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  • 02:27

    STR #199 12/16/14 2014 Stana Katic Year In Review

    in Television

    For further information on Stana Katic, please go to her Official Web Site www.stanakatic.com

    2014 Stana Katic Year In Review photos are via stanakatic.com and zimbio.com [photos are in BTR random order]

    Audio copyright credits: People's Choice Awards, CBS, Procter&Gamble,Burnett,Hearst Entertainment's One Three Digital - Stana acceptance speech stage and backstage interview | The Insider - Backstage PCA's | 'The Beauty of Storytelling' by Olay & ELLE | 'Kiss My ALS' by Jon Huertas youTube | CicLavia Atlternative Travel Project [ATP] Speech 9th Annual Kick-Off Ceremony by MaximoTV youTube | 2014 ATP Next Step via Alternative Travel Project | EMAs Green Carpet via youTube

    Outro Music copyright credits[available via iTunes for purchase, except Troy]:  'Cinnamon & Chocolate' by Butterfly Boucher 2008 Ten Out of Tenn - Christmas | 'O Holy Night' by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews from NBC's Studio 60, Christmas 2006 | 'Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy' by Pentatonix featuring Tori Kelly, Christmas 2014 | 'Heaven Everywhere' by Francesca Battistelli, 2012 Word Entertainment LLC

  • 02:18

    STR #164 12/17/13 2013 Stana Katic Year In Review

    in Television

    At the end of every year we are always amazed at everything Stana Katic has accomplished. She's incredible!! So, sit back, relax, and let's reminisce a bit with all the awesome accomplishments Stana has achieved in 2013! If we've missed anything, please let us know. Happy Holidays!

    Music credit/copyright: "Love is Christmas", Sara Bareilles, 2011 Sony Music Entertainment | "Step Into Christmas", Elton John [written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin], DJM Records | "Christmas This Year", TobyMac ~ featuring Leigh Nash, 2011 ForeFront Records | For the complete full length/complete songs, each are available for your purchase in iTunes and your retailer.

    Photo credit/copyright: various


  • 01:59

    STR #228 11/24/15 S8e08 "Mr. & Mrs. Castle" Recap

    in Television

    After last night’s 2015-16 Fall Finale of #Castle, all anyone needs to say to a Caskett fan is “oh, you guys” and we’re right back in Caskett’s loft agreeing with “Lucy”.  "Mr. and Mrs. Castle" was written by Christine Roum and directed by Jeff Bleckner.

    After the latest news and a few reminders regarding SFF2016, we’ll revisit the discussion we had back on November 10th STR.   How has your opinion changed, if any, regarding Season 8.  Tonight, we’ll go where the discussion takes us and hopefully you’ll be able to weigh in while PCA voting, repeatedly for:


    Stana http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/80/2 …

    Castle http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/35/2 …

    Nathan http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/79/2 …

    *reminder, PCA Voting ends on December 3, 2015 at 11:59PM ET


    Photo credit/copyright: Disney | ABC | ABC Studios

    Promo credit/copyright: Disney | ABC | ABC Studios

  • 01:57

    STR #227 11/17/15 S8e07 "The Last Seduction" Recap

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    If you asked many a #Castle fan what they wished [the most] for Season 8 during this holiday season, your safe bet would be for them to see Caskett back together again as a couple [united their own unique way] and working together again as a team.  Last night’s episode, “The Last Seduction” made quite a huge leap in that fan-wish direction – especially in the last scene – which the episode can be viewed over on www.abc.go.com/castle  in it’s entirety.  “The Last Seduction” was written by Robert Hanning and directed by John Terlesky.

    #PCA2016 voting is still going!  Please vote often and repeatedly, YOUR votes will make the difference in winning! *Voting ends December 3rd at 11:59PM ET.

    Stana ?http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/80/2 …

    Castle ?http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/35/2 …

    Nathan ?http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/79/2 …

    Photo credit/copyright: Disney | ABC | ABC Studios for "Castle".

    Audio credit/copyright: Disney | ABC | ABC Studios for "Castle" Promo.

