On Mic with Jordan Rich

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“THE ART AND BUSINESS OF VOICE-OVER AND MORE”

In “On Mic with Jordan Rich,” Jordan discusses the art and business of voice-over as well as all of the performing arts.  He invites you to listen in to conversations with voice-over artists, broadcasters, actors, directors , musicians and authors. 

Learn first hand about the voice-over industry, film-making, acting and announcing.   

Jordan has been a voice-over artist for nearly four decades. He has been featured on thousands of commercials and narrations for many well known clients, including The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, Sullivan Tire, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Broadway in Boston, Fidelity Investments, Boston Scientific, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and countless others. He has also had a long and fruitful on-air radio career in Boston on such popular stations as WRKO and WSSH. For the last twenty plus years, he has worked on air at news and talk leader WBZ.

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On today’s episode we meet the author of one of the most explosive thrillers of the year. Andrew Bridgeman has penned a suspenseful book entitled, “Fortunate Son,” which will have you reading well into the night. It’s a story of a vast conspiracy on the part of a powerful, secretive cult intent on overthrowing the American government.   There are surprises around every corner as Bridgeman has crafted  a novel centered around a rookie FBI agent, our heroine, who is certain to return in future novels!
 
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Meet Claire Berger, one very funny and thoughtful lady.   
 
For over four decades, Claire Berger has been earning a living as a comedian, improv actor, speaker and writer. She began her career in Chicago with The Second City and found big laughs in Los Angeles, earning acclaim as a warm-up comedian on over sixty five of your favorite sitcoms, including Seinfeld. She is the author of a brand new memoir called, “How Much is Enough? Getting More by Living With Less.” Her innovative mashup of memoir and self-help genres invites audiences to join her in the search of Enough in all aspects of our lives. You will smile a lot along the way!
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Today’s guest is a neighbor of mine in Boston who has as family name known to thousands of sports fans. Greg Agganis is a relative of the late Harry Agganis, “The Golden Greek,”  a star college football player and a promising first baseman for the Boston Red Sox in the mid 1950’s. Harry’s life was tragically cut short in his mid-twenties. This revered player was beloved and upon his death was mourned nationwide, sadly  robbed of a long life and surely a Hall of Fame future. Greg and the Agganis family honor Harry through the work of The Agganis Foundation, named for the legendary athlete from Lynn Classical High, Boston University and the Red Sox. The Foundation’s mission is simple: to provide college scholarships to deserving student-athletes.
 
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Meet “Warrior Monk” Krishna Thapa whose life is a testament to service and resilience.  Raised in the Nepal Himalaya beneath Annapurna, he joined the British Gurkha at 19, later becoming the first to pass selection from the Royal Gurkha Rifles ( RGR)  into the vaunted British SAS (Special Air Service).   With 26 years of front-line service in Afghanistan and Iraq, Thapa’s roles included mountain specialist and mental health advocate.  He’s climbed Mt. Everest and K-2 and holds the Guiness World Record for leading the largest group to ever summit Mt. Everest.  His path inspires people and organizations all over the world, promoting courage, control and connection.  Enjoy my conversation with this extraordinary man of service!
 
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It’s a joy to welcome long time friend Jenny Lynn Metevia to the podcast.  Jenny is a  beloved spiritual teacher and clairvoyant who since childhood has had the “second sight. “ She continues to nurture her relationship with the spirit world fulfilling her mission to “help the children of the stars.”   We will talk about past lives, signs and symbols from the other side and Jenny’s belief in the healing power of The Universe.  Get ready for a fascinating conversation!
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Luaren Birmingham, who brings people to Italy in fine fashion with https://www.cooking-vacations.com/, has written a beautiful “espresso” table book destined to become a classic. Join us as we talk with her about “It’s a Dream Place: Stories and Recipes of Food, Love and the Amalfi Coast.” Beautiful photographs, recipes and heartwarming family stories set in a magical place!
 
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I have invited my good friend Bill Powers back to the show to discuss key elements of the First Amendment, a newsworthy topic considering current national and world events.  Bill is a retired Massachusetts State Police Officer with a stellar career in law enforcement.  He’s the author of several books and hosts his own podcast highlighting celebrated investigations, police procedure and other aspects of criminal justice. Find out more at www.powersonpolicing.com.
 
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If it is motivation you’re seeking, look no further than today’s guest. He’s Nick Klingensmith, author of the memoir, “Through the Fire: The Story of the 4-Time Cancer Survivor, Type-1 Diabetic, and Recovering Alcoholic Who Became an Obstacle Course Racer and Defied It All.” Nick shares his incredible story of success as a Spartan, overcoming daunting physical and  mental challenges. He is an in-demand advocate for pushing forward and never giving up. Check out www.stridemotivation.com!
 
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Ann Marie Sabath is a multi-talented communicator and writer. Her latest project is a book that explains money and investing in easy to understand language  entitled, “The Wannabe Investor: 40 Must-Know Facts Before Buying Your First Stock.” Prepare to learn a lot and get excited about investing with our dynamic guest!
 
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Meet Glenn Cort, author of “Letters to Mikey: Messages of Hope and Optimism.” We tell the story  of a concerned loving parent who crafted a birthday letter to his son that evolved into an inspiring book. Glenn offers insight into what drove him to seek out, fully research and reintroduce the wisdom of leading historical figures, from the ancient philosophers to our Founding Fathers to bold leaders of today, all of whose ideas about life have set the framework for a thriving civilization. Glenn believes, and many agree,  that today’s generation of young people are adrift, desperately searching for hope, optimism and direction.   
 
“Letters to Mikey” is one man’s mission to help his son and all children make sense of our world and better navigate the future!
 
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It is always great to welcome back an old friend who loves movies as much as he does. Lon Davis returns to talk about his latest book, ‘Stumbling Into Film History,” a look back at his teenage years when he was lucky enough to meet and befriend many legends of the silent screen. Lon recalls time spent with actors, most of whom the current generation is in the dark about. Well, thanks to our friendly film historian Lon Davis who recounts stories of Hollywood in its infancy, these early stars jump off the page and  come back  to life. And for movie lovers, their stories will certainly strike a chord! 
 
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About one million Americans are currently living with Parkinson’s disease.  It is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease.
Nearly 90,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year and in 2023, I  joined the ranks with my own PD diagnosis.   With April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month, I thought it right  to present an informative and inspiring podcast about Parkinson’s  impact, the research and progress in the search for better treatments, and the attention to lifestyle changes ( nutrition, sleep and most importantly exercise) that can mitigate symptoms and lead to a more full and active life.  My guests include Cathi Thomas, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at the Boston University Medical Campus and Brett Miller, founder of 110 Fitness Center in Rockland, Massachusetts.  110 Fitness is the first of its kind inclusive wellness center for individuals afflicted with Parkinson’s and other developmental or physical disability. Brett leads us in Rock Steady Boxing, a proven athletic therapy for PD, but there is a lot more to learn about what he and his team are doing to help the community.
 
As always I wish you the very best and remember to be well, so you can do good! – JR

https://www.bumc.bu.edu/parkinsonsdisease/
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I’m so happy to welcome Mike Christian, who has brought his radio show What’s @ Risk back to the airwaves in Boston.  Mike has also launched a podcast as well.
 
He has a successful background in insurance and risk management with deep experience that  allows him to delve into array of current social, economic, environmental, cultural and business topics in this uncertain time in the world.  Mike also believes strongly in giving back.  He and his wife founded the Someone Else’s Child Foundation, which addresses disparities by connecting young people with opportunities to help them live, learn, grow and engage as contributing members of their community.   
www.someoneelseschild.org
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Dr. Elizabeth Comen, MD, is a highly esteemed oncologist and medical historian empowering women to lead healthy and joyful lives. She presents a fascinating history and examination of women’s health as it’s never been told before in her groundbreaking book, “All in Her Head: The Truth and Lies Medicine Taught Us About Women’s Bodies and Why It Matters Today.” It is an honor to share this important research with my audience!
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Meet independent film maker Raouf Zaki who writes, produces and directs meaningful, inspiring films that help bridge the gap between cultures. He is an award winning filmmaker whose work makes audiences think as it opens their hearts. His latest is entitled, “Dream,” having its world premiere at the Maynard Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, Massachusetts on April 14, 2024. https://www.maynardfineartstheatre.com/events/
 
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Melissa Fetter had a dream to build a classic stand-alone bookstore in the heart of downtown Boston. The Pandemic didn’t stop her, neither did the naysayers who said bookstores are a thing of the past. Beacon Hill Books is thriving, attracting scores of readers weekly. It’s a success story we are thrilled to share!
 
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Battling Antisemitism

 
Today’s episode deals with the alarming rise of virulent antisemitism across the world and here at home, much of it in the U.S. unfolding in our classrooms and on college campuses. We take a close look at antisemitism as it is currently unfolding, the role social media plays in spreading lies and hate, the moral equivalency argument many in academia and government are making during current Israeli-Hama war, why antisemitism has had a resurgence particularly among younger demographics and positive ways to address the issue. We have two outstanding guests joining us. Scholar-Warrior Dr. Rachel Fish co-founded the nonprofit Boundless organization boundlessisrael.org, a think-action tank partnering with community leaders across North America to revitalize Israel education and take bold collective action to combat Jew-hatred. Robin Friedman is a co-founder of Tribe Talk www.tribetalk.org. Tribe Talk provides resources for high school seniors so they can research and compare Jewish life on multiple college campuses. Tribe Talk also provides critical resources and support for Jewish students encountering discrimination and antisemitism.
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Brad Fawley is a first time novelist whose debut novel “The Frontrunner” is terrific! It’s the story of Russ Clayton, a distance runner who craves the secret to transcending pain. He teams up with a renegade running coach to take on the hardest challenge, both on and off the running track, in his young life. A human story of endurance and hope, this is novel that is sure to take hold.
 
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Join us for a fascinating chat with one of the best music critics and interviewers in the business. Meet Jim Sullivan who has written for the Boston Globe and other prestigious publications. He’s gifted us with some of his best encounters with musical icons in “Backstage and Beyond: 45 Years of Classic Rock Chats and Rants,” Volumes 1 and 2. From Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Pete Townsend, Tina Turner and David Bowie to The Cars, The Ramones, U2, Leonard Cohen and more. Jim is a fabulous writer and one great storyteller as you’re about to discover!
 
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Beginners and professionals train with a champion! When it comes to boxing no one knows “the game”  better than Dave Sullivan. Trained by the legendary Eddie Futch, Dave has a long record of hard fought wins and titles. Now, he gives back as a teacher and mentor to people of all ages and abilities. Join us as we talk pugilism and more with this dynamic gentleman of the ring!
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Good friend Jimmy Tingle is a popular standup comic, actor, writer, producer and political satirist. From his work in comedy clubs to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to 60 Minutes 2, Jimmy has been a consistent presence on the national scene, bringing laughter and joy to millions.  He has the rare distinction of winning Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” awards in two different categories-as a performer in the “stand-up comedy” category and the venue he founded and served as artistic director- producer Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY, was named “best alternative theater” in 2007. He also founded a successful social enterprise entitled Humor for Humanity. As he says,  “Our mission is to use comedy, commentary and conversation through social media, radio, television and live events to raise spirits, funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes. Our Mission is Their Mission”
 
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Meet Leah Rososvky, Director of the Boston Athenaeum, one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished independent libraries, with a circulating collection of over half a million books, from works published in the 1800s to the latest best sellers. Special collections include active research holdings of 100,000 rare books, maps and manuscripts, and 100,000 works of art, from paintings and sculpture to prints and photographs.  The Boston Athenaeum isa national treasure –  a unique combination of library, museum, and cultural center in a magnificent landmark building.
 
