Season 1 Episode 22

There are some people who are so interesting, who have such fascinating lives and jobs, that I can’t wait to invite them to the podcast. Then they turn around and scare the life out of me with their book choices. That’s what happened with today’s guest, Azhelle Wade. Azhelle designs toys for a living, and mentors others in the toy design process. She is sweet and funny and an utterly delightful guest. But the book she chose, “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston, is about a near-catastrophic outbreak of the Ebola virus. I don’t read a lot of scary books, but I can honestly say this might be the scariest book ever written. Azhelle and I had a great laugh about my raging anxiety, and then the interview turned surprisingly candid and honest. I know you’re going to love her.

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Host: Julie Strauss
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Guest: Azhelle Wade
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Indie Bookstore Shoutout of the Week:
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Books discussed in this episode:

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Hot Zone Miniseries
Pandemic Board Game
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks 
The Art of the Click: How to Harness the Power of Direct-Response Copywriting and Make More Sales by Glenn Fisher
Game Changer: The Story of Pictionary and How I Turned a Simple Idea into the Bestselling Board Game in the World by Rob Angel

 

Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip:

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Polly Pocket House
Throw Throw Burrito
Doubles (Julie’s Note: I bought this game for my family after talking with Azhelle and it is a BLAST!)
Friendship Bracelet Creator
Scattergories
What Do You Meme? Party Game

 

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