  • 02:25

    STR #224 10/13/15 S8e04 "What Lies Beneath" Recap

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    It’s People’s Choice Awards [PCA] Nomination time!! Starting today and lasting until October 22 [11:59 PM, ET] please nominate Stana, Castle, Nathan for a PCA2016:

    Stana: http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/80/2

    Castle: http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#1/home/all/35/24

    Nathan: http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#1/home/all/79/2

    Plus, on a side note, if you live in the United States, please suporrt the Alternative Travel Project's bid to win the #LA2050 funds to make LA the "best place it can be" with YOUR vote on October 20th. [thank YOU in advance].

    Something is really starting to heat up on the “LOCKSAT” storyline [off-camera] with Beckett and Vikram on #Castle, what do you think the tiny scraps of info mean that we learned from last night’s episode? “ What Lies Beneath”, written by Barry O’Brien and directed by Larry Shaw.


    There’s a lot going on in this episode which means there's a lot to talk about on tonight’s STR Round Table. Here are Elena’s questions for tonight so you can be ready to give YOUR thoughts on all that is going on:



    Photo credit/copyright: 

    “Castle” – Disney/ABC/ABC Studios

    “PCA” – One Three Digital, LCC


    Audio credit/copyright:

    "Castle" Promo, "The Nose" - Disney/ABC/ABC Studios

    "SisterCities" via YouTube - ET Canada

    Audio credit/copyright:

    "Castle" Promo, "The Nose" - Disney/ABC/ABC Studios

    "SisterCities" via YouTube - ET Canada




  • 01:20

    STR #226 11/10/15 S8e06 "Cool Boys" Recap

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    Tonight, we are back!  We missed you guys! After a bit of news, a few updates, and a SFF2016 reminder... we'll be catching up with what's happening in your part of this BIG world.  If you haven't watched last night's episode of #Castle, "Cool Boys", written by show runner Alexi Hawley and directed by Paul Holahan - we hope you take the time before tonight's show to watch it.

    We sincerely hope you are PCA voting repeatedly [whenever you can] so we, as fans, can demonstrate loudly our love for this show and it's entire cast and crew:

    Stana: http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/80/2

    Castle: http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/35/2

    Nathan: http://vote.peopleschoice.com/#!/home/all/79/2

    Earlier this month, STR Host Elena delivered her beautiful baby boy!  So for obvious reasons, she won't be with us tonight. We all hope she is getting some well deserved rest and is sleeping while her sweet baby sleeps. We're certain she's enjoying her OWN "Cool Boys" tonight!

    Photo credit/copyright: Disney | ABC | ABC Studios

    Castle Promo credit/copyright: Disney | ABC | ABC Studios


  • 01:57

    STR #221 09/22/15 S8e01 "XY" Recap

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    What a fun weekend for Stana fans who saw her throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball game Friday night and then we understand she attended the Stanford vs USC College Football game on Saturday. Then last night we all were happy to see her portraying the newly promoted Captain Katherine Beckett in the Season 8 Premiere of #Castle on ABC.

    After the latest news, the STR Round Table has some thought provoking questions for you to consider. Here they are in advance so you can be thinking about your responses:


    You can call STR during the live show at 347.857.4368 or press the blue Skype icon if you are an international live listener. In both cases, you must press the "1" to be added into the queue. Hope you can join us.

    Photo source/copyright/credit: Disney/ABC Studios, Jill Weisler of the LosAngeles Dodgers, LLC

    Audio source/copyright/credit: Disney/ABC Studios, youtube Dodgers pre-game

  • 01:46

    STR #220 09/15/15 Spoil Me STR! 100% Castle Spoilers

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    SPOILER ALERT!  There, we said it. You will be some-what spoiled if you listen to tonight's entire show, live or in archives. It you don’t want to be spoiled regarding the first couple of episodes of the 8th Season of Castle, please stop listening right after the latest news and maybe listen to it in a couple of weeks in archives and laugh right along with us when we get most of it wrong. Plus, we'd love to hear what you think next Tuesday night about the Season 8 Premiere episode. 