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Meet the author of “Rage of the Jinn,” an incredible heart-pounding thriller that sweeps up  readers, taking us to dangerous hotspots  where strong and dark mythical forces threaten all of humanity.  Luckily there is an elite team of CIA agents out to save us.  If it sounds exciting it certainly is.  All thanks to the imaginative author Ox Devere, a pseudonym for the novel’s writing duo including my podcast  guest Parker Jamison. 
 
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Benjamin Zander has been a groundbreaking leader in the classical music field for decades. Founder of the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Maestro Zander has an undying love and respect for classical music, having performed and recorded all over the world. We will be highlighting upcoming Boston Symphony Hall shows in our conversation today along with his adoration for Gustav Mahler and the impact of classical music on the soul, truly inspiring!
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The Optical Heritage Museum in Southbridge, Massachusetts has thousands of fascinating items within their collections and displays including microscopes, Lensometers, and of courses glasses from every era.  It features incredible science that has benefited our lives as well as a look at eyewear fashion trends over the last couple of centuries.  Join us as we take you on a tour with Debbie Schiro from the Museum!   
 
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Meet Dr. Kedar Gupta and his wife Renu, immigrants originally from India who are a true American success story.  Dr. Gupta is the author of “Carving My Destiny: Lessons From My Entrepreneurial Ventures.”  Kedar  shares  valuable business and life  lessons he’s learned while  developing many successful companies.  He and his colleagues are credited with playing a major role in sparking the solar energy revolution.

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We welcome Dr. Letise Lafeir, The New England Aquarium’s first Chief Conservation and Stewardship Officer.  An expert on ocean issues and ocean policy with aquarium experience, Dr. LaFeir comes to the Aquarium from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she served as Senior Advisor. Join us for a discussion about sea life and the need to safeguard a most precious resource -our oceans. Learn about the vital ongoing conservation work by the dedicated team at the New England Aquarium!

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The Escape Room phenomenon is sweeping the country.  And it is certainly popular here in our stomping grounds Boston. Today we feature Jason Loeb, one of the founders of Trapology Boston.  The concept of solving puzzles to “escape” from any number of clever and entertaining scenarios brings people together for device-free entertainment, giving groups of friends an immersive, interactive, and FUN activity to do together!
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On this episode meet The Tea Maestro, Bruce Richardson, Founder of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas of Kentucky. Bruce is a contributing editor to TEATIME Magazine, has written several books on the subject of tea and serves as the Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. He is undoubtedly one of the top authorities when it comes to tea. Bruce and I  have brewed up quite an interesting conversation for you  about the world’s most popular beverage. Now, did you want one lump or two?
 
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Happy New Year to all!  One of the smartest resolutions we  can all  make this time of year is to stop procrastinating.  Today’s guest has fine advice as to  how we can take command of our financial wellness and plan effectively for retirement.  Financial advisor Aviva Sapers, along with co-author Andrew MacDougall, has written, “Someday Is Not a Day of the Week: Unlock Your Financial Potential Today.”  Aviva explains in easy to understand language how to develop financial confidence and create a safer, more sustainable path to your future!
 
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Anxiety.  It is a seminal part of the human condition.  We need it to survive and grow.   But for millions of us anxiety takes a heavy toll.  What if there was another way to think about anxiety, to actually experience anxiety in a  way that can change your life for the better?   Our guest is Dr. David H. Rosmarin, author of “Thriving with Anxiety: 9 Tools to Make Your Anxiety Work for You.”   Listen to this episode and you just might come away with a whole new perspective on anxiety and a whole lot more!

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Today we welcome Dr. Anna Yusim, author of an inspiring and well-researched new book entitled, “Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life.”  Anna integrates the best of Western medicine with universal spiritual  principles to help us discover more meaning and joy in life!

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She’s an award winning creative force on Madison Avenue.  Micki Pagano is also a New Yorker who was deeply affected by the terror attacks on 9-11.  Her inspiring book about the afterlife, redemption and hope in the wake of what happened on that fateful day is moving and imaginative.  Join us as we introduce you to “The Road to Beyond,” a  beautiful parable for our time.

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Bar Tips is a wonderful book of life and business lessons by Neil Rogers.  Neil currently runs a successful marketing firm.  He recalls the skill sets learned when he tended bar in Boston years ago and shares them in this very readable book.   There are valuable tips for anyone interested in improving their careers, building sales and understanding and communicating with people!

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Meet Diane Pienta, author of a wonderful new book called, “Be the Magic: Bite-Sized Nuggets of Wisdom to Feed your Joy, Nourish you Soul, and Open your Heart.”
 
Diane is a writer, mentor and forest therapy guide who loves to help others see and be their own magic!
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We welcome back to the podcast author Landon Beach, a fine friend and a master at penning exciting thrillers.  Not only are we thrilled to have him join us to talk about his new book “The Blue Hour Sanction,”  but he was kind enough to bring along one of the nation’s top audiobook narrators Suzanne Elise Freeman.  She is the reader of this fast-paced novel and you’re about to hear a unique tale of a writer and voice-actor creatively collaborating.  It’s a look behind the scenes at how great stories come to life!  Here is a link for you on Amazon.com.
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Well, we’ve arrived at a milestone. On Mic Podcast 400! I’ve chosen to feature a lifelong friend as my guest, Mr. Ray Fournier. Ray has been a pioneer in the audio recording industry for well over a half century. Blind since birth, Ray has inspired so many with his dedication to professionalism and artistry. And he’s quite the namedropper and storyteller. Thanks to all of you for coming along for the podcast ride for all 400 episodes. There is so much more to come! 

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Meet Christy Cashman, a woman who wears many hats!  She’s a writer, actress, philanthropist and equestrian who has written her first novel called, “The Truth About Horses.”  It’s a wonderful story of a young girl coming to terms with loss and the incredible impact rising horses has on her life. 
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Meet Janet Seckel-Cerotti who heads up an outstanding organization that addresses the serious problem of loneliness among older Americans.   About to celebrate a special anniversary,  FriendshipWorks links volunteers with elder citizens in a variety of programs, all of which lead to happier lives.  We are proud to salute  FriendshipWorks on today’s episode of On Mic!
 
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Join me as take a tour of jazz in the middle of the last century as award-winning broadcast journalist Carmen Fields shares the story of her Dad Ernie Fields in a well-researched and entertaining book!

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Meet a long time friend Lon Davis who has captured the history of old Hollywood in several wonderful books  (do check out LON DAVIS  on Amazon for the complete list).
 
Today we focus on  his special friendship with a comedy legend, Larry Fine of The Three Stooges.  The two became pals when Lon was just a teen and the relationship had a lovely and lasting  impact on Lon’s life.
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Meet Andy Kelley, also known as “The Boston Buddha.” Andy is a husband, father, sports fan and all around regular guy who discovered for himself the benefits of meditation. Now it’s his life mission to share theses benefits with others, people of all ages and backgrounds. Meditation doesn’t have to be a grind, Andy explains why and how it works to make lives better! 
 
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JB Harris captures the historical essence and poignancy of the early immigrant experience in her gripping novel “The Immigrant’s Wife.” Prepare for a story of joy in the wake of hardship, love in an era of uncertainty.  And much is based on our guest’s own family history. 
 
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Barbara Becker has dedicated more than twenty-five years to partnering with human-rights advocates around the world in pursuit of peace and interreligious understanding. She has worked with the United Nations, Human Rights First, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, and has participated in a delegation of Zen Peacemakers and Lakota elders in the Black Hills of South Dakota. she began a 365-day blog when my earliest childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and was living out the last year of her life. During that time, she was completely absorbed by the question Can we live our lives more fully knowing some day we will die?  That resulted in a beautiful book, “Heartwood: The Art of Living with the End in Mind.”  Join us in conversation about a key facet of the human experience!
 
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Talk about a “dream job.” Kari McBride, who has worked behind the scenes in show business for such big companies as Disney, was gifted her first ever Lego set during the COVID-19 pandemic.  She finished building a 7000 piece model of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars in just four days.  From then on she was obsessed.  Now she shares her story about how the obsession led to her ascension as a Lego Master! 
 
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In our latest live-audience event held at the beautiful Millennium Tower in downtown Boston, Curator of the New England Sports Museum Richard Johnson regaled us all with tales of local sports legends, their fascinating back stories, and the unique tradition that New England holds when it comes to sports!
 
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“Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton stops by for a chat about show business, his amazing career and those special entertainers he’s known and loved along the way.  A remarkable performer, Wayne has entertained millions and he shows no signs of slowing down! 
 
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Doug McIntyre is the long-time columnist for the Southern California News Group which includes the Los Angeles Daily News and Orange County Register, as well as the creator of Red Eye Radio heard nationally on hundreds of radio stations.
 
He also hosted a successful show on WABC in New York City and the long-running McIntyre in the Morning on KABC in Los Angeles. A television and film writer/producer, McIntyre has written for all the major networks, including the hit series, Married… With Children, WKRP in Cincinnati, Full House, Mike Hammer and the award-winning PBS series, Liberty’s Kid.  His debut novel is entitled “Frank’s Shadow,” a fresh, humorous, riveting story of discovering one’s legacy while challenged by ghosts, including that of ‘old blue eyes.’  A terrific book from a quality storyteller!
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Long time Boston Globe reporter and columnist Scot Lehigh has just authored his first novel and it’s a winner.”Just East of Nowhere,” Scot Lehigh’s debut novel, is a gritty coming-of-age story that explores the often hidden pockets of Maine and features a poignant and troubled cast of characters who are caught in the undercurrents of a struggling coastal town. A fine work of exciting fiction from one of the region’s top journalists!
 
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While on a visit to Israel, we meet up with several proud U.S. veterans on a 10-day trip of healing in the Holy Land. Learn about Heroes to Heroes, an organization that prevents veteran suicide by healing souls through forgiveness and peace. Hear from the founder and several of the men about the 12-month peer support, curriculum-based program that includes values exploration, goal-setting, 10 days in Israel, and community reintegration support and planning, giving our combat veterans who suffer from moral injury, the direction they need to choose life. 
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Meet Sara DiVello, true crime novelist and the founder and host of the popular author interview series, Mystery and Thriller Mavens. She is out with a new book entitled “Broadway Butterfly,” a true crime thriller about the unsolved murder of a Manhattan It Girl in 1923.   Real life characters come alive in a case with shocking ramifications that ripple from the gangster underworld all the way to the White House!
 
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Today’s guest has quite the inspiring story.  La’Que Duren was heading down a dangerous life threatening path, but a group of adults saw value in her that she didn’t know she had.  “How The Mafia Saved My Life”  is a story about a young girl encountering tough men from the shadows who reached out to  protect her.  She ultimately  forgave her abusers and rose from the ashes, and hers is a story for anyone looking for a way out. 
 
