. Plus Gracey is going to talk with the general manager of a major hotel chain who tells her the varied things his job entails – and how he does everything with a certain goal in mind. Then, Shawn will visit an auto repair shop where the owner shares with him some of the skills needed when diagnosing and fixing problems with a car.  As an auto technician, he uses a lot more than a computer!

Episode 238
Original Broadcast: Week of October 26, 2015
Rebroadcast: Week of March 14, 2016

Overseeing almost 3000 inmates plus a large staff in a county jail is an enormous responsibility.  Gracey will talk with the Chief of Corrections and learn about a career in criminal justice. Then Shawn will meet up with an estate planning attorney and learn how he works with his clients to have their affairs in order and wishes met for their inevitable passing. Plus, Alecsa will visit a podiatrist to learn why she chose this specialty and how we can avoid foot and ankle problems that most of us experience at one time or another.

Episode 239
Original Broadcast: Week of November 2, 2015
Rebroadcast: Week of March 21, 2016

Just like at home, people at work often have trouble getting along.  Shawn will speak with an industrial psychologist and learn how she helps with conflicts and other problems in the workplace. People are blogging about every subject you can think of nowadays.  Alecsa will talk with a lifestyle blogger who’ll share with us how she got her start in this popular business. Plus, Shawn will visit an airport where he meets a man who merged his love of aviation with his interest in business and management into a career as the Director of Airport Operations.

Episode 240
Original Broadcast: Week of November 9, 2015

Week of March 28, 2016

Did you know that a different set of laws apply to accidents that happen on the sea in open water? Gracey will talk with a maritime attorney and learn how he applies these laws when working with clients who want to file a case against a cruise ship or boat. Then Shawn will visit a hair salon where he speaks with a hairdresser. He’ll learn why she chose this career and some of the skills involved in making her clients look great. And if you think you might like a career working on yachts and ocean cruising, you’ll enjoy Gracey’s interview with a person who makes her living as a deckhand.

Episode 241
Original Broadcast: Week of November 16, 2015

Alecsa will meet the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, LIFT Orlando. He has a passion for neighborhood revitalization and empowering its residents. Plus, Shawn will meet a licensed cruise agent and see why she loves working with her clients to ensure they have a great cruise experience. She’ll also talk about some of the perks of her job. Then for you pet lovers, Alecsa will visit an animal shelter and talk with an animal care officer to learn about his duties and what his favorite part of the job is. 

Episode 242
Original Broadcast: Week of Novemer 23, 2015

Shawn will visit a university where he meets an engineering student. He is part of an organization called Limbitless Solutions that uses 3D printing to create prosthetic arms for children who either were born without an arm or lost one due to injury or disease.   For prosthetic designs, see Enabling the Future. And Gracey will talk to a sales manager for a trendy women’s clothing manufacturer and see how he gets his company’s fashions in stores and boutiques everywhere. Finally, Shawn will introduce us to a handyman who loves working with his hands and uses his skills to maintain and repair his customers’ homes.

Episode 243
Original Broadcast: Week of November 30, 2015

Most people have heard of urologists and gynecologists.  Alecsa will make an office visit to see a doctor who combines both specialties of medicine in her profession as a urogynecologist. And with the growing popularity of organic foods, we sent Shawn to talk with a production manager of a large citrus farm where he learns about growing organic crops. Then Alecsa finds herself in the county jail.  Don’t worry - she didn’t do anything wrong.  She’s there to talk with a corrections officer and learn about his duties and how he works with the inmates.

Episode 244
Original Broadcast: Week of December 7, 2015

Alecsa will meet a man named Jamail Larkins who found his passion for flying at age 13 and since then has become a successful entrepreneur and a mentor to young people interested in aviation. Speaking of aviation, Shawn will also talk with the Director of Maintenance who is an expert in aviation maintenance.  He makes sure his company’s clients’ planes not only perform well but also look great inside and out.
Plus, Alecsa will learn what traffic engineers do to deal with growing congestion on our roads and to keep traffic running smoothly.

Episode 245
Original Broadcast: Week of December 14, 2015

Today, we’re going to revisit some of your favorite interviews from last season! We’ll start out with what most people find to be an intriguing career as we bring back Shawn’s interview with a SWAT Team leader and learn what goes into his high adrenaline job protecting citizens.
Then, we’ll take a look back at Gracey’s career with a business banker and learn how he helps his customers get their new businesses off the ground or their existing businesses growing. Plus, we’re going to bring you an encore of Shawn’s interview with a veterinary acupuncturist. Bet you thought this alternative medical treatment was reserved for humans!

Episode 246
Original Broadcast: Week of December 21, 2015

Today, we will give you an encore of some of your favorite interviews from last season. We’ll start by returning to the field where Gracey talks with a former pro-football kicker. He’s now found his niche as a kicking coach teaching his skills to others. And we’ll take a look back at Shawn’s interview with a daily money manager.  She helps people pay their bills and keep track of their finances when they aren’t able to do it by themselves. Plus we’ll revisit Gracey’s interview with a man who makes his living as a freelance drummer.  He even does a little solo performance for her!

Episode 247
Original Broadcast: Week of December 28, 2015

It’s good to have you with us today as we bring you an encore of 3 very cool careers from last season! Did you know that 1 out of 3 dogs over the age of 10 is likely to develop cancer?  We’ll bring back Shawn’s interview with a veterinary oncologist who diagnoses and treats pets with cancer. And we will show you Gracey’s meeting with an adoption attorney and learn how she matches up parents to their new child and ensures that the adoption process goes smoothly. Then we’ll look back at what goes into formulating the ingredients for cheesecakes and pizza rolls when we bring you Shawn’s interview with a food scientist.

Episode 248
Original Broadcast: Week of January 4, 2016

Today, we’re going to continue showing our “best of” interviews from last season as they’re just too good to lock up in the Real Life vault!
What comes to mind when you think of Anthropology?  Bet you never thought of fast food. We’re going to bring you an encore of Gracey’s informative interview with an anthropologist. Then, we’ll head back to the Emergency Operations Center where we revisit Shawn’s interview with an Emergency Manager and learn how he coordinates operations during crises (plural of crisis) and other events. Plus, we’ll bring you Gracey’s interview with a residential appraiser. See how he figures out what a house is worth and why this is so important in a real estate transaction.

Episode 249
Original Broadcast: Week of January 11, 2016

We’ve got a special half hour lined up as we bring back some of our most unique and interesting careers from last season.  We may not realize it, but logistics is involved in everything we have. We’ll show you Shawn’s interview with the president of a logistics company who will introduce us to his career of getting things safely and intact from point A to B. And we’ll head back to the fire station where Gracey meets up with a firefighter and learns that this job is not just about extinguishing fires.  Plus, we will revisit Shawn’s meeting with a recruiter who will talk about some of the careers available in the oil and gas industry and how he connects prospects and employers.

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