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DB2'S GOT TALENT - Contestant Confidentiality Update

If you are a contestant or are considering becoming a contestant, please be aware that you will be introduced by your first name and country of origin only. You may share additional contact details at your discretion. Full names, companies, and countries of origin for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced on 8 April 2011. Please refer to DB2'S GOT TALENT Contest Details for more information.
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DB2's GOT TALENT Contest - Now open to both z/OS and LUW!!!

Breaking news! After coordinating efforts with IBM and IDUG, The DB2's GOT TALENT contest is now open to both DB2 z/OS and DB2 LUW professionals! We've also relaxed the eligibility rules a bit, and even offered some suggested topics. Visit The DB2Night Show site to learn more!
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The DB2Night Show #38: DB2 LUW MDC Tables in the Real World

DB2 LUW MDC Tables in the Real World

In episode #38, special guests Susan Gausden and Terry Mason, both IBM DB2 GOLD Consultants, gave us a deep dive on what they've learned about using MDC tables with their clients. SQL commands were offered to help with analysis, as well as many tips, tricks, and recommendations. Watch the replay and learn...

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The DB2Night Show #37: DB2 LUW MDC Tables - Tech Details with IBM Guests

The Inside Scoop on DB2 LUW MDC Tables

IBM Guests Paul Z and Pate Bates Reveal How MDC Works, Best Practices, and Success Stories

In episode #37, special IBM guests Paul Zikopoulos and Pat Bates talked about how MDC tables work, some design best practices, and shared some impressive customer success stories. If you have a Data Warehouse database, this show is a "Must See". If you have an OLTP database, there are situations where MDC can make you a performance rock star. Watch this replay and learn!

On 21 January 2011, The DB2Night Show™ will take another look at MDC tables with "MDC Tables in The Real World". Our guests include IBM DB2 GOLD Consultants from the UK.

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The 2010 Top 20 Downloads of The DB2Night Show

The DB2Night Show Logo The DB2Night Show™ is pleased to announce our Top 20 Downloaded Shows for 2010. Rankings are based upon the number of show downloads. Overall, there were 43,893 Episodes downloaded during 2010. This ranking is different from the previous Top 10 Shows by Audience Attendance. We've also announced the DB2's GOT TALENT Contest with nearly $5,000 USD in prizes!
And the Top 20 downloaded shows are...

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The 2010 Top 10 Episodes of The DB2Night Show

The DB2Night Show Logo The DB2Night Show™ is pleased to announce our Top 10 Shows for 2010. Rankings are based upon Studio Audience Attendance. We've also announced the DB2's GOT TALENT Contest with nearly $5,000 USD in prizes!
And the Top 10 shows are...

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The DB2Night Show #36: Comparing Database High Availability Solutions

Special guest Klaas Brant, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant

Which solution is best? DB2 pureScale, Oracle RAC, or SQL Server Clusters?

In episode #36, special guest Klaas Brant, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant and owner KBCE b.v., shared with us his expertise on database high availability solutions. High Availability was defined and discussed, then Klaas took us on a deep dive into DB2 9.8 pureScale, Oracle RAC, and SQL Server Clusters. His animated slides did a brilliant job of illustrating how these technologies work. In the end, Klaas convinced me of pureScale's superiority and exposed the scalability flaws of RAC.

Watch the replay of Episode #36 to see for yourself how these database high availability solutions work and learn which may be ideal for your circumstances...

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The DB2Night Show #35: One Company's Journey into The Cloud

Special guest Pierce Wetter, PACE Anti-Piracy

Cost savings in the DB2 Cloud? Performance?

In episode #35, special guest Pierce Wetter, Director Web Services with PACE Anti-Piracy, shared with us his company's experiences with DB2 in the Cloud. Pierce did a brilliant job of discussing PACE's motivations, considerations, and experiences. The cost information he shared was very interesting, and so, too, were the performance results of his Cyber Monday testing on Amazon.

Watch the replay of Episode #35 to learn from the experiences of one company that is blazing a trail in the DB2 Cloud...

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The DB2Night Show #34: What's NEW and COOL with DB2 and FREE TOOLS!

Special guest George Baklarz, IBM, Receives RAVE Reviews

FREE TOOLS??? Did someone say FREE TOOLS???

In episode #34, special guest George Baklarz, IBM Toronto Lab, shared with us a demonstration of some very cool (and free) tools that can be used to estimate DB2 compression results, simulate DB2 pureScale operation, and learn about the plethora of DB2 features and capabilities. He also shared a few tips and used his crystal ball to gaze into the future of DB2. Not only are we making the REPLAY available, but you can also DOWNLOAD and RUN the FREE DB2 TOOLS!!!

