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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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.