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Meet the man behind the mayhem who is making people very happy. Norm Laviolette heads up the smash hit Boston comedy troupe Improv Asylum. He tells of its origin and growth along with the fun and vibrancy that defines improvisation. We also talk about the group’s extensive training opportunities in performance and stand-up for professionals and non-actors alike! 
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Joe Lamonica is part of a hard working Italian family. proud of the restaurant named for their grandfather.  Vuolo’s in Winthrop Massachusetts has won raves from food critics and diners.  Joe plies his trade coming up with creative concoctions  behind the bar, when he’ snot collecting and selling iconic custom rock T-Shirts and memorabilia.  There is passion in everything he does and Joe is about to share his story!
 
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We welcome a return visit from NY Times bestselling author Lynn Hightower, here to talk up her latest book, “The Beautiful Risk,” a thriller set in France. 
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Attorney A.X. Foster has prosecuted and defended complex homicide cases for over 30 years.  His debut legal thriller “Gavel to Gavel” transports us to a tense trial where the case seems open and shut. But is it? Foster has penned a terrific legal adventure with intriguing characters and situations. Today we take you deep behind the scenes of a murder one trial, where nothing is as it seems.
 
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Meet Gianni Russo, one of the stars of “The Godfather,” a monumental first film role for a guy who never acted before! The author of his best selling memoir “Hollywood Godfather,” shares incredible personal stories about Brando, Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and the biggest names in the actual Mafia, names you will instantly recognize. From the movie ( he’s produced and acted in close to fifty) to the JFK assassination, Gianni tells all. He’s appearing locally at the Regent Theatre in Arlington with a popular one-man show at the time of our taping.
 
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Let me introduce you to someone who is the very definition of Grace. She’s Sister Bridget Haase, the author of many spiritually uplifting books such as Generous Faith and Doors to the Sacred, both of which share stories of family and times in Sudan, Senegal, Mexico and Appalachia. Recipient of several awards, she has led retreats and parish missions nationwide and has ministered to everyone from paraplegics at the Boston Home to 3 and 4 year-olds in her role  as “St. Storyteller.“ We are such close friends, her life energy has blessed me along with so many others. Enjoy a conversation with this remarkable new Orleans native!
 
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Today I welcome artist, educator and marine advocate, Cindy Pease Roe, whose inspiration comes from her deep, abiding kinship with the sea to craft her unforgettable paintings and sculptures. Cindy incorporates a variety of media to capture the depth of her subjects. She deftly paints historic, and often endangered working waterfronts. But most importantly, she has garnered the interest of art lovers and environmentalists alike by collecting plastic debris and flotsam she finds along the shoreline and transforming them into thought-provoking, visually stimulating three-dimensional forms.
 
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There is a national crisis of drug abuse and mental illness affecting our adolescent and young adult population. Meet two representatives from a new agency that is meeting the challenges head on. We present Clinical Director Brenna Fichter LISCW and Business Development Manager Caitlin Axelrod-McLeod with the recently opened Kiwi Recovery Center in Concord, Massachusetts. The focus is on the groundbreaking work done by these practitioners in empowering our kids, offering them a healthier pass to success.
 
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Dr. Gary Simonds is a neurosurgeon who has spent decades savings lives in Level 1 trauma centers.  He shares stories of what happens when doctors are pressured to make life saving decisions with no time to spare.  His terrific new novel, “Death’s Pale Flag,” tells the story of an intrepid doctor, a brain surgeon and unlikely war hero, who in the midst of pushing himself to the extreme to help his patients, encounters what appear to be ghostly figures.  Are they real or the result of his intense burnout. Strap in for a scintillating tale of medicine and the supernatural!
 
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As founder and Chief Storyteller at GoZen!, Renee Jain is recognized as a pioneer in marrying technology and child psychology in a unique approach that nurtures the hearts and minds of kids. Through her writing, product invention and development, masterclasses for parents, and children’s advocacy, she works to build the emotional intelligence of kids. Tens of thousands of families and professionals testify to the unparalleled success of GoZen!’s programs.  I’m honored to share details with you on this episode!
 
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From “The Finest Hours,” to “A Storm Too Soon” best-selling author Michael J. Tougias has established himself as an expert on deep survival. He chronicles what he has learned from those who have challenged danger and death in his brilliant new book “Extreme Survival: Lessons from Those Who Have Triumphed Against All Odds.”  Michael’s reporting and storytelling will motivate and inspire anyone facing a struggle.
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Today, we talk with one of the top leadership consultants in the U.S. Jenna Fisher is committed to finding transformational leaders who can guide companies forward in a changing world. She has just authored a book entitled, “To The Top:How Women in Corporate Leadership Are Rewriting the Rules of Success.” Jenna points how the work world is changing and what skillsets people need to move forward!
 
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Newly inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Donna Halper is pioneer in the industry.  She has done it all from working as a popular on-air disc jockey to programming and consulting with top major market radio groups.  She is also a broadcast historian, published author and college professor teaching communications to the next generation of broadcasters.  Oh, as if that’s not enough,  Donna was the host  who spotted talent in a  little rock band known as “Rush.”  She helped launch thtem to super stardom map and they’ve remained close riends since the 1970’s.
 
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Stona Fitch is a first-rate novelist with the kind of edge and wicked cool sense of  humor that readers love.  We’ll explore his latest book, “Death Watch,” a gripping satire about materialist culture and more.  Dennis Lehane calls Fitch ,  “A terrific writer who knows how to spin a yarn with grit and confidence.”  I have a strong feeling you’ll agree!
 
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Meet a daring creative woman with an incredible story, Natasha Lance Rogoff.  She is the author of “Muppets In Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street  in Russia. “  Natasha was the American TV producer tasked with launching the public television show in  the former Soviet Union.  Amidst bombings, assassinations and a military takeover of the production office, she and the talented Moscow team of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and puppeteers remained determined to bring laughter, learning and a new way of seeing the world to the children of Russia,, Ukraine and across the former Soviet empire.
 
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Welcome to a conversation with novelist Katherine Sherbrooke whose new book “The Hidden Life of Aster Kelly,” rekindles the Golden Age of Hollywood in a stunning way.  When a runway model in 1940s Hollywood makes a split-second decision intended to protect those she loves, she triggers a cascade of secrets that threatens to upend her daughter’s life decades later.   Kathy based the book on a personal family story that has all the makings of a Hollywood melodrama.  Great fun for fans of movies, Broadway and fine writing!
 
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Carolyn Buck Luce is living a life filled with  adventure and purpose and she is happy to share her good fortune with others! She is the author of “Epic: The Women’s Power Play Book” and is the creator of The Decade Game, a highly popular exercise puts the focus on what truly matters in our lives and how people  can achieve happiness, fulfillment and success. Her most recent endeavor is as the co-designer and co-leader of the Remarkable Women’s Journey, a six-month intensive coaching program for some of the most remarkable women today in business, civic society and philanthropy. 
 
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Dr. Erica Muhl recently assumed the presidency of one of the world’s premier music schools, The Berklee College of Music in Boston. Erica is an accomplished conductor, composer, scholar, educator and administrator. In our conversation, hear her insights on music education, the need for music in all of our lives and the challenges facing students and all of us in the art community. Join us for an inside look at a world class institution of higher learning with the person now leading Berklee!
 
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Meryl Frank is a highly respected diplomat and international leader on women’s issues and concerns of the world-wide Jewish community.
Her new book is quite personable and impactful. It’s entitled “Unearthed: A Lost Actress, a Forbidden Book, and a Search for Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust.” It is a thrilling mystery woven into a beautifully constructed family memoir: Meryl Frank’s journey to seek the truth about a beloved and revolutionary cousin, a celebrated actress in Vilna before World War II, and to answer the question of how the next generation should honor the memory of the Holocaust.
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Conversation is on today with one of America’s most celebrated playwrights and authors. Meet Ernest Thompson, Academy Award winner for his poignant work  “On Golden Pond”. We talk with this celebrated actor, director and lyricist about his latest novel “The Book of Maps,” a brilliantly written tale of a father and son rediscovering their relationship on a cross country adventure. The book is sure to become a classic!   
 
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Check out today’s guest Steph Palermo,  the hot blooded Sicilian with a heart of gold!  Steph is the author of “It’s Not Personal, Sonny, It’s Business: How To Run Your Family, Life and Business Like a Sicilian”.  Oh sure, delicious food and plenty of it is vital, but Steph shares her wisdom and understanding of life growing up in a Sicilian-American family, lessons on living happier, richer and more successful lives. And smiling all the way.  All from the lady who put the “F.U.” back in fun!
 
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Meet a charming woman who mentors many as a multi-faceted life coach.  Bernadette Ridge hails from Ireland and now makes her  home just outside of Boston.  She is the co-author of several books in the Jan Fraser Inspired Life Series “The Book on Gratitude,” The Book on Joy,”  and  “The Book on Transformation.”  She is all about empowering others with new -found energy and on today’s podcast with Bernadette’s help,  you might just discover another pathway to happiness! 
 
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Meet a guy who  has never been busier.  Tom Furrier has had a lifelong love affair with the typewriter ( as had your affable host).  He owns Cambridge Typewriter and spends his days fixing and restoring old classics while serving as a “typewriter matchmaker” for those who yearn for the clickety clack sound  of the good old days.  Key in on this one and you’re guaranteed to be entertained while learning a lot!
 
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You’re bound to get a real kick out today’s guest! We’re talking all-things soccer with my pal Giovanni Pacini. He’s a highly skilled and respected soccer coach who knows all the ins and outs of the game. Giovanni hosts his own podcast and radio show on the subject and shares his thoughts on how and why the sports is growing in popularity here in the U.S.
 
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Time to talk shop once again with another talented voice-over artist. Meet Texan Jeff Williams, an affable guy with a magnificent voice who started in the business only a few years back. Since then he has met with tremendous success, now heard on hundreds of commercials. I go “studio to studio” with Jeff for a wonderful conversation about his journey thus far and a bright future behind the microphone!
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Meet an incredible young woman who is quite the entrepreneur. Collette DiVito was born in 1990 with Down Syndrome. 
A few years back, she began to bake her amazing cookies that friends and family members loved. Since then she has developed a thriving successful nation-wide cookie business, employing many people with disabilities. Collette also has a non-profit called Collettey’s  Leadership, mentoring and inspiring others with disabilities. Meet Collette and her mom Rosemary and you’re guaranteed to get a hankering for those cookies!
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The importance of trust is at an all-time high, just as our inclination to trust is at an all-time low. The perfect guest to address issues of trust is Ashley Reichheld, co-author of “The Four Factors of Trust: How Organizations Can Learn Lifelong Loyalty.” There are answers, trust me. Ashley has the answers!
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Join us today for a fascinating look at a lesser known historical figure who played a key role in the leadership of the free world. But this person  was never elected. Rather, she was the outspoken first lady to Woodrow Wilson who suffered a stroke and was impaired during his president.  It was his wife who carefully controlled access to him and in essence helped run the White House. Meet historian/author Rebecca Boggs Roberts as we discuss her new book, “Untold Power: The Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson.”
 
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Meet the couple behind a vital humanitarian program helping war-torn victims in Ukraine. Natasha and Semyon Dukach created Cash for Refugees, a grassroots organization that has helped thousands of Ukrainians since the start of the war with direct cash payments.  A small group of volunteers travels regularly to Ukraine making it clear that the people there are not alone and not forgotten. Unlike so many other well-meaning charities, there is very little red tape or overhead. Just direct assistance to innocent victims of war. It is a story worth sharing!
 