So, watch, learn, download, play, test, evaluate, and learn some more here...

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The DB2Night Show #33: 2nd Annual SQL Snapshot Potluck Party

Useful SQL Snapshots and Catalog Queries

Learn how DBAs in Croatia, France, and USA use SQL Snaps

In episode #33, Scott Hayes hosted The DB2Night Show's 2nd Annual SQL Snapshot Potluck Party. Members of the DB2 LUW community were invited to share their favorite SQL Snapshot commands that help them do their jobs well. Contributors will be receiving electronic copies of all SQL Snapshot commands submitted. Watch this episode and learn how your DB2 LUW peers:

  • "find log hogs and PIDs"
  • "monitor space utilization"
  • "learn intimate details about tables"
  • "monitor and resolve locks"
  • "avoid running reorgchk"
  • "find indexes that are harmful to ETL performance, cause lock problems, and burn up excessive CPU"
Also be sure to check out future scheduled episodes at www.DB2NightShow.com!

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The DB2Night Show #32: SAP on DB2 LUW - Lessons Learned with Martin Hubel

Tuning DB2 LUW for SAP and Lessons Learned

IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant Martin Hubel shares Lessons Learned and Tips...

In episode #32, special guest Martin Hubel, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant and Owner MHC Inc., talked about a successful SAP implementation on DB2 LUW at The Wasserstrom Company. Martin shared valuable tips and lessons learned, and some of the tips apply to any OLTP application database. Watch and learn...

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The DB2Night Show #31: Valuable SQL Lessons Learned with Sheryl Larsen

DB2 SQL Valuable Lessons Learned - Cross Platform

IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant Sheryl Larsen shares DIRTY LAUNDRY ...

In episode #31, special guest Sheryl Larsen, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant and Owner www.SMLSQL.com, aired her dirty laundry! Well, her client's dirty laundry that is! In this informative episode, Sheryl examined SQL performance lessons learned from recent consulting engagements with clients. The SQL information provided applies to DB2 z/OS and LUW! Learn about indexes, stages, sargability, and so much more! Watch the replay to learn from her wisdom...

We'd also like to bring to your attention some upcoming shows:

  • OCT 15 - DB2 LUW Performance Tuning Lessons Learned with special guest Martin Hubel, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant. Really - you don't want to miss this - even if you don't have SAP!
  • NOV 5 - The SQL Snapshot Potluck Party is BACK! Share your favorite SQL Snapshot command and receive the source code for the entire collection!
  • NOV 19 - What's new and COOL with DB2 LUW with guest George Baklarz, IBM
For show details, free registrations, and replays, kindly visit www.DB2NightShow.com

Finally, also on 21 January 2011 at 2pm Central, DBI is offering a free Webinar "TEN SQL Snapshot commands you MUST run TODAY!" - this is a derivative work of Scott Hayes' IDUG Regional technical session. Attendees will receive the SOURCE CODE for these invaluable commands. DETAILS and REGISTRATION.

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The DB2Night Show Special Edition: DB2 LUW Challenges, Solutions, and Tips

DB2 LUW Challenges, Solutions, and Tips

DB2 Reality TV - Interviews with DB2 LUW Experts...

In this Special Edition of The DB2Night Show, DBI "interviewed" three top candidates for an open Software Consultant Engineer position and asked each professional to describe a DB2 challenge they faced, how they conquered it, and to offer a quick DB2 LUW tip to our audience. Some of the lessons learned covered SQL performance analysis, speeding up data warehouse loads to meet SLAs, and monitoring HADR. Tips covered DB2 optimization levels, DB2 security, and more.

Our studio audience "voted" on the candidates, and there was a clear front runner. However, in this recorded replay, we edited the video to remove the voting results. We suggest you watch this replay yourself, learn from the experiences of your peers, and draw your own conclusions. Watch the replay and learn from real DB2 LUW users...

In consideration of their participation, each of our expert candidates will be receiving $100 Amazon.com gift certificates. And, to thank everyone in our studio audience for their time and their valuable opinions (via the poll voting and exit survey), everyone in our studio audience that voted will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate. Yes, we know, we had promised $5 certificates, but at DBI we try real hard to exceed expectations.

