Energy Efficient Homes & Drywall 101 with Contractor Scott Harris

Energy Efficient Homes & Drywall 101 with Contractor Scott Harris

Episode 36

When Ed and Rachelle asked for a LEED platinum house, contractor Scott Harris couldn't resist the challenge. Even without much knowledge of sustainable homes, he seized the opportunity and studied up on the features that would set this super eco-friendly house apart from the norm. But don't worry, you don't have to be Ed Begley Jr. with pot fillers, paperless drywalls, and a greywater system if you want a house with a low carbon footprint. Scott shares budget-friendly ways you can make your own house better for the environment, and take care of your own health by preventing mold from infiltrating your walls.

 

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LESSONS FROM SCOTT:

1. You can achieve your dreams without taking the traditional path.

2. A house can be functional and beautiful.

3. Green can be a way of life.

 

 

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Building Construction Group website

Email Scott Harris at scott@buildingcgroup.com

Follow Scott on Instagram

Watch Scott in the web series On Begley Street

Boogie Nights, the film

Adam Carolla

Why you should get paperless drywall

Tips on preventing and inspecting for mold in your home

The holy trinity of creating mold on paper on the back of drywall - put in a dark place, add water, and a food source

DensGlass

Why you should pay attention to VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and off gassing

LEED certification

Erector sets of today 

3 Advantages of Pot Fillers in your kitchen

SCI-Arc, architecture school

Barbara Barry

Other college drop outs: Steve JobsFrank Lloyd WrightLudwig Mies van der Rohe (who didn't even go to college)

William Hefner

ACT D'mand system - save electricity / heat / time / water / energy by not waiting for hot water

Learn about recirculating pumps

John Wolseley

Learn about shear wall

Daikon system for heating & AC

Fly ash

Avoid flooding from your AC condensate line

Los Angeles' plan for a master rainwater catchment system

UV pool vs. ozone pool

Sierra Pacific windows & doors

Kevin James, actor

Greywater reuse vs. rainwater harvesting

US Green Building Council

What mere mortals can do:

Our episode with Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays

Lutron lighting

LED lighting solutions from Eaton

Caesarstone

National Council of Jewish Women

Title 24

Miter box

 

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Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays on Home Remodeling & Healthy Relationships

Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays on Home Remodeling & Healthy Relationships

Episode 35

Moving into a new house can be a hassle. But for actors and home renovators Corbin Bernsen (LA Law, Psych) and Amanda Pays (The Flash, Max Headroom), uprooting and changing locations is like therapy. They share how their spending habits have morphed from overabundance to frugality and simplicity, how the nomadic life has strengthened their relationship, and where they look for the best secondhand furniture. Of course, they also challenge Ed to travel with them across international borders, and reveal the houses that they regretted the most.

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LESSONS FROM CORBIN & AMANDA:

  1. Sometimes we have to just live life...and then worry about the finances.
  2. Go where life takes you. It can help you get out of the grind.
  3. Wherever you are, honor what the environment tells you to do. Make the most of what’S there and adapt.
  4. Trying to expand through the cheap and fast route isn’t always the best solution in the long run.

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Amandaandcorbin.com - stay up to date on their latest work

Open House: Reinventing Space for Simple Living - buy their book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Follow Corbin Bernsen on FacebookTwitter

Follow Amanda Pays on Instagram

Corbin Bernsen, actor / director / producer - check out his work in film & TV

Amanda Pays, actress - check out her work in film & TV

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Richard Branson - will he ever invent a biofuel so Ed will finally get on a plane?

Norwegian Air

Terrapass

Santa Fe Southwestern style that was big in the 1980s

Judd Hirsch, actor who gave them 2 barns to use the wood

Steve Martin, actor / comedian who bought the first house they sold

1994 earthquake that shook Southern California

LA Law

The Flash

Farnham, Surrey

Hampshire, England

The Cape, TV series - why Corbin had to move to Florida and left Amanda to raise 4 boys

Kennedy Space Center

Campbell Hall

Cool restaurants made of shipping containers

The science of peeing in the pool

DG (Decomposed granite) 101

Plants that should've been planted in Southern California

Son Oliver Bernsen - artist, filmmaker

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Ikea

England council houses - America's version of stucco houses

American expansion after WWII

The Crucial Decade - and After: America, 1945-1960 by Eric Goldman

McMansions

Robert Blake, actor

Priscilla Woolworth

 

 

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What Nazis Stole from Simon Goodman's Family

What Nazis Stole from Simon Goodman's Family

Episode 34

Has your ancestry kept secrets from you? For author Simon Goodman, any family history involving the Holocaust was swept under the rug. But when he discovered that the Nazis took his grandfather's extraordinary art collection, Simon made it his life's purpose to hunt those pieces down. He and his wife actress May Quigley share the long journey of reclaiming a stolen Degas, fighting legal battles, discovering catalogs addressed to Hitler himself, and penning the book, The Orpheus Clock to keep the history alive.

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LESSONS FROM SIMON & MAY:

1. Don't give up.

2. Don't let your family's stories go unspoken. We shouldn't be ashamed of our history, but embrace it and learn from it.

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Find The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family’s Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis by Simon Goodman on AmazoniTunes, Barnes & Noble, or listen to the audiobook

May Quigley, actress

Carrie Fisher, beloved actress and May's friend since they were 4 years old!

