All posts by Dan Thibeault

Ed Asner -119



Meet a Hollywood and TV legend just turning 90 who isn’t showing any signs of slowing down!  He’s 7-time Emmy winner Ed Asner, actor, activist, philanthropist.  Ed is in town with his one-person show, “A Man and his Prostate,” at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts.  He’s touring the country in this humorous, touching play about the journey of one man dealing with prostate cancer and treatment. Famous for his portrayal of  Lou Grant,  “Roots,” The Old Man in “Up,” and  for dozens of TV and film roles, Ed Asner continues to reign as one of our most beloved actors. Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com.


JP O’Donnell -118



Meet JP O’Donnell, a retired dentist and professor who decided to take a crack at writing a captivating detective novel.  He did, with two more to follow.  JP (aka Joe) has written “Fatal Gamble,” “Deadly Codes,” and “Pulse of My Heart,” all of them featuring a tough Boston PI named Gallagher.  Joe has enjoyed much success with the books and was lucky enough to attract the attention of Hollywood.  A feature length motion pictured called “Bent” (2018) was produced based on a combination of plot points in the novels.  The film starred Karl Urban and Sofia Vergara.
Joe is hard at work on his next one and has even published his first children’s book. I was honored to be the narrator for all three Gallagher audio books and can’t wait to work on the next one.  We talk detectives, really colorful bad guys, sitting on set watching one’s characters come to life and more! Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com.


Paula PK Norton -117



Paula ‘PK’ Norton might look like the friendliest of neighbors (and I’m sure she is) but she leads a double life.  Paula is an up and coming mystery novelist whose books featuring insurance investigator Amy Lynch are captivating readers and gathering fans from all over.  Paula herself was in the insurance business and her experiences sparked the birth of Amy and her need to get to the truth.   There are currently three books in the series “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death, “Dead Drop” and  “Deep Secrets”  with many more in the pipeline.   The author is also a proud member of Sisters in Crime and the Cape Cod Writers Association.  Way to go Paula for living your dream and entertaining readers! Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com.


Brad Meltzer Returns! -116



A returning guest, my dear friend Brad Meltzer is back to talk about his ever growing series of books for young readers in the “I Am” series.  His latest entries are “I am Walt Disney” and “I am Marie Curie.”  The series is beautifully illustrated and presents to young readers leaders from all aspects of history and culture.  The books inspire children to look up to those who exhibit bravery, integrity, character, creativity and more.  Brad is also a best selling novelist, historian, TV producer and host and like me, a fan of the Man of Steel!  Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com.


Dr. Mardy Grothe -115



Dr. Mardy Grothe has a rich background as a psychologist, management consultant , speaker and prolific author.  Words are his business for sure.  He’s penned a slew of wonderful books about our language including “I Never Metaphor I didn’t Like,” Oxymoronica,”  “Metaphors be with You,” (my favorite title ever), and now is turning his attention to the phenomenon that is Donald Trump in “Deconstructing Trump: The Trump Phenomenon through the Lens of Quotation History.”  How do the thoughts and quotations of great thinkers through the ages apply to today?  Listen here to find out.  Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com.


Steven Karidoyanes -114



Steven Karidoyanes is an accomplished conductor, musician, composer and broadcaster, now in his 26th season leading the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. This is also his 16th season conducting the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony, leading concerts in Boston’s most prestigious concert venues and in past concert tours of Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, Ireland and Spain. Steven’s love and appreciation for classical music and his natural abilities as a master showman make him one of the most respected conductors in his field.

Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com


Justin Locke -113



Justin Locke is a man of many talents.  First off he’s an acclaimed musician, having played bass for nearly two decades with the famed Boston Pops working with such luminaries as Arthur Fielder, Leonard Bernstein and Henry Mancini. Justin has also composed music including a hilarious symphonic spoof in a courtroom setting called “Peter Vs. The Wolf.”  It has been performed in concert halls around the world. His books include “Real Mean Don’t Rehearse,” “Principles of Applied Stupidity,” and his latest “The Handyman’s Guide to the Galaxy: Adventures in Professional Home Repair.”  Be prepared to take the plunger and get out your glue gun as we talk with one of my more eclectic guests!

Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com


Jim Redfearn -112



Jim Redfearn is a well-respected retired Massachusetts State Trooper and a man of many skills.  Following his 21-year career on the force as a patrol officer and investigator, he served as an academy instructor.  Jim worked as a private investigator for one of Boston’s top law firms.  He’s also been an industrial commercial photographer for Edgerton, Germeshausen & Grier, a  company specializing in nuclear testing, marine studies and high speed photography. Today his passion is writing and on the podcast we’ll look at two of his thrilling police novels, each based on historical events, “The Rising at Roxbury Crossing,” about the 1919 Boston police strike and “An Appointed Time,” a story about the largest manhunt in Massachusetts state history.

Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com


Garrison Keillor -111



He’s one of America’s great storytellers.  Meet radio talent, writer, producer, musician and humorist Garrison Keillor. Garrison talks with us about the origination of the beloved Prairie Home Companion radio show along with his work as a prolific writer of  best-selling novels and non-fiction books and essays.  He is currently on the road with live “Lake Wobegon” shows, playing to sold out audiences around the country.  Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com.

 


Yannetty & The 7 Fingers -110



In this two-part episode, meet a very funny guy stand-up comic, actor and voice-over artist Joe Yannetty.  He’s worked all over the world and is a master craftsman when it comes to comedy.  Joe also faced the life threatening challenge of cancer and beat it.  Hear how his perspective on life, love and comedy have evolved.

Then, we have  entertainers who use their bodies to create theatrical shows thrilling audiences all over the world.  Brin and Sabine are with the international troupe “The 7 Fingers,” set to open at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston this September.  They’re known for their acrobatic precision and athleticism.  Meet these young artists who wow spectators with incredible  feats of strength and dexterity.

Learn more about your host Jordan Rich at chartproductions.com.