We'd also like to bring to your attention our upcoming shows:

  • OCT 8 - The DB2Night Show goes "Cross Platform" with special guest Sheryl Larsen. Sheryl will share SQL performance lessons learned from recent consulting engagements and offer tips for both DB2 z/OS and LUW!
  • OCT 15 - DB2 LUW Performance Tuning Lessons Learned with special guest Martin Hubel, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant. Really - you don't want to miss this - even if you don't have SAP!
  • NOV 5 - The SQL Snapshot Potluck Party is BACK! Share your favorite SQL Snapshot command and receive the source code for the entire collection!
  • NOV 19 - What's new and COOL with DB2 LUW with guest George Baklarz, IBM
For show details, free registrations, and replays, kindly visit www.DB2NightShow.com

Finally, also on October 8th at 2pm Central, DBI is offering a free Webinar "TEN SQL Snapshot commands you MUST run TODAY!" - this is a derivative work of Scott Hayes' IDUG Regional technical session. Attendees will receive the SOURCE CODE for these invaluable commands. DETAILS and REGISTRATION.

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The DB2Night Show #30: The Las Vegas Approach to DB2 LUW Security

DB2 LUW Security Tips and Best Practices

Beat the odds with these simple steps...

In episode #30, special guest Rebecca Bond, CISSP, published author, and independent DB2 Security consultant shared with us some simple steps, sample SQL commands, tips, and best practices for securing your organization's DB2 LUW data assets. Watch the replay to learn from her wisdom...

We'd also like to bring to your attention our upcoming shows:

  • OCT 8 - The DB2Night Show goes "Cross Platform" with special guest Sheryl Larsen. Sheryl will share SQL performance lessons learned from recent consulting engagements and offer tips for both DB2 z/OS and LUW!
  • OCT 15 - DB2 LUW Performance Tuning Lessons Learned with special guest Martin Hubel, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant. Really - you don't want to miss this - even if you don't have SAP!
  • NOV 5 - The SQL Snapshot Potluck Party is BACK! Share your favorite SQL Snapshot command and receive the source code for the entire collection!
  • NOV 19 - What's new and COOL with DB2 LUW with guest George Baklarz, IBM
For show details, free registrations, and replays, kindly visit www.DB2NightShow.com

Finally, also on October 8th at 2pm Central, DBI is offering a free Webinar "TEN SQL Snapshot commands you MUST run TODAY!" - this is a derivative work of Scott Hayes' IDUG Regional technical session. Attendees will receive the SOURCE CODE for these invaluable commands. DETAILS and REGISTRATION.

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Move over American Idols - This is DB2 REALITY TV!

SPECIAL EDITION - 1 October 2010, 12PM CENTRAL

During this special edition of The DB2Night Show™, DBI will be interviewing our top candidates for our open Software Consultant Engineer position (see http://www.dbisoftware.com/careers.php for details). Each candidate will be given 8 minutes to describe a DB2 LUW challenge they faced and how they conquered it, 1 minute to offer a quick DB2 tip, and 1 minute to "make their case" for why they are our best candidate!

Studio Audience members will get to vote on our candidates! Your votes will influence DBI's selection committee (but the final decision rests with DBI), determine the prize that each of our candidates will win, AND... AND... AND... everyone in our studio audience that participates in candidate voting will earn a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate (limited to the first 100 attendees that arrive) in appreciation of your involvement!

THIS IS REALITY TV.

HEAR HOW YOUR PEERS HAVE SOLVED DB2 CHALLENGES AND LEARN VALUABLE TIPS! AND HELP DBI CHOOSE ITS NEXT TEAM MEMBER! Please join us if you can!

Details and registration:
www.DB2NightShow.com

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The DB2Night Show #29: DB2 LUW High Availability and Recovery Planning

DB2 LUW High Availability and Recovery Planning

Failure to plan is planning to fail...

In episode #29, special IBM guests Kate Kurtz and Dale McInnis shared with us information on high availability and recovery planning; their focus was on data warehouse databases, InfoSphere, DPF, and the like. They offered several valuable tips and best practices. Watch the replay to learn from their wisdom...