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We welcome back one of our favorite creative dynamos, long time friend and colleague Roberto Mighty.  Roberto is a busy TV producer and host with two exciting projects on PBS  “World’s Greatest Cemeteries” and “Getting Dot Older.”  You’re in for some history, mystery and lore with Roberto Mighty, a Renaissance filmmaker of the first order!
 
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David Lubofsky is a creative technologist and former agency owner who is determined to ignite widespread, drastic change in human treatment across business. David is the epitome of southern kindness and has made it his mission to promote empathy, respect, creativity and fun in the workplace. We will talk about his wonderful book on the subject, “The Search for Work Happiness: Helping Leaders Keep Themselves and Their People Happy and Mentally Healthy,”
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It all started in 1983 with a short slasher  film for a college TV station that grew into a B slasher horror classic.  Meet the two buddies , Mark Veau and  Michael Savino, who gave birth to “The Attack of the Killer Refrigerator,” a film that has spawned sequels and rabid fandom among cult movie lovers.   Mover over Ed Wood, these guys from Worcester Massachusetts know a little something about going Hollywood!
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Meet a hot new acoustic duo, birthed in the vortex of Sedona, Arizona, featuring Kerri Leblang and Andrew Daniel Cates. They perform original music that excites the soul with songs about love, life and unity, celebrating the moments that truly matter right now. Kerri and Andrew perform a magic mix of Americana, Blues, Country, Soul and Pop, with a healthy dose of heart centered music medicine. Enjoy hearing their story and a bit of their music!
 
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Acclaimed true-crime writer Ron Franscell is back, this time with a thrilling novel about a cold case murder, taken on by a retired homicide cop and a gang of his colorful  old geezer friends. “Deaf Row” is a first class mystery replete with unforgettable characters and mind blowing twists. I loved “Deaf Row” and invite you to enjoy a return visit with NY Times best-selling author Ron Franscell!

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In celebration of our 350th podcast, we welcome a beautiful young healer on a mission to spread great news about self-care and exercise. She’s Ioanna Diamantidou, a former pro-gymnast champion and Olympic athlete from northern Greece, who for the last fifteen years has been a  sought after Pilates instructor and athletic trainer. Ioanna stresses the importance of movement and how Pilates helps improve health in many ways. Ioanna’s own story in competitive gymnastics is fascinating as well. One thing is certain, listening to this show will have you feeling better! 

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To quote our guest, “Music isn’t ABOUT inclusion.  Music IS inclusion.”  Meet Patti “Pidgie” Panzarino a true renaissance woman “on wheels.”  Despite being born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) she has overcome steep challenges to enjoy a full and successful life as a composer, singer and music producer. Pidgie has a new album, is about to go on tour and is quite an inspiration!

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Dr. David Alfery is a retired cardiothoracic anesthesiologist from Nashville who personifies what it means to be a true healer. Dr. Alfery is a highly skilled clinician who offers insight into what really goes on in the life and death struggles in acute medical care settings. His book “Saving Grace: What Patients Teach Their Doctors about Life, Death, and the Balance in Between,”  is by far the finest medical memoir I’ve ever read. I am honored to welcome him to the podcast and invite you to experience something special. 

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Today, we delve into true crime with the help of Bill Powers, former Commander of the State Police Detective Unit for the Middlesex County DA’s Office in Massachusetts. His riveting new book is an outstanding procedural entitled, “When the Smoke Cleared: A Murder Mystery in Malden,” and it’s a page turner!
 
Follow an actual murder investigation from tracking down the suspect to the ultimate court case. All told from the perspective of an honored policeman, who with his dedicated team, worked tirelessly to bring about justice.
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Conversation with creative people is what this podcast series is all about.  You won’t find a more creative, fascinating or talented person anywhere than my guest Roger Kabler.  He’s an actor, comedian, writer, impressionist as well as star and producer of a new film entitled, “Being Robin,” a love letter to the late Robin Williams. The film focuses on what Robin meant to Roger personally and how the gifts of Robin Williams impacted millions.
 
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Erin Diehl and I are going to “riff” a bit and we invite you to come along for the ride! Erin’s mantra is “get comfortable with the uncomfortable.” Through a series of unrelated dares, founder Erin Diehl created improve it!, a unique professional development company that pushes others to laugh, learn, and grow. She and her team take a creative approach to help companies and individuals improve not only their performance but their daily lives. Ready to experience improv? You came to  the right place!

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Meet the former Harvard University Admin Assistant who built her empire selling sex toys. You heard right. There is a lot  more to Kim Airs’ story and on today’s episode we explore the life and times of this self-described “badass” who has done a lot to change the way consenting adults think about sex.  She is a big proponent of adding back fun and joy into relationships. Kim is an educator, reviewer and podcaster who has successfully taken on a male dominated industry with some incredible stories to share!
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Meet Mona Dolgov – nutritionist, creative consultant, health advocate, author, publisher, teacher. Wow, does this lady wear many hats and she does so tastefully (and more to the point deliciously).  She’s the author of several healthy meal cookbooks including her latest called, “Satisfry,”  for air fryer enthusiasts. Join us as we talk about Mona’s passion for preparing scrumptious meals that are truly good for you!
 
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Join me as I welcome my dear friend Brad Meltzer back for his annual On-Mic  appearance.  This time the NY Times best-selling author unveils his latest project, co- written with Josh Mensch entitled, “The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill.”   Brad uncovers history and tells its story as well as anyone.   As fellow historian Douglas Brinkley says about this new project, “Every page is mesmerizing and eye-opening.  A must-read!” 
 
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“Put It Down on Paper: The Words and Life of Mary Folsom Blair, A Fifty-Year Search,”  is the personal passion project of longtime newspaper man Phil Primack.  Part coming of age story, part old-fashioned detective work on his part, Phil stumbles upon the journals and letters of a young woman  born over a century ago.  He then weaves together a fascinating biography of someone who might have been lost to history,  a resilient woman  named Mary Folsom Blair, who wrote eloquently about life, loss, love and more.
 
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We invite you to meet a marvelous writer Henriette Lazaridis whose newest novel “Terra Nova” will transport you to a fascinating time and place.
Her book is an immersive story of the race to the frigid South Pole at the turn on of the last century, while at the same time the struggle for women’s  suffrage is underway  in England.   It’s a tale of adventure, complex relationships and major social change, told by a former Rhodes Scholar and master storyteller.
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Mental illness is a serious worldwide problem with millions affected. Sadly, so many suffer in silence, fearing vulnerability and stigma.
 
On today’s episode I team up once again with my good friend Larry Ruttman (a past guest here and host of his own podcast “A Life Lived Backwards”).
We produced two pods on his platform about our respective  encounters with depression. I thought it was worth producing a single ON MIC podcast  to again share our  individual stories of struggle, and more importantly, our paths to healing. If this motivates you or someone in need to seek  help, then we will have accomplished something worthwhile.  
 
We are NOT dispensing medical advice, for that you should consult a qualified physician. What we are doing is as old as civilization itself; telling deeply personal stories that remind us we are all very much part of the human family.
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On Mic takes to the road!   We enjoyed a delightful two-week holiday in France recently and couldn’t help recording interviews with some fascinating people along the way.  On today’s episode one of the most innovative  restaurants in the world, a visit to the Champagne region, meeting up with a fellow podcaster at Radio France, the mayor of a picturesque French town that labored under  the Nazis and a visit from Hitler, and a  woman who has created a unique card game,  certain  to spark romance, so appropriate to play when in Paris!
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Nick Gancitano is a best selling author, keynote speaker, private coach, soccer All-American, football National Champion, and Penn State University’s All-Time Most Accurate Place-Kicker. Over the last 25 years, he has mentored thousands globally who have attained personal and spiritual transformation under his guidance, including entrepreneurs, top athletes and coaches in virtually every sport.  Enjoy a chat with Nick about his book and winning philosophy!
 
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Daniel Ross has a voice that makes you smile.  Correction…he has dozens of voices that elicit joy and laughter.  Daniel is one of the nation’s top animation actors, and only the third person to be officially noted as the voice of Donald Duck. We’re very happy for Daniel winning an inaugural Children’s and Family Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice Performance in a Preschool Animated Program for his role as Donald Duck in “Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas.” Let’s go behind the animation studio scenes with a talented guy who loves his work!
 
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For an adoptee, developing a satisfying, healthy life often follows self-reflection, therapy, and peer support — processes well understood by author Lisa Cappola of “Voices Unheard: A Reflective Journal for Adult Adoptees.”  Lisa  is a mental health counselor with Boston Post Adoption Resources.  She  shares a bit of her own story of adoption and how the techniques offered in her journal are doing a lot to help other adult adoptees.
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Today’s guest is one talented and very funny guy.  He’s actor, writer, producer and sensational impressionist Jim Meskimen.   Jim’s work is highly respected and loved. His ability to mimic politicians and actors will blow your mind.  We talk about the art of voice- acting,  “capturing” the voice and mannerisms of the famous for fun and profit.  Check out Jim’s work on any number of social media platforms to see him in action!

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Private investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner Joe Pike are back on the case in the new mystery/thriller “Racing the Light.”  We are honored to have as our guest #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais.  Bob’s insights on developing  crime fiction are fascinating.  We’ll talk with him about his career in film and television and how he has maintained a super successful franchise with characters millions of readers love!

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Meet Landon Beach, a top notch writer of mystery-thrillers, who is keeping readers up at night with his latest called, “Narrator.”  A talented but struggling actor is kidnapped by obsessed fans who  demand he narrate their audiobook or suffer rather dire consequences. It’s a psychological chiller of the first order and a look behind the scenes into the world of voice-over narration.
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Meet a Boston character who defines the character of Boston. He’s Mark Duffield, former commercial fisherman, broadcaster and store owner in the world famous neighborhood of Beacon Hill.  Mark has written a new, beautifully illustrated book that will kindle wistful thoughts of serendipity. The book is entitled “As I Recall: Wings of Remembrance, “ and it’s penned  by a true gentleman, the unofficial Mayor Duffield of Boston!
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Valerie June is a talented Grammy nominated musician from Tennessee who can do it all.  She’s a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose sound encompasses a mix of blues, soul, country, gospel and more.  She has published a delightful children’s book entitled, “Somebody to Love,” and is intent on using her artistry to make the world a better place.   Infectious energy and a positive spirit define this talented rising star!
 
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Poet and novelist Dianne C. Braley joins us to talk about her terrific book, “The Silence in the Sound.” Dianne has written a poignant coming of age story that should greatly impact any reader.  Because sometimes escaping the past isn’t as easy as it seems. Meet this scrappy  New England author who is also a registered nurse and full-time mom. Dianne’s life experiences make for terrific read in her debut novel.
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Jeffrey Deaver is one of the world’s most popular novelists with a line of winning thrillers led by his Lincoln Rhyme Series.
 
