Monday, May 16, 2011

5/17 Hamburger America, Jessica Szohr, Josh Gracin, Google!

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Author George Motz Tells Us About Hamburger America!

George Motz is America's foremost hamburger expert. Since the release of his documentary film Hamburger America (on the Sundance Channel in 2005), and now the book of the same name (Running Press, 2008/2011), he has been asked daily of his opinion of where to find some of the best burgers in the country. He has taught a course on hamburgers at NYU, and has consulted for many hamburger restaurants. In 2006, Hamburger America (the Film) became required viewing in a food course at Princeton University and was nominated for a James Beard Award. Hamburger A
merica (the book) can now be found in just about any bookstore.

A long time ago, George tried to explain to a reporter that he was a filmmaker, not a hamburger expert, but the press would have none of that. So George has resigned himself to the fact that based on his travels and intensive research maybe he really does know a lot about burgers. His passion for greasy nourishment and American nostalgia probably helps.

In his real life, George is an award-winning freelance Director of Photography based in New York City. Over the past 19 years he has worked on numerous television commercials, films, music videos, documentaries, and promos.

In 2000, George received his first New York Emmy Award for a spot lensed for Thirteen WNET. And in 2006 he took home two more New York Emmys for a WNET station ID campaign.

In 2007, George and Chef Harry Hawk created the NYC Food Film Festival, a multi-sensory film festival where food films are screened along with the food profiled in those films. The 4rd Annual NYC Food Film Festival was held in June 2010 and was a unequivocal success. In September of 2010 the festival expanded to Chicago with the 1st Annual Chicago Food Film Festival.

The book Hamburger America is coming to life in the form of a television series, currently in development, and an iPod/iPad app is in the works, releasing May 20, 2011. The completely revised edition of Hamburger America includes 52 new burger joints and is available at bookstores everywhere.

Jessica Szohr is Stopping By to Tell Us About Summer Fashion and Her Latest Projects!

Movie star Jessica Szohr~who first became a household name as Vanessa Abrams on the hit television series “Gossip Girl” and who is soon to grace the silver screen in “Love, Wedding, Marriage” opposite Mandy Moore and “Tower Heist” opposite Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, and Casey Affleck~is also a fashion aficionado and will reveal to your listeners her inside scoop on one of the hottest trends this summer~sleeveless style!

Jessica Szohr, a native of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, has delighted millions of viewers in her role as Vanessa Abrams on the hit television series “Gossip Girl” after guest-starring on such shows as “CSI: Miami”, “What I Like about You”, “My Wife and Kids”, “Joan of Arcadia”, “That’s So Raven”, “Drake & Josh”, and “What About Brian”. In addition to gracing the silver screen in “Piranha”, “Fired Up”, “Uncle Nino” and “House at the End of the Drive”, Jessica is starring opposite Mandy Moore in the highly-anticipated feature film “Love, Wedding, Marriage” (scheduled to hit theatres in June of 2011) and recently wrapped “Tower Heist” opposite Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Tea Leoni, and Gabourey Sidibe. Jessica is also currently filming “I Don’t Know How She Does It” opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Seth Meyers, and Olivia Munn

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What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Country Star and Veteran Josh Gracin Invites Americans to Share Their Inspiring Stories for National “Portraits of Heroes” Song Contest!

Now more than ever is a time where Americans across the nation share the same heroes: our military servicemen and women…the backbone of our great country. Country star and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Josh Gracin – who shot to stardom after appearing in the second season of American Idol – has teamed up with Sears for the national “Portraits of Heroes” song contest to highlight our brave veterans and active servicemen and women. The winner will have his or her story turned into a song, which will be written and performed by Josh Gracin – and they will be flown to Nashville and spend a day with Josh in the studio while he records the song.

Now through June 1, veterans, active servicemen and women, military spouses and family members across the country are invited to submit a portrait of their hero and description (1000 words or less) of what makes him or her a star in their eyes. Entries submitted at will be judged on the originality of the story, connection to the heroes theme and photo that brings the story to life.

We're Learning Some Cool Google Tricks and Tips from Google's User Experience Researcher Daniel Russell!

Google knows a lot of stuff. You know this. You’ve tested it. And you’ve surely been amazed when it uncovers some little-known factoid you never thought you’d be able to find. Most people use Google to perform searches on a daily or even hourly basis. But there’s more to this popular search engine than meets the eye.

Google’s User Experience Researcher Daniel Russell has some surprising search tricks up his sleeve to share with us. Dan is a true search enthusiast and will share some of his favorite shortcuts and tips – things you’d never have thought of – to help you become a search star and better find what you're looking for. He’ll even take your questions on how best to search any topic you’re interested in, and clue-in your audience to a new type of online puzzle that combines the best of search and trivia.

Daniel Russell is an Uber Tech Lead and research scientist at Google where he works in the area of search quality, with a focus on understanding what how people think about and use Google search, as well as what makes Google users happy in their search tasks. As an individual contributor, Dan is best known for his recent work on the large, interactive IBM BlueBoard system for simple shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration, and for his studies of sensemaking behavior of people dealing with understanding large amounts of information.

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