We'd also like to bring to your attention our upcoming shows:

  • OCT 1 - The Las Vegas Approach to DB2 LUW Security with guest Rebecca Bond, CISSP, and author of Understanding DB2 9 Security!
  • OCT 8 - The DB2Night Show goes "Cross Platform" with special guest Sheryl Larsen. Sheryl will share SQL performance lessons learned from recent consulting engagements and offer tips for both DB2 z/OS and LUW!
  • OCT 15 - DB2 LUW Performance Tuning Lessons Learned with special guest Martin Hubel, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant. Really - you don't want to miss this - even if you don't have SAP!
  • NOV 5 - The SQL Snapshot Potluck Party is BACK! Share your favorite SQL Snapshot command and receive the source code for the entire collection!
  • NOV 19 - What's new and COOL with DB2 LUW with guest George Baklarz, IBM
For show details, free registrations, and replays, kindly visit www.DB2NightShow.com

Finally, also on October 8th at 2pm Central, DBI is offering a free Webinar "TEN SQL Snapshot commands you MUST run TODAY!" - this is a derivative work of Scott Hayes' IDUG Regional technical session. Attendees will receive the SOURCE CODE for these invaluable commands. DETAILS and REGISTRATION.

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The DB2Night Show #28: DB2 LUW Range Partition Tables, Mike Winer, IBM STSM

DB2 LUW Range Partitioning Tables - The Important Stuff

Emphasis on DB2 9.7 Updates

In episode #28, special guest Mike Winer, IBM STSM & DB2 Kernel Architect, shared with us the latest news and enhancements for Range Partitioned Tables in DB2 9.7. Mike specifically discussed Partitioned Indexes and their many benefits, impacts on DB2 logging, high availability during DETACH, and REORG implications and improvements. Watch this replay and see what you missed, or watch it again for review...

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The DB2Night Show #27: DB2 in the Cloud - Tech Details - Part 2

DB2 LUW in the Cloud - Technical Details - Part 2

Your DB2 is in the Cloud, but where?

In episode #27, special IBM guest Mark Wilding, STSM & DB2 Cloud Architect, covered many technical details and considerations for running DB2 in the Cloud. This show was Part 2 of a 2 part series. In part 2, Mark shared with us performance and security considerations, storage configurations and models, and other tips to optimize success with DB2 in your Cloud. As with Part 1, studio audience members rated this episode very highly. Watch this replay and see what you missed, or watch it again for review...

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The DB2Night Show #26: DB2 in the Cloud - Tech Details - Part 1

DB2 LUW in the Cloud - Technical Details - Part 1

Your DB2 is in the Cloud, but where?

In episode #26, special IBM guest Mark Wilding, STSM & DB2 Cloud Architect, gave an an outstanding technical overview of DB2 in the Cloud. This show was Part 1 of a 2 part series. In part 1, Mark shared with us different "tiers" or "levels" of participating in an IT cloud and many of the motivating factors driving advancement through levels in clouds. Studio Audience participants rated this episode extremely high, and a few people commented "this was the best show ever!". Watch this replay and see what you missed, or watch it again for review...

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The DB2Night Show #25: Comparing DB2 LUW & Oracle Autonomics

Comparing DB2 LUW and Oracle Autonomics

Seems like comparing a Porche and a bicycle to me

In episode #25, special IBM guest Burt Vialpando gave an an outstanding technical overview comparing DB2 LUW and Oracle autonomics. He covered automatic memory tuning, automatic configration, automatic storage management, automated utilities, and much more. When you look at the autonomic capabilities of these databases side by side, I think you will vividly see DB2 LUW's leadership position. And, in addition to the database comparison, you will also find some good tips and best practices in this show...

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The DB2Night Show #24: DB2 LUW Oracle and Sybase Enablements

Season #2 Kickoff!

DB2 LUW aims for WORLD DATABASE DOMINATION!

In episode #24, special IBM guests Serge Rielau and Dwaine Snow brought us up to speed on the latest news regarding Oracle and Sybase enablements for DB2 LUW. Find out what is new in DB2 9.7 fixpack 2, fixpack 3, and even get some hints into the future! Watch this episode and learn about FREE tools, hear success stories, and get some great tips...

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The DB2Night Show #23: DB2 LUW Storage I/O Optimization

In our 23rd show, we were joined by special guests Berni Schiefer and Robin Grosman from the IBM Toronto Lab. Berni and Robin shared several tips, techniques, and best I/O practices during this show including the use of Solid State Disk (SSD), registry variables, and much more.

This show was also our Season 1 Finale and we offered an extra large Home Depot Gift Certificate prize to some lucky winner who completed the survey afterward - who won? Keep reading...

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The DB2Night Show #22: Comparing Oracle and DB2 LUW, Burt Vialpando

In our 22nd show, we were joined by special guest Burt Vialpando, IBM, from the Software Migration Project Office. You might think that a DB2 LUW and Oracle comparison by an IBM presenter would be a "hard sell" by IBM, but, to the contrary, Burt did an outstanding and "fair" job of looking at architecture and administration of these industry leading databases. True, Burt highlighted some "DB2 advantages", but 95% of his talk was a simple and straight forward side-by-side comparison. Studio Audience members rated this show very highly - watch the replay and find out why!

