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ILYSM Ep. 51: Richard Garriott’s life of adventure (real + virtual) and Melissa Radke’s brave year

On a new episode of Austin360’s “I Love You So Much” podcast, we welcome Richard Garriott, Austin’s legendary creator of online virtual worlds and real-life adventurer. He’s been to space, he’s been to the Titanic, and he even hit the North Pole recently with his kids. But he’s best known for designing role-playing video games such as “Ultima: Online” and his latest, “Shroud of the Avatar,” which launched out of Austin in March. He tells us what real-life adventures make it into his games and what it’s been like for Lord British to embrace fatherhood.

"I Love You So Much" co-host Addie Broyles (left) and Melissa Radke, author of "Eat Cake, Be Brave." (David Radke / Contributed)

Texan Melissa Radke has amassed millions of YouTube fans for her tell-all videos on parenting fails, marriage, and upside-down French braiding - now, she has a book! “Eat Cake. Be Brave” just released, and details how, at age 41, she made a decision to live a radically braver life. In her podcast segment, she talks to us how she processed the guilt that sometimes accompanies motherhood online, with thousands of people watching.

In a Webb Report, American-Statesman social media editor Eric Webb tackles a pesky problem: skeeters! In a callout to readers, we asked for home remedies to repel mosquitoes and to deal with ‘squito bites. He tells us what some of those homeopathic ideas were and whether we think they’re very effective.

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And don’t forget: the podcast is celebrating a one-year anniversary with a happy hour, and you’re invited! It’s coming Aug. 1 at Indian Roller, 10006 Manchaca Road. The party starts at 6:30 p.m, and it’s free to get in. Check out the happy hour post for more info.

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