    Please, please, please WATCH the Castle Season 8 Premiere on Monday night at 10|9c on ABC. 


    Tonight’s show will have an STR Round Table discussion if you care to talk spoilers and about what YOU think might be happening in the first couple of episodes.


    NOTE: If you have already watched the 801 screener from ABC already or have been to filming and know exactly what is going to happen, please do not over-share [thank you in advance]. What’s great about spoiler photos and most teases by the cast and crew is that it makes you want to see the episode even more.


    Season 8 is finally almost here!! 



    Photo source/copyright/credit: Disney/ABC/ABC Studios, Season 8 Premiere

    LA Opera's 30th Anniversary by Paul Redmond, gettyImages and [Georgie Eisdell's via Stana Katic Instagram] 


  • 00:36

    STR #219 09/01/15 Finally September!! Latest News and Announcements

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    September 1st!! A day fans of the television show #Castle and every Stana fan has been waiting patiently for all summer long – the Season 6 Castle DVDs are now available by ABC|Disney.  Plus, #SFF2016 tickets are on SALE!! September is off to a great start.

    To learn more about #SFF2016 please go to our website www.stanatalkradio.com. We hope to see you in February!

    Tonight’s STR is the latest news and updates for SFF2016 – hope you can listen in.

    Photo source/copyright/credit: Getty Images - "Hand of God" Premiere August 19, 2015 |  

    Castle Season 7 DVD graphic art, Disney, ABC Studios/Network | ‘The Tourist’ – Brett Dalton and Stana Katic twitter | ‘The Rendezvous’ – Getty Images | ‘Sister Cities’ – SisterCities.com

  • 02:25

    STR #223 10/06/15 S8e03 "PhDead" Recap

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    Who would have thought we'd be seeing "I Love Lucy" on our timelines for our favorite TV show #Castle? No, it's not a Beckett Replacement. But definitely is giving the "Clark Kent"-ish looking Rick some "food for thought" on his own musings.

    Hopefully, you watched last night's episode of Castle Season 8, "PhDead" 803 - Written by Chad Gomez Creasey and Directed by Executive Producer Rob Bowman and YOU can join us in tonight's STR Round Table.

    Season 8 has been some-what of a polarizing Castle Season to many fans and some are still wrapping our minds around the Character-Shake-Ups we’ve “experienced” with them and yet, VERY curious as to where the new Show Runners, Winter/Haley, are taking us all in this new direction for our favorites.

               Here are Elena’s questions for you to review before tonight's discussion begins:



    Photo copyright/credit: Castle "PhDead", Disney/ABC/ABC Studios



  • 00:57

    When a Mom's Caregiver SUDDENLY Needs a Caregiver Herself, Karla Jepson's Story

    in Caregiving

    Join Dave, The Caregiver's Caregiver, as he interviews Tereza Harper & Hana Eicher, the two sisters of Karla Jepson, caregiver to her mom for over a year, that is, until she had a massive aneurysm that left her with severe short-term memory loss and paralysis on her left side. Now her sisters have become not only their mom's caregiver, but Karla’s as well. They will talk about their ordeal, and how they learned how burnout and stress can be disabling, as it was for Karla.

    Back in 1979, their family all escaped from Communist Czechoslovakia. Karla's family stayed in a refugee camp in Austria for 5 months and came to California where they settled with the help of the parents' friends. None of them spoke any English when they first came.

    Tereza & Hana are both in the health care industry; Karla was a purchasing director at a private school in Calabasas. They each have wonderful children. Hana has a 16 year daughter, Sarah, Karla has a 17 year old son Jake, and Tereza has two daughters, 6 year old Stana, and 4 year old Lenka.

    Their dad passed away four years ago, and their mom hurt her lower spine taking care of him in his last two years of life.

    They believe the reason they are able to get through all of this hardship is that they were always a very close knit family. It is very difficult for them now to watch their Mom and sister become just a shell of their former selves. They grieve for them, and yet they are still with them.