The New York Times bestselling master of suspense is back with a riveting thriller entitled “Hunting Time,” with reward seeker Colter Shaw plunging into the woods and racing the clock in a case where nothing is quite what it seems.   We will talk about his love of the craft, creating tantalizing villains and Jeffrey’s fascinating  turn at writing a James Bond novel. Jeffrey Deaver is a “00” for sure  with a license to write!
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In another of our live audience podcast tapings from the Millennium Tower in Boston, we welcome T.J. Winick, author of the new book, “Reputation Capital: How to Navigate Crises and Protect Your Greatest Asset.” T.J. is a long time colleague from his days as a TV reporter in Boston and the ABC Network. Currently he leads the crisis practice at Issues management Group, an award-winning  strategic communications firm.  There is no one better at this critical job than T.J. and you’re about to learn why!
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Joining me for a live taping at the Millennium Tower in downtown Boston is the lovely Lisa Lewtan, author of “Busy, Stressed and Food Obsessed.” Lisa is a health and life coach with a common sense approach to  recovering life balance and feeling empowered. Listen in for tips on how you can look and perform better, improving your physical, mental and spiritual states of being. Lisa’s delightful sense of humor and nurturing manor is guaranteed to inspire and make you smile! 
 
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He’s a real radio guy, a Hall- of- Famer who sailed to the top of the ratings for decades in Southern California, forging a lasting broadcast legacy with his talented partner.  We talk shop and more with Mark Thompson, who has penned a terrific memoir about his life and times in and out of radio.   It’s entitled, “ Don’t Bump the Record, Kid: My Adventures with Mark and Brian.”   Enjoy a ride-along with this radio veteran and yours truly who has a few war stories to share as well!
 
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Meet Cat Burkey, a creative apparel designer who is giving back in a unique and inspiring way.   She has been a key catalyst  in a project called “Double Take,” a first-of-its-kind fashion show, with start-to-finish SMA ( spinal muscular atrophy) community involvement, that aims to increase disability visibility, break down stereotypes and champion adaptive fashion.     You’re about to hear how this incredible event took shape in the hope of launching  a better future, where all are valued and  no one is ignored.
 
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John Koblin is a journalist who covers media for the New York Times.  He is also the co-author of a fascinating new book on the  story of HBO entitled, “It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Future of HBO.”   Join us as we do a deep dive into the origins of Home Box Office and the state of television as a result.

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She’s rock and roll royalty! Enjoy a conversation with legendary musician and composer Robin Lane.  Robin is the subject of a new documentary entitled “When Things Go Wrong” and is famous for multiple hits with her group Robin Lane and the Chart Busters.  She just cut a new album and has a non-profit organization that actively helps women and others suffering from trauma. 
 
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Rachel Silber Devlin has written the most in-depth biography or her late father, the towering figure John Silber.
Her new memoir is entitled “Snapshots of My Father, John Silber,” and it tells the whole story of the man in Texas who overcame a physical handicap to become a leader in higher education.  He was a complex public figure who provoked debate.  But he was also a dedicated Dad and Husband to his devoted family.  Rachel’s story is an eloquent account of an authentic man of principle who never backed down. 
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Meet Master Chef Giovanna Huyke, currently  serving  the most delicious Latin and Puerto Rican cuisine at a Boston area restaurant known as La Fabrica Central. 
 
Giovanna, dubbed The Julia Child of Puerto Rico, blazed a trail as the first female chef to host and co-produce the first TV cooking show on the island.   She is helping us explore the wonders of Latin cuisine as she whest our appetites with endearing tales from the kitchen!
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Joan Wallace-Benjamin is a woman of accomplishment and that is an understatement!   She has served the public sector in a variety of leadership roles with  The  New England Home for Little Wanderers, the ABCD Head start Program, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and as Chief of Staff during the early months of the Governor Duval Patrick administration in Massachusetts.   Through her many years of service she has exemplified good character and leadership traits that many have come to admire.  We commemorate  the publishing of her memoir, Leading a Life in Balance: Principles of Leadership from the Executive Suite to the Family Table with a conversation about what matters most in the board room and at home.
 
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As a proud “Monster Kid,” ( and don’t worry we will define that term ) your fanboy host is proud to welcome Julian David Stone, a founding member of the MC club, to the podcast.  Julian is a successful screenwriter and documentarian who spends much of his time these days writing books about the coolest of  pop culture topics.
 
His latest creation  is called It’s Alive!, a novel about the making of the classic Universal horror film Frankenstein in 1931.  You’ll enter the world of Junior Laemmle, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and numerous other Hollywood legends and understand just how key “The Monster” was in forging  the new Hollywood!
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The multifaceted Michael Oren joins us today to talk about his thrilling new WWII novel Swann’s War. Michael is a respected historian, novelist, politician and military veteran who recently served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States. He is also one fine storyteller who weaves an exciting tale about a rarely mentioned aspect of the Second World War. We’ll talk a little geopolitics as well with the Ambassador.
 
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Today, we examine how people choose to look and feel better about themselves as we focus on the essence of beauty.  Our guest is nurse practitioner Mary Dealy, owner /operator of BeautoxEtc, a cosmetic dermatology practice located near Boston.  Mary shares with us the  many safe and proven non-surgical  options for looking younger  as well as the visible  emotional lift one receives.
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We welcome back one of our favorite Renaissance men,  the inimitable Larry Ruttman. Larry has penned books about baseball, and Jewish American history along with a fascinating memoir covering eight-plus decades of his rich life.  His latest project is a book called Intimate Conversations: Face to Face with Matchless Musicians. We talk about conversations Larry has had with the world’s top classical artists, composers and conductors.  His work offers fresh insights into the hearts and minds of musical geniuses. And together we celebrate the lasting beauty and significance of classical music.
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Vincent Paterson is one of the  top choreographers and directors in the nation, with a host of show business accomplishments and milestones.  He tells us about working with countless superstars from Michael Jackson to Madonna.  His memoir  entitled Icons and Instincts: Choreographing  and Directing Entertainment’s Biggest Stars chronicles the career highs and occasional setbacks of one of this era’s most innovative artists.  Enjoy stories of Broadway, Hollywood and the exciting world of dance with a masterful storyteller. 
 
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Joining us today is celebrated film critic Ty Burr whose career has  included long stints with  Entertainment Weekly Magazine, HBO and many years as a top flight film critic for the Boston Globe. Now Ty Burr delivers reviews and movie news direct to you with Ty Burr’s Watchlist, a terrific source of info for movie lovers, all  you need do is subscribe. Talking movies is one of my favorite passions and with someone of Ty Burr’s reputation, it is especially gratifying and fun. Enjoy!
 
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Meet the energetic entrepreneur behind one of the area’s most successful distilleries.  Rhonda Kallman and her colleagues are true artisans, crafting the finest in locally produced whiskey, gin, rum and distilled beer. She is becoming known nationwide for creating a solid brand with deep historic Boston roots. And her story of making it in a male-dominate industry is super impressive.  Three cheers to Rhonda and the Boston Harbor Distillery. Be sure to drive and listen responsibly.

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Meet the extraordinary Allison Blei, co-producer and co-writer of  Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium arriving in Boston as  part of a national tour. This irreverent traveling tented entertainment experience is in partnership with Harpoon Brewery while in our fair city. It’s a mind-bending variety and vaudeville-style show featuring acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and lots of laughs. Allison knows a thing or two about this kind of entertainment with her background in trapeze and circus performance. Lots of thrills and humor and a look behind the curtains as to how a show like hers has become a success.

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Meet Michael Dispezio, this generation’s “Mr. Wizard.” Michael is well-respected science educator with writing and editing credits on hundreds of K-12  science texts.  He is also a nationally recognized speaker and entertainer, making science understandable and a great deal of fun for audiences of all ages. He’s been featured on national platforms such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel.Michael’s enthusiasm for life and all of its wonders is inspiring!
 
 
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Legacy is a gift we are all capable of giving. Capturing moments that crystalize one’s legacy is an honor. Especially when it’s someone I love and respect as much as I do. In this case, I get the chance to converse with my 93-year-old father. Marty Rich has led a full and productive life and he’s not done by any means. By launching this special edition of my podcast, I hope to inspire you to capture the thoughts and feelings of your elders, folks who have so much to offer!
 
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Time for some straight talk about finance and investing from a man who has done it successfully for over four decades. Milton Ezrati, author of the book Bite Sized Investing: A Complete (and Jargon-Free) Guide to Your Investing Success, has made it his mission to explain practical economics and investing to all of us who have had it with confusing terminology. Milton has done a masterful job of keeping it simple as you’ll hear as he steps up to join us On Mic!
 
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Historian, author and playwright David Kruh joins us with his own well-researched spin on a fascinating story steeped in myth and mystery. He’s written Inseparable: An Alcatraz Escape Adventure, a fictional account based on the famous escape by three men from “The Rock,” back in 1962. There is credible evidence that some of the escapees survived, perfect fodder for a thrilling novel you won’t want to put down!
 
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Writer Ken Sheldon presents one of the most fascinating true crime stories you’ll read about, a murder that happened over a hundred years ago in a sleepy northern New England hamlet. You’re sure to be swept away  by the  gripping story in Deep Water -Murder, Scandal and Intrigue in a New England Town. The author does an incredible job researching the case and surmising a solution to a century old mystery!
 
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Getting back to our roots with one of the nation’s top voice-over artists and mentors Dan Lenard. Dan is known as “The Knowledgeable Voice” and when you hear him speak you’ll understand why.  He’s achieved a lot of success, paying it forward by helping others. One of his worthy projects is www.world-voices.org, an organization for and about voice actors of all levels.  Dan has much to say and he says it well!
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Accomplished novelist Peter Clenott joins us to talk about his latest historically based thriller, The Unwanted.  It’s a World War II story about the Nazi eugenics programs and their systematic attempts to euthanize  those not achieving  “Aryan standards.”  The Unwanted features an unlikely friendship between two young girls from opposite sides, an American political power broker, based loosely on patriarch Joseph Kennedy, and a post war murder case that will have you guessing through the last exciting pages!
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She will appear magically before your very ears!  Thrilled to welcome world-class illusionist Lyn Dillies. Lyn is an award winning stage magician and illusionist who has thrilled thousands with her craft. She also uses her entertaining talents to help others.  Meet the lady who has broken through the magical “glass ceiling” and proven she’s got more than a few tricks up her sleeve!
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Meet Elle Rueger, the energetic founder of Soledier Socks, a company producing premium American made socks founded on giving back to our troops.  Hers is an inspiring story of successful entrepreneurism and generosity.  The products are high quality and fun to wear with Elle and her team supporting our armed forces both here and abroad!
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So, you start a podcast one day and before you know it you‘ve reached your 300th episode.(Stay tuned, we’re planning a live event to celebrate that milestone soon)
 
But it’s totally apropos to welcome today’s guest and honor him with the coveted 300th spot. Chris Lumry is the author of Creativity Unlocked: An Inside-Out Approach to a Life of Joy and Purpose. Since this podcast is dedicated to the promotion  of creative conversation, I thought Chris the perfect choice to share wisdom on the essence and power of creativity in improving one’s life. And when you hear how he redefines creativity, you’ll approach it in your life in an exciting new way!
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Another good friend stops by for coffee and conversation. Richard Brody is a radio pro who  has worked on and off the air for decades,  achieving notoriety as one of the most successful and innovative radio account executives in the business. In his younger days we took his turns as disc jockey on many stations and formats throughout the northeast. He also helped produce and promote hundreds of concerts, working with some of the biggest stars in the music business. Rich is the closest thing to a radio historian you’re going to meet and his stories are always great fun!
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Meet my friend “The Statistician!” Professor Donald Rubin is a world-renowned professor and expert in the field of statistics. He explains why stats matter and the important role they play in nearly every facet of life. Don is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, has received stunning accolades from across the globe, none of which , he admits, holds a candle to the distinct honor of having a dish named for him at a local Chinese restaurant. That’s why he’s a friend and a hero of mine.
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James Gavin is a writer and acclaimed music biographer with previous best sellers on  the lives of Chet Baker, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne. His latest is an in-depth look at a pop superstar whose fall from the public’s grace was slow and tragic, following a rocketing ascendence to world-wide fame. In George Michael : A Life, Gavin has gone further than any other biographer,  exploring  all aspects of Michael’s professional career and those which led him along the path of self-destruction. It is a riveting story we invite you to check out!
 