Also, today was a lucky day for EVERYONE in our Studio Audience. For participants that arrived on time, early in our show we provided special instructions to type "AMAZON.COM" in one of the survey response boxes. Everyone who followed the instructions correctly is winning a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate! DB2 LUW and The DB2Night Show are both rewarding! Punctuality is also a virtue!

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The DB2Night Show #21: DB2 LUW Locking with Mike Winer, IBM STSM

In our 21st show, we were joined by special guest Mike Winer, IBM STSM, from the Toronto Lab. We ran a special 90 minute show so that Mike could cover his entire IDUG presentation on Locking. This guy is the LOCK MASTER! Mike covered types of DB2 LUW locks, lock memory, lock isolation levels, locking related registry variables (and you need to pay attention to these! ), DB2 9.7 Currently Committed, SQL options for locking, lock avoidance (the new standard! ), lock escalation, timeouts, and deadlocks, and how to monitor locking!

I'd also like to apologize to Mike and our audience. I have multiple computers, microphones, speakers, and headsets going when we produce these shows and I made a goof. The volume was turned down all the way on my headset in the beginning so I couldn't hear Mike speaking and I thought he'd gone for coffee, but, of course, he was there and freaking out because he thought the audience couldn't hear them. You all could hear him, but I couldn't. I chock this up to my most embarrassing show moment in 21 shows and I'm sorry for this goof. I'll try to do better in the future.

With all this said, pop yourself some popcorn and WATCH THIS SHOW...

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The DB2Night Show #20: DB2 LUW REDISTRIBUTE with Ergin Babani, IBM

In our 20th show, we were joined by special guest Ergin Babani, IBM Developer, Continuing Engineering Team. Ergin shared with us tips and best practices for using DB2 REDISTRIBUTE. During our lively Q&A session, we were joined by Katherine Kurtz, IBM, on the IBM Smart Analytics Systems Best Practices team. Learn more about DB2 REDISTRIBUTE best practices...

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The DB2Night Show #19: Making it BIG in Software, Sam Lightstone, Author

In our 19th show, we were joined by special guest Sam Lightstone, IBM STSM. Sam is the author of a new book "Making it BIG in Software". During this show, Sam shared some excellent advice with us on how to advance our careers. Frankly, I think it was some of the best advice I've heard in years. Check out the 5 great ideas that Sam shared and start earning bigger paychecks... icon_biggrin

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The DB2Night Show #18: The Top 10 DB2 LUW Mistakes People Make, Klaas Brant

In our 18th show, Klaas Brant, IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant and Owner KBCE, Netherlands, shared with us his Top 10 DB2 LUW Mistakes that People Make. I think it was one of our best shows ever! The discussion was lively, and many tips were shared during the conversation! Are you making any of the Top 10 Mistakes? Watch this episode and find out... icon_biggrin

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The DB2Night Show #17: DB2 LUW Performance Updates, Berni Schiefer, IBM

In our 17th show, Berni Schiefer, IBM DE, Toronto Lab, shared with us the latest news on DB2 LUW Performance achievements and some best practices. DB2 is still winning TPC benchmarks! Berni's talk is peppered with assorted hints, tips, and best practices. What are his favorite DB2 9.7 features? Watch and learn...

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The DB2Night Show #16: Autonomic Memory & STMM Updates, Adam Storm, IBM

In our 16th show, we talked about DB2 LUW Autonomic Memory and the Self Tuning Memory Manager (STMM). Our special guest was Adam Storm, Software Developer, DB2 Kernel Development, from the IBM Toronto Lab. Adam did a great job on updating us about Autonomic Memory and STMM, and he fielded some excellent questions too. Watch and listen...

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The DB2Night Show #15: DB2 9.7 Online Table Moves with Ergin Babani, IBM

In our 15th show, we talked about the new Online Table Move capability in DB2 9.7. Our special guest was Ergin Babani, DB2 LUW Continuing Engineering, from the IBM Toronto Lab. Despite recovering from a cold and having a sore throat, Ergin did a fantastic job for us on covering the options and features of this new capability, along with some insights, tips, and best practices. Of particular note, we hit a new record for studio audience questions - there were a lot of really good questions that you'll want to hear the answers to...

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