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Debbie Reynolds, May's scout leader when she was in Girl Scouts

Transistor radio

Sex Pistols

Some of the musical icons that wandered into Simon's shop - The Beatles, Rolling Stones' Mick JaggerMarianne FaithfullJoe CockerJimi Hendrix, The Bee Gees

Chris Blackwell, record music producer

CNN's article about the disputed Degas painting (Landscape with Smokestacks, c. 1890) between Simon and the Chicago millionaire, Daniel Searle

Simon's grandfather, Friedrich Gutmann

Art Institute of Chicago

Sotheby's auction house

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, another artist in the collection of stolen art

Randol Schoenberglawyer

Maria Altmann, Adele Bloch-Bauer's niece

Gustav Klimt's Golden Phase, including the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Woman in Gold, the film starring Helen Mirren & Ryan Reynolds 

Dutch Restitution Policy

Christie's Auctions & Private Sales

Sandro Botticelli

Getty Research Institute

Making sense of white supremacists in Charlottesville

Theresienstadt, Czech Republic - where Simon's grandparents were imprisoned in a "nicer" concentration camp with people of higher status (Sigmund Freud's sister Adolfine, Franz Kafka's sister Ottla)

Kurt Gerronwho was forced to direct the propaganda film The Fuhrer Gives The Jews a City

Monuments Men

World Jewish Congress 

Alfonse D'Amato

Making a Killing, documentary

The "euthanasia" program led by Karl Brandt, Hitler's physician 

Upcoming spots - London's National Gallery, NY's MET

Eric Braeden's episode on Begleyesque

 

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Susan Anton on Dating Dudley Moore & Defying Appearances

Susan Anton on Dating Dudley Moore & Defying Appearances

Episode 33

Susan Anton - actress, Broadway star, and still a singer today - never imagined that she'd go from an apple farm girl to the show opener for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. But after her boyfriend dared her to try out for a beauty pageant, she became enamored with the entertainment business. She shares how her honest answer on Miss America changed pageant policy forever, what it was like dating Dudley Moore when she was 9 inches taller (and that's without heels), why she started picking up trash after a talk with God, and the best advice she got from Sammy Davis Jr. 

 

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LESSONS FROM SUSAN:

1. Be curious. It just might land you a date.
2. We should all get over appearances. 
3. We need to recognize the trash around us and pick it up. Let’s make it better for the next person.
4. Cherish the incredible moments in life.

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Susan Anton's website

Follow Susan on Facebook

Susan Anton's TV shows & movie appearances

Rachelle's panel at Podcast Movement

WeSpark's Jazz and the Cinema charity concert - starring Jeff Goldblum, Susan Anton, Sandra Booker, and more

Yucaipa, California

Oak Glen, California 

Doris DayFrank Sinatra - Susan's inspirations

Meet Me in St. Louis

Bert Parks, host of the Miss America Pageant

Pasadena, CA, where you go to clean offices and work as a car hop

Eddie Foye Jr., pageant judge / Susan's mentor

Larry Whitemusical director

Carrie Whitehairdresser / Susan & Jeff's matchmaker

The Will Rogers FolliesBroadway musical

Marla Maples

Hurlyburly, the play

Kevin Spacey as the understudy

Kennedy Center Honors - Adolf Green and Betty Comden

Keith Carradine

The Merv Griffin Show

A Curious Mind by producer Brian Grazer

Dudley Moore, the 5'2" comedian / actor

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore in Beyond the Fringe

Bedazzled (1967)

Mike Nichols, director

Original Hurlyburly cast - William "Bill" Hurt, Christopher Walken, Sigourney Weaver

Jeff Lester, actor / producer / writer & Susan's husband

Joe the Wheaton Terrier

Pittsburgh, starring Jeff Goldblum

Women with a Purpose seminars

John Lennon "Imagine"

Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.'s advice for nerves: "Give everything you got, do best you can, and...they didn't come to see you anyway."

Frank Sinatra "Come Rain or Come Shine"

The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas

Big Picture Studios

The Last Real Cowboys, starring Billy Bob Thorton

Walking Tall, TV series starring Bo Svenson and Jeff as Grady Spooner

Laura Dern, actress

Speed of Life, documentary about Amy Purdy who lost her legs and competed in the Paralympics

Vitello's Restaurant

Megaformer - "pilates on steroids" invented by Sebastian Lagree

Headspace, a meditation app invented by former monk Andy Puddicombe

 

 

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Moniqua Plante on Holistic Health Coaching & Sugar Addiction

Moniqua Plante on Holistic Health Coaching & Sugar Addiction

Episode 32

Moniqua Plante (Nashville, Drop Dead Diva) wears many hats as an actress, producer, writer, and holistic health coach. After a two month-long case of food poisoning, she found the solution in natural healing and she was hooked into the world of self-love, care, and nourishment. She talks with Ed and Rachelle about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, the importance of gut health, and a trick that actors should use to get rid of nerves about auditions.

 

LESSONS FROM MONIQUA:
1. Make sure you have a healthy mind & body. It starts with your own ecosystem.

2. Stay creative.

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TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Follow Moniqua on InstagramTwitterFacebook

The Plante Life

Check out Moniqua's film & TV show appearances

Sugarloaf Mountain, Colorado

The Sink restaurant in Boulder, CO

X Games

Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York

Moniqua as Natasha on Nashville

Coca-Cola's effort to fight sugar

Sugar 101

Natural sugar substitutes

Tips on how to cut back on sugar

Does hypnotherapy really work?

Mar Vista Farmers' Market

Studio City Farmers' Market

Lena Dunham & body image

Pillow TalkMoniqua's award-winning short film

BansheeFemme Fatales

Sydney Pollack, director

Bryan Cranston's advice to actors

 

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