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Meet the founders of Personal Fav, a sexual wellness brand offering safer, plant-based sex products with the cleanest ingredients. Stephanie Elias and Hannah Hutton are looking to flip the male dominated sexual products industry on its head and are making  strong inroads as young female entrepreneurs. And they are getting national attention in the process.
 
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Wonderful to welcome back a fine novelist and radio guest of mine Bruce Ferber. Over the years we’ve spoken with Bruce about his days as a comedy writer and producer of such shows as Coach, Bosom Buddies, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and more. For over a decade now Bruce has focused on writing novels, each one a gem and quite funny. His previous two books worth checking out are Elevating Overman and Cascade Falls. On today’s podcast, we chat with him about his latest called I Buried Paul, a character rich take on Beatles cover bands and those musicians who never stop chasing the dream!
 
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OK, it’s your friendly podcast host indulging himself in his passion for Space, the Final Frontier! We welcome sci-fi chronicler, writer, editor and  pop-culture whiz Ryan Britt to talk up his fabulous new book, Phasers on Stun: How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World. Two to beam up and you’re invited to hop aboard as well!
 
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It’s an honor to welcome Brigadier  General (Ret) Jack Hammond to the podcast. The General heads up the Home Base Program, dedicated to treating the invisible wounds of war.  Thousands of our veterans are in desperate need of help for PTSD, addiction and other mental health issues caused by their wartime experiences. The Home Base Program is taking on this critical mission in bold innovative ways. And they are meeting with success. But more needs to be done. And you can help!
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The Godfather is one of America’s most popular and iconic movie masterpieces. Meet Vanity Fair writer Mark Seal who tells the incredible true story of the making of The Godfather in Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli. Insightful stories and exclusive interviews highlight this terrific book, out during the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.  Movie lovers, you are in for a treat!
 
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Meet the multi-faceted funny man Kevin Flynn. Kevin is a successful standup, actor, writer and producer who joins us to chat up his touring performance of Fear of Heights a funny and moving one-man show about an Irish-American kid’s phobias, family life, and the meaning of success. Kevin’s path to success is a neat one and you’ll likely agree that he’s a very funny fellow with a deep sense of heart and soul.
 
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As the face of WCVB TV 5 in Boston, Natalie Jacobson earned the trust and admiration of countless New Englanders. The award-winning news anchor has penned her autobiography entitled, Every Life a Story: Natalie Jacobson Reporting.  She relates many adventures during the pioneering days of television news in the 1970’s. Natalie also shares personal stories of her upbringing and family. This broadcast icon’s new book offers readers an intimate look at the behind the scenes world of television news.
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Rick Steves is an internationally renowned travel expert, seen regularly on his popular PBS TV shows. He also has written countless books on travel including his latest, Europe Through the Back Door. We will chat about Europe post pandemic, how travel has evolved, state of affairs at airports, and how to get the most of out your European adventure!
 
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Meet a master of the short story genre.  Michael J, Atwood’s latest is called, Delirium Fades. It’s a collection of film noir stories with a hint of the Twilight Zone, stories promising to keep you engaged and reading through the night. 
 
A high school English teacher by day, Michael Atwood inspires his students to write and sets a fine example.  Listen as we talk about the craft of short story writing and author’s love for tales with a twist.
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Peter Altschul is a psychologist and writer with a message worth sharing—people with different points of view CAN learn to get along.   His book of essays on the subject features many important touchpoints.  We will talk about Riding Elephants: Creating Common Ground Where Contention Rules and what Peter has to say about human nature and  how and why it’s critical we develop respect for one another. 
 
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Writer  Joe O’Donnell, best known for his series of mysteries starring  the rugged Boston private investigator Gallagher, returns to the podcast but he’s not alone. Introducing Steve Sachs, the subject of Joe’s new book,  Living on the Fringe of the Mob. Through Steve’s eyes and life experiences Joe has compiled a riveting collection of true stories about the New York Mob from the 1960s through the early 2000s. Rather than being a “made man,” Steve is connected to some of the highest ranking and notorious mobsters in New York City by virtue of longstanding childhood friendships and legitimate business relationships. There are many encounters, some humorous, others downright terrifying. Here’s a look at what actual mobsters are like, both “on and off the job.”
 
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She’s written a must-read novel right out of the gate! Meet first-time  novelist Karen Winn who goes on-mic to talk about Our Little World, a superbly crafted coming of age story that works on multiple levels, with irresistible characters amidst a tragic mystery. Set in the mid 1980’s, it’s a relatable story of bedroom communities with a lot  going on behind closed doors. Your host thinks it the best novel of its type in years. Enjoy!
 
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We welcome the “King of Historical Thrillers,” William Martin back to the podcast.  The international best-selling author of such classics as Back Bay, Harvard Yard, The Lincoln Letter, City of Dreams and so many more, brings us his latest, December ’41. It’s a World War II thriller that combines remarkable  history with a fictionalized plot that has Nazis in America plotting to kill FDR on Christmas eve of that year.  Bill is at the top of his game with this new book.  Join us as we talk it up with one of America’s greatest novelists.
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Award-winning author and historian Nancy Rubin Stuart joins us to talk about her new book, Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and he Other Women Behind the Founding Father.
 
Nancy does a terrific job uncovering the story of Ben Franklin’s romantic and flirtatious relationships with women.  It’s a beautifully written snapshot of life in colonial times at the birth of a nation.  The women of the era finally have their stories told and readers will come away with a new sense of understanding for them and for Dr. Franklin.
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Tammy Gooler Loeb is a top rated career and executive coach with a new book that many will find helpful as they look to “reinvent themselves.” We explore some of the helpful info and lessons in Work from the Inside Out: Break Through Nine Common Obstacles and Design a Career That Fulfills You.
 
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Today we talk about a taboo subject for many. It’s a conversation about death, transition and how  trained, empathetic people like today’s guest Stephanie Garry, Executive VP for Communal Partnership at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel help people get through difficult life events. We then take a little detour and chat with Stephanie about what she does outside of her “day job.”  She is an accomplished actor with many national television spots to her credit!

 
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Meet the author of a different kind of war memoir.  Tom Keating has written Yesterday’s Soldier about his experiences about his coming of age in the turbulent 1960’s.  On his way to becoming an ordained priest, a series of life altering detours places him in Vietnam.  There he is trained as a war-fighter, only to have a greater battle with his conscience.  As he aptly says, “ My book is dedicated to all who object to waging war and do the hard work of waging peace.”  It’s a tale well worth sharing.
 
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Meet a thought and action leader who is tackling the challenges that women of color face in the corporate world head on. Deepa Purushothaman is co-founder of nFormation, a company for women of color by women of color. Her new book is entitled, The First, The Few, The Only:  How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America. We talk about how business must evolve and the important role women of color, who have the skills and talent to merit advancement, can and should evolve as key leaders.
 
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Getting a chance to catch up with standup star Steve Sweeney is always fun. We chat about Steve’s work on stage as an impressionist and storyteller, how comedy has come under attack in some circles, what it is that makes Boston just a funny environment and more. Steve is standup royalty and it’s a kick getting a chance to chat with him!
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Kim Dower’s poetry is powerful, moving and eminently readable .  The Los Angeles Times describes her work as “sensual and evocative…seamlessly combining humor and heartache…” We know you’ll agree her poetry connects with audiences and is something special.  We’ll discuss her latest anthology, perfect for Mother’s Day,  I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom
 
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The Star of Prairie Home Companion and Lake Wobegon’s most famous son is back to share stories, humor and wisdom.  It’s a return appearance for Garrison Keillor,  here to talk about two new book projects, “Boom Town: A Lake Wobegon Novel,” and Serenity at 70, Gaiety at 80,” a funny and thoughtful treatise on aging.   As always the conversation is lively and fun. Enjoy!
 
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Meet the man that supervillains with megalomania have been waiting for!  He’s the inimitable Ryan North, the creator and author of Dinosaur Comics who has also  written for the comic series Adventure Time and Marvel Comics’ The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.   Ryan is a New York Times best-selling author who happens to be a pretty sharp science guy.  His “sinister” masterpiece is his latest  book, “How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain,” and it’s laugh out loud funny with the coolest approach to scientific possibilities.  Of course, you’re best not to try any of Ryan’s scenarios at home!
 
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He’s back with another thriller and that’s all we need to know to welcome Brad Meltzer back to On Mic! Brad’s latest is entitled, “The Lightning Rod,” and wait to you read about more of America’s deepest secrets.  As always, Brad researches and unveils hidden history in his latest novel. We suggest you hold on tight for an unbelievable ride!
 
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A creative force on Broadway and beyond, theatre producer Rashad Chambers joins us to talk about his work producing a variety of plays and musicals, including his latest off-Broadway production of “Little Girl Blue,” a musical about the life and times of Nina Simone.  Rashad is a rising star in the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of theatre.
 
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Meet one of this era’s finest jazz singers.   Not only does Amanda Carr have a talented hold on the Great American Songbook, she is a musician of many talents, composing, play many instruments, recording, teaching and more.  Amanda’s music touches the heart and soul of audiences.  But she offers so much more as a person.  Enjoy a conversation with a creative dynamo who we’re honored to call our friend!
 
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Dr. Barry Taylor, ND is a naturopathic healer of the first order. Over many decades he has helped thousands with his “Love Your Body” program, a well balanced approached to healing and achieving vibrant health. His new book tells the story in depth  We will talk with him about “Love Your Body: Your Path to Transformation, Health and Healing.” For those who are tired of merely treating symptoms or putting up with disease, Dr. Taylor offers healthy, science-based alternatives to healing.
 
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A fascinating true crime story comes to life with acclaimed writer Ron Franscell joining us to talk about his new book, “ Shadow Man: An Elusive Psycho Killer and the Birth of FBI Profiling.  Ron’s non-fiction reporting in this one will have readers on the edge of their seats as the FBI races to stop a murdered before he kills again!
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Carmen Mariano is one of the most amiable chaps you’ll ever meet. Now in his seventies, he has been in school as a student, teacher, coach or administrator since he was 6. In that time, Carmen has earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The Catholic University of America, a Master’s degree from The Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Boston College.  He  developed long lasting friendships as teacher, mentor and coach. And Carmen is also a nifty collector of stories. Long and short tales that entertain, inspire and make one think.  He’s crafted a terrific book on the subject called “The Strength of a Story,” the perfect guest for our podcast that celebrates conversation!
 
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It’s the return of one of our favorites, a thriller writer and story teller of the first order Erica Ferencik.  She’s taken us to the raging rivers of the Allagash Wilderness to the mysterious and deadly Amazon jungles and now in her latest book,  “Girl in Ice” to the frozen tundra that is Greenland.  Her novels are brimming with suspense and gripping characters, with Erica’s tales of researching her locales just as fascinating!
 
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After receiving a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (2004), Todd Kashdan founded the Well-Being Lab at George Mason University which has produced over 210 peer-reviewed journal articles on well-being and resilience, psychological flexibility, meaning and purpose in life, curiosity, and managing social anxiety.  Todd has authored several books and today we talk about his latest entitled “The Art of Insubordination.”    He offers practical ways to speak up for yourself and for what’s right, all of it based on hard science and humanity, not to mention a great sense of humor! 
 
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Meet retired Watertown, Massachusetts police officer Jeff Pugliese who served his community proudly for decades. Jeff went beyond the call of duty when he faced down one of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombers, likely saving many innocent lives. Jeff shares personal details about the night he engaged in the gun battle heard around the world. 
 
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We are thrilled to welcome back broadcast newsman and interviewer extraordinaire Bill Diehl, longtime ABC  Radio Network star who has a terrific new book called “50 Years of Celebrity Chatter: (Or the Time I Interviewed a Porn Star Naked)” Intrigued by the title?  Of course you are.   So many celebrity stories coming your way as we chat with Bill!
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A pleasure to welcome back movie maven John DiLeo, author of several wonderful books about film. His latest is called “There Are No Small Parts: 100 Outstanding Film Performances with Screen Time of 10 Minutes or Less.“ For anyone who loves movies, particularly those standout characters, grab some popcorn and enjoy the conversation!
 
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Long-time broadcaster, writer and documentarian Bill Lichtenstein joins us to talk about the film and his accompanying book on the history of the groundbreaking radio station WBCN.  The book is entitled, “WBCN and the American Revolution: How a Radio Station Defined Politics, Counterculture, and Rock and Roll.” For lovers of radio, music and history, settle in for a fascinating conversation!
 
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With diabetes at dangerously high levels around the globe, the need for more affordable and available insulin is greater than ever. Today’s guest is Eric Moyal who is tackling  the problem head on with a grass roots nonprofit organization called  Project Insulin.  Eric and his colleagues are passionate about helping people get the medicines they need. We’re happy to promote this needed and uplifting movement!
 
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Enjoy a treat for listeners and a personal favorite of your humble host.  We welcome the New York Times best-selling author Jackie Mitchard, with her new engaging  novel “The Good Son.”  From her first breakout novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, to today, Jackie continues to shine as  one of our culture’s finest storytellers.
 
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Justin Spizman is an award-winning and bestselling author, ghostwriter, editor, and proposal writer with several fascinating non-fiction sports related books to his credit. Today we talk with Justin about his latest entitled, “Coach: The Greatest Teachers in Sports and Their Lessons for Us All.” Prepare  to be inspired!
 
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Today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Arnold Arboretum in the City of Boston.  Joining us is  Tanya Holton, Director of Institutional Advancement , with exciting news about this  thriving living museum of trees, flowers and plant species, one of nature’s  crown jewels, part of the famed “Emerald Necklace.”
 
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Movie fans, we go to town with film buff Chris DiZio, host of the new podcast “The Cult Film Companion.” Find out what qualifies as cult and join us as we make a deep dive into favorites of many with the King of Cult Chris D!
 
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On today’s episode we talk theatre, going “backstage” with the talented  Erica Daniels-Strater.   Erica has  spent many years in casting, producing and theatre management.  Among her many accomplishments, she was Associate Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, founded by actor Gary Sinese and has worked on several  Broadway productions, as well as serving as the Theatre Department Coordinator at the William Morris Agency in New York.
 
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Meet one of the country’s top sports broadcast journalists who wears many hats these days. He’s Gary Tanguay, longtime TV and radio sports talk host and reporter who moonlights as an actor in major motion films produced in New England. Gary is also a fine writer who has just published his first novel “The Arm and the Fall,” a satirical, hysterically funny action-adventure mystery about the murder of a star quarterback right before the Super Bowl. Wait till you meet up with Gary’s cast of characters and hear his take on the sports world!
 
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Kerri Maher is the highly acclaimed  novelist whose stories shed light on fascinating aspects of 20th century history.   Her first best-selling novel, “The Kennedy Debutante,” the story of JFK’s younger sister Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy coming of age in war torn London, arrived in 2018.  Then came “The Girl in the White Gloves: A Novel of Grace Kelly.”  Her latest one, “The Paris Bookseller,”  is about trailblazing entrepreneur Sylvia Beach, owner of  the original Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris, where Sylvia took on one of history’s most famous censorship  cases.  Join us as we take you to Paris of the 1920’s!
 
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We get a chance to share stories with another legendary music photographer. On today’s episode a conversation with the great Leo Gozbekian who has catalogues many iconic photos in a book called  “All Access Concert & Backstage Photos: A Photo Essay of My Journey as a Music Photographer.” For music fans this is must reading with a fascinating story behind each pic!
 
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Meet one of the nicest guys in radio, veteran broadcaster Mike Morin, longtime morning man in Boston and new Hampshire.  Mike has also worked his on-air magic in Washington, D.C., New York City, Detroit and Toledo.  He’s an accomplished writer appearing regularly in the Nashua Telegraph as well as New Hampshire Magazine and the Boston Globe.  He’s got several books under his belt with a new one coming out about the famed Red Arrow Diner in New Hampshire.   Two radio vets sharing war stories is bound to be fun!
 
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TV news anchor and CEO and Founder of Brunner Communications Liz Brunner makes a return appearance to talk up her fabulous new book “Dare to Own You: Taking Your Authenticity and Dreams into Your Next Chapter.”  Liz is all about breaking through with your best self and shares more of her personal journey, a fascinating and inspiring life!
 
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Meet the walking, talking encyclopedia of politics!  Rich Rubino is the go-to source for  all things pertaining to civics, the U.S. politic infrastructure and of course the behind-the-scenes stories that make national and local politics so much fun.  He’s written several cool books including his latest, “ The Great American Political Trivia Challenge: Political Trivia on Steroids.”
 
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Julie Scolnik is an extraordinary musician who tells an enchanting story of romance, passion, heartbreak and resilience in her beautiful memoir “Paris Blue.”  The book whisks readers away to Paris, where we experience the sights, sounds, tastes and art of the City of Lights through the eyes of a young American student swept away by her first love affair. An affair with an arc that doesn’t always mean happiness.
 
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We welcome back the talented and irrepressible Linda Chorney, singer, songwriter, producer, actress and two time Grammy nominee.   Today, Linda tells us about her latest nomination and like her first in 2012, this one is not without its share of controversy.  Join us as we talk  about award show politics,  fighting for what’s right and how indie musicians deserve respect.  Linda is an artist who walks the walk and doesn’t ever let “The Man” push her around!
 
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Lynn Hightower is the international best-selling author of numerous mysteries including her popular Sonora Blair and Lena Padget series. 
She has also penned many standalone books including her latest called “The Enlightenment Project” a supernatural thriller involving demonic possession and cutting edge science.  Best selling author Lee Child calls it ,” A spooky, suspenseful masterpiece.  Super recommended!”   We know you’ll find the conversation today fascinating!
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In our premier episode of 2022, we salute the U.S.foreign service officers who do so much to insure our nation’s security. Our guest is former state department official Gregory Hicks who served on many fronts including his pivotal mission in Libya before and during the Benghazi terror attacks in 2012. He reflects on lessons learned following that terrible incident as well as his numerous career highlights working overseas. Greg is currently communications director for Gemini Industries, a private firm working closely with the defense department in bolstering U.S. national security. Be sure to check out the earlier podcast interview with Gemini Founder Victoria Bondoc.
 
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Another friend joins us , this one a chronicler of our times with his great new book.   Meet celebrity photographer Allan Dines, who over a thrilling 30 year career, has been in the presence of tons of  famous stars.  His book , “ Front Row Center: How I Met Everyone” takes readers on a fun journey behind the scenes at concerts, clubs and arenas where Allan plied his trade and took scores of iconic photos.  There’s a story behind them all that he is happy to share!

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Talk about a guest who needs no introduction!  Leonard Maltin is famous for so many things—his huge annual movie guides, abundant knowledge and cataloguing of all things Disney, character actors and legendary filmmakers, and critiques of thousands of movies.  Now we get to read  about his lifelong love affair with movies and the stars in his new memoir, “Star Struck.” Fans of film history and lore  will enjoy hearing from this multifaceted chronicler of entertainment!
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Meet James Murphy, an educator and writing coach who has garnered rave reviews and an international fan base with his frightening “Terror Trilogy” of novels. The series is set in Northern Ireland where James makes his home. It’s the backdrop for a terrific series of thrillers in which an unlikely group of newly minted detectives race to catch a wily killer. We share thoughts on true crime along with the joys of reading and writing crafty mystery stories.
 
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Meet Attorney and Novelist Mike Papantonio,  senior partner at Levin Papantonio, one of the nation’s largest and most celebrated plaintiffs’ law firms. In court, Mike has taken on Big Pharma, the auto industry, tobacco, weapons manufacturers and more.  His exciting new novel “Inhuman Traffic: A Legal Thriller,” tackles the international scourge of human trafficking for sex work and slave labor.  It’s a super charged story based on actual experiences, impossible to put down!
 
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A brand new IMAX film invites you to explore the world’s most remote and beautiful caves.   “Ancient Caves” is a breathtaking documentary film featuring paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley on a mission to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s climate in the most unlikely of places: caves.  Joining us on the podcast to talk about the film is undersea photographer Jonathan Bird and writer/producer Art Cohen.
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Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. Dorie  teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School, and is a bestselling author with several books to her credit.  Her latest is entitled, “ The Long Game: How to be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World.”   Enjoy a conversation with one of the nation’s top coaches, a proven leader who has helped millions!
 
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Meet Brett Miller, a force of nature!   Brett is the author of an inspiring memoir, “It’s a Beautiful Day to save Lives: A Medic’s Journey to His Destiny.”
 
From life-saving situations on a plane to life-saving situations in the military, the author inevitably is placed right where he needs to be as if it was planned by the universe until the roller coaster of emotions and life’s pressure puts his own life in jeopardy.  He overcomes great challenge to ultimately create 110 Fitness, the first of its kind inclusive wellness center for individuals afflicted with disease and/or a development or physical disability.  Brett continues to save lives and his story will captivate you.
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Meet Juliette Fay, a Boston based best-selling novelist who has a gift for crafting “hard to put down” books. We will chat about her latest novel and its themes –addiction, meaningful relationships, baseball and more. Juliette shares how her unique background led to her writing successful novels. Enjoy a conversation with a smart, funny and compelling storyteller!

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Peter Funt joins us with funny stories about one of television’s most enduring and memorable shows, “Candid Camera.”  Created by Peter’s dad the late Allen Funt, “Candid Camera,”  became a cultural touchstone with Peter producing and hosting new versions of the show  for decades.  Peter Funt is also a respected columnist and professor of journalism.   Now, Peter Funt releases a hysterical memoir—sort of—called “Self-Amused: A Tell-Some Memoir.”  Smile!  You’re ON MIC with Jordan and Peter Funt!
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Boston’s “Queen of Cabaret” stops by and she’s brought her friends Tom LaMark leader of the Tom LaMark Orchestra  and playwright, author and actor Jack Neary.  The three are producing a one-woman show starring Carol entitled, “The Rat Pack…And Me,” coming up November 13th at the Club Café in Boston.  We talk  about “The Pack” —Frank, Dean, Sammy et al, as well as the music and culture of that sexy, swingin’ era.  Jack conceived of and directed the show and Carol, along with the fabulous Tom LaMark, delivers her usual powerhouse performance!
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Tom Nicoli is a nationally recognized, award-wining hypnotherapist and life coach.  He joins us to talk about the innate power  of the subconscious mind, how hypnotherapy has proven to help people manage pain, overcome fears, improve performance as well as overall  health.    He founded “International Hypnotism Day” and is a sought after leader in the field of personal improvement. Tom is a positive force of nature  and super inspiring.  Sit back and  learn about the path to “A Better You!”
 
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Meet Victoria Bondoc, the dynamic founder and CEO of Gemini Industries, providing highly  critical  U.S. defense solutions during challenging times.  She is the author of “Mission Impossible? The Power of the Gemini Way,” helping readers  seize the power to set bold goals, persevere through difficult times, and succeed.   Victoria shares her own story of resilience and we focus on the incredible courage and tenacity of our armed forces and what we can do to support them.
 
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Today we welcome  Dr. Christopher Quigley, author of “After the Crash : A Comprehensive Guide for Victims and Attorneys to Recover Your Health and Protect Your Rights.” Dr. Quigley  is chief chiropractor at Charles Street Family Chiropractic in Boston’s Back Bay.   For nearly three decades he and his skilled team of professionals have administered help to thousands of patients. Listen in as we discuss the benefits of chiropractic care, dispel any fears or myths some may have, and discuss current research and techniques that chiropractic uses in the healing process.
 
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David Skal is the expert on all things monsters! He’s the author of several great books on the horror films of Hollywood and the legend of Dracula.  A respected cultural historian, David is very proud to be known as a “monster kid,” and shares with us insight into the Universal move monsters and much more.  The perfect Halloween podcast for your listening pleasure!
 
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Andris Nelsons is the esteemed music director and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He joins us talk about the return of live music at Symphony Hall, the enormous impact music has on our lives, and his life path that has led him to conduct music across the world.
 
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Liz Hauck is the author of the highly acclaimed new book,  “Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing up — and What We Make When We Make Dinner.”
 
This young teacher tells the story of her living out a dream of her late father to begin a cooking program that would instill hope, dignity and a sense of community in the lives of troubled teenager.  Rich in character and dialogue, it’s a relatable tale that will touch your heart.
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Meet Martin Dugard, co-author of the mega-hit series of “Killing” history book thrillers with Bill O’Reilly.    Today Martin joins us to talk about a solo project entitled, “Taking Paris:   The Epic Battle for the City of Lights.”  It’s a fascinating inside look at the Nazi capture of Paris and the efforts of Charles De Gaulle, FDR, Churchill, General Patton and Eisenhower to recapture it from Rommel and Hitler. And shift momentum in Europe during WWII.
 
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T.F. Murphy is a Chicago-based writer who focuses on stories that probe the depths of human experience. He is educated in both philosophy and literature, as well as having a love of film, all of which influence his work. He’s an avid reader of classic literature, loves spending time in the great outdoors, and hopes to inspire others to think outside their comfort zone.   His opus of a debut sci-fi novel is entitled, “The Ways of God to Men, Vol 1”
 
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Today’s guest is definitely the bearer of  good news.  More specifically,  The Power of Good News, which just happens to be the title of his latest book.   Meet Hal Urban, writer and internationally renowned speaker who relays the research that shedding light on the positive is indeed much healthier for our brains, our hearts, our society.   It’s time to end bad news overload.  Hal is just the guy who can help!
 
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Bonnie Hagemann is the co-author of a new book called “The Courage to Advance: Real Life Resilience from the World’s Most Successful Women in Business.”
 
She interviewed dozens of women from around the world who have overcome challenges to reach the top of their professions.  One of the subjects in the book joins the discussion.  Roberta Sydney is a nationally recognized leader in board service and happens to be married to Jordan.  Women take the lead in today’s episode with inspiring stories for women and men alike!
 
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Rick Wills is one of Rock N Roll’s greatest bass guitarists.  This legendary artist got his start in Cambridge, England in the 1960’s and ultimately played with David Gilmour, Peter Frampton and of course the multi-platinum group Foreigner.   Rick is back on the road this summer with Foreigner and reflects on  the music business and how much fun he’s having today.
 
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Bob DiCicco is a strong advocate of the Great American Songbook, and as a fine singer and cabaret artist he has entertained thousands with his beautiful voice abilities as a storyteller.  But along with our  conversation today about music and art, Bob shares a personal tale of nearly losing his fight against Covid 19,  how he valiantly clawed his way back to health, and how appreciative he is of the fans and friends who were pulling for him.  It’s a story of rebirth and recovery that will stay with you.
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Meet Kate Isler, author of “Breaking Borders.”  She shares her incredible story of blazing business trails in the early days of Microsoft, uprooting her family to live in foreign lands,  and making more than just one leap of faith to pursue her dreams.
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From her unique vantage point, Diane Hessan paints a picture of a nation deeply divided by politics, but not as polarized as one might fear .  Diane is a superb listener, interviewer and journalist whose work is motivated by a deep sense of concern and patriotism, and she  shows us that our common ground crosses the partisan divide, and gives us hope that this country can rediscover its united purpose. We talk with Diane about her book, Our Common Ground.
 
 
 
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Innovation is alive and well! Meet one creative guy Steven Bock, Founder of a dynamic new marketing enterprise called Swaponz. It’s a challenge to succeed in a busy culture.  Listen to how one company is doing it!
 
 
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Matt Haig is an international best selling author with over three million books sold.  His children’s books, novels and works of non-fiction have delighted fans around the world.  The author of the award winning novel “The Midnight Library” is out with his latest called “The Comfort Book. ”   I think you’ll agree, it’s just what the doctor ordered for a stressed out world.
 
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Dan Bullock is a language and communications specialist/trainer at the United Nations Secretariat, training diplomats and global UN staff.   Dan is also a college professor at NYU with expertise in languages, negotiation and communication. Raúl Sánchez is an award-winning clinical assistant professor and the corporate program coordinator at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. He has designed and delivered corporate trainings for Deloitte and the United Nations, as well as been a writing consultant for Barnes & Noble Press and PBS.   Together they have authored the most engaging and entertaining study on communication in a book called, “How to Communicate Effectively—with Anyone, Anywhere.”  I just had to communicate with these two gents!
 
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Dick Syatt is a long-time friend and colleague who has loved radio since he was a kid.  He began his talk radio career very early in major markets such as Dallas before making his way to Boston to launch WRKO The Talk Station some decades back.  He’s a fine interviewer and raconteur with limitless curiosity and energy.  Dick also developed and hosted  the iconic Hotline Dating Show on radio, long before online matches became the rage.  Settle back and enjoy a fun trip down radio memory lane with a great pal!
 
 
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Today we welcome Bob Katzen, entertainer, disc jockey, reporter and nostalgia fan.  Something unscripted and hilarious happens as Bob REFUSES to talk about himself.  Instead the tables are turned and he interviews old Jordan@chartproductions.comTurned out to be a lot of fun for me and I hope you  enjoy some of the backstory that this  probing journalist and wise guy uncovers!
 
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Don Bentley is an American of service with a background that sounds more like that of a fictional hero. He was an Apache helicopter pilot winning medals for service in Afghanistan, then a special agent for the FBI and a member of the elite Dalla Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. He’s also a best-selling novelist of the Matt Drake thriller series. Now Don is stepping into the Tom Clancy universe , penning the new Jack Ryan Jr. action packed thriller “Target Acquired.” You won’t be able to put it down!
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For years women have made up the majority of college-educated workers in the country.  Still the wage gape persists and women are underrepresented in the workforce, particularly in leadership positions.  Harvard Business School professors Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg explain  why the disparity still exists and what is being done to correct it.  Their book “Glass Half-Broken: Shattering the Barriers that Still Hold Women Back at Work” is a superb resource for managers and leaders at all levels!
 
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It’s one of the hottest books of the summer and we’re thrilled  welcome the author.  She’s Mary Dixie Carter with her debut novel “The Photographer,” now garnering terrific reviews.  Mary offers insight into this intriguing psychological thriller, what she believes makes for a successful novel, and she loving recalls her famous show-biz parents, the late Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook.   Conversation with a writer’s writer!

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Meet a young man who has never let physical limitations slow down his dream of writing and performing music.  I met Michael Maloney when he was barely into his teens.  His parents were Michael’s  number one promoters and hoped that I would mention him on-air.  Once I heard his music and learned more about this remarkable young man, I just had to invite him to join us in studio.  He wowed the audience and since then has been composing and performing both in the U.S. and Europe. His music is heartfelt, a style reminiscent of Paul McCartney.  And his story is worth hearing!
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Guy Finley is the founder of the Life of Learning Spiritual Foundation Center, a world-wide organization mentoring and inspiring hundreds of thousands.  His books and coaching address practical life issues as well as crises, love, spirituality, centeredness and more.  He’s a longtime friend and today we focus on his latest book, “”Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together.” is the founder of the Life of Learning Spiritual Foundation Center, a world-wide organization mentoring and inspiring hundreds of thousands.  His books and coaching address practical life issues as well as crises, love, spirituality, centeredness and more.  He’s a longtime friend and today we focus on his latest book, “”Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together.”
 
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Meet an extraordinary talent, a woman who does it all musically!  As a singer,  Krisanthi Pappas has been compared to Carole King, Norah Jones  and Diana Krull, with “the husky-voiced passion of Bonnie Raitt and the swinging playfulness of Ella Fitzgerald.   She is also a prolific composer and producer who has toured this country as well as Europe and the Caribbean.  We’ll preview her new song “Hug a Million Times,” a timely, heartwarming anthem  celebrating the return to normalcy following the earth changing pandemic.  So happy to share Krisanthi’ s  story and some of her sweet music with you.
 
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Kaleel Sakakeeny is one of a handful of ordained Animal Chaplains and Credentialed Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselors  in the United States.  Reverend Sakakeeny is here to share stories of his work with people and pets,  addressing  questions of love, loss and the unique relationships we have with our animal companions.
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Meet an extraordinary talent, a woman who does it all musically!  As a singer,  Krisanthi Pappas has been compared to Carole King, Norah Jones  and Diana Krull, with “the husky-voiced passion of Bonnie Raitt and the swinging playfulness of Ella Fitzgerald.   She is also a prolific composer and producer who has toured this country as well as Europe and the Caribbean.  We’ll preview her new song “Hug a Million Times,” a timely, heartwarming anthem  celebrating the return to normalcy following the earth changing pandemic.  So happy to share Krisanthi’ s  story and some of her sweet music with you.
 
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In a special bonus podcast, we’re proud to chat with CEO of Boston MedFlight Maura Hughes.  Boston MedFlight is a nonprofit organization that provides transport to the sickest of the sick, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. For 35 years, Boston MedFlight has been the region’s primary provider of critical care medical transport by air and ground, caring for more than 4,700 patients annually, including the most critically ill and injured infants, children and adults.