The Toby Gribben Show Highlights
Margaret Mitchell Faiver
Season 2022, Ep. 275
As a child, Margaret, then called Peggie, walked alone through the hills of Western Pennsylvania imagining tales of wild adventures in mysterious lands. There, amidst the fields of corn, waves of wheat, and thickets of the woods, the seeds of her life as a writer were sown. Following a lifetime of service to others as a mother and wife and as a church musician and piano teacher to hundreds of students, Margaret retrieved the volumes of writings she had kept to herself and claimed her true passion—storytelling.In what she terms “the last trimester of my life,” she lives by the motto, If not now, when? In the past decade, she has earned a B.A. in English from Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The stories she pens span the genres of mysteries, historical fiction, and what she has coined, “historical horror,” macabre tales imagined in the lives of figures from the past. Her work has appeared in Sans Merci Literary Magazine, and Boshemia. Running from Her Feet is her debut novel.Margaret lives in a log cabin in the heart of heaven, the Appalachian Mountains, with her husband, Rick, and their dog-child, Heidi.
Season 2022, Ep. 274
In Brett Puffinburger's book 'The Flames Of Destiny', Princess Evangeline is about to face the biggest hurdle of her life: arranged marriage. But two traumatic events change her destiny forever, and not only hers. A mysterious boy with but a letter for a name has been forced to face her obstacles with her. This is the first story in a series with two people from very different backgrounds facing destiny together.
Season 2022, Ep. 273
Craig Shemin is a former Jim Henson Company staff writer and currently serves as the President of The Jim Henson Legacy. Shemin began his career with Henson as a college intern during the summer of 1987. After he graduated, he was hired in the Public Relations Department, during which time he also worked with the Jim Henson Archives. By 1996, however, he had transitioned to writing, contributing to a wide array of programming, merchandising, and appearances.In TV, Shemin served as writer and consultant (and sometimes lyricist) for the first season of The Wubbulous World of Dr Seuss and received a Writer's Guild of America Award nomination for his work on the show. For the Hallmark Channel, Craig co-wrote all 26 episodes of Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola and contributed to two seasons of Donna's Day. Shemin also co-wrote a single episode of Dog City ("Comedy of Horrors").For Jim Henson's Muppet Stories book series, Shemin wrote three short stories for The Muppet Show characters as illustrated by Richard Walz: "Let Me Help!" and "Forgetful Rowlf" from Off to Storyland, and "Hot Off the Presses" from Cozy Campfire Stories.In the multi-media realm, Shemin scripted two 1996 video games, Muppets Inside and Muppet Treasure Island, as well as MuppetWorld.com's MuppeToon series and the lyrics to the "Muppets Party Cruise Rag." In the publishing realm, he helped Miss Piggy with her 1996 cookbook, In the Kitchen with Miss Piggy, coined the title for One Frog Can Make a Difference, and contributed humorous text and character quotes to The Muppets Big Book of Crafts. He also wrote material for countless Muppet press interviews and appearances, and text for innumerable licensed products, such as the Palisades action figures.In 2001, he hosted the second day of MuppetFest, and with Jim Lewis, co-wrote The Muppet Show Live. He also scripted the concerts Jim Henson's Musical World in 2012 and The Jim Henson Retrospectacle Live in Concert in 2018. Shemin has hosted numerous Henson-related screenings, panels, and events, as well as prepared video content for said events. He currently serves as a "guest curator" for the Museum of the Moving Image's "Jim Henson's World" screening series.In recent years, Shemin researched and wrote the liner notes for Music, Mayhem and More!, co-wrote the "Muppet Morsels" feature on The Muppet Show Season 1 DVD, and produced the extras on the 2005 Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas DVD, including directing and editing the behind-the-scenes featurette. He also directed a documentary on Muppet photographer John Barrett for The Muppets Say Cheese, a 2005/06 exhibition of Barrett's work at New York's Museum of Television and Radio. He also hosted a feature for the Dinosaurs DVD set. In 2014, Shemin wrote and compiled The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, a 200-page guide to The Muppets characters released by DK Publishing. Shemin later penned Sam and Friends: The Story of Jim Henson's First Television Show, published in 2022.
Season 2022, Ep. 272
Alpha Circle is a band, made up of 2 Englishmen and 2 Spaniards, that hangs the "sold-out" sign at each concert it performs, based on fresh and diverse music with influences from various genres, including pop, rock, country, funk, jazz and classic. One presenter described their sound as “surf pop-rock”. Its base is the luminous brit-pop of the best Lightning Seeds or Blur without forgetting rock. Their early hits have reached major radio stations in countries like England and the United States and the band has incredible numbers on platforms like Spotify with every single released. The band revolutionizes its audience at each concert both on large stages and in small venues.The Spanish band have just released their last single "1995", an indie-pop/disco track. Their previous single "Phoenix and Butterflies" recently won first place in Shout Radio's very own Toby Awards 2022. The song gained 68% of the votes among the other 29 nominees.Alpha Circle is based in Madrid and is comprised of Lee Chamberlain (frontman and voice), Simon Richman (drums and voice) and Alberto Garcia (guitar) - they've been also accompanied by Lewis Ceballos (bass), Iker Arranz (bass in recordings) and Dj Moderno (bass in live shows).
Sharique Zea’s new fantasy and adventure novel provides the perfect escapism for those looking to embark on an exciting journey. The Unloved Boy follows the protagonist Jason, who is an orphan and suffers abuse at the hands of his foster family. Jason’s life is full of betrayal, pain and sorrow but he does not let his circumstances get the better of him. Instead, Jason finds hope and by forming unlikely friendships Jason is able to discover a world beyond his wildest imagination. The Unloved Boy is a breathtaking journey about trauma, abuse and how Jason navigates these difficult emotions in a fantastical setting.
Season 2022, Ep. 271
Sometimes challenges in life have a way of making us feel like we’re all alone. Like no one could possibly understand our troubles. In Things Collected Along the Way, Wykinnya Whitehurst shares daily wisdom on how she overcame hurtful and disappointing experiences throughout her life. Her soul is poured out on each page to inspire readers to press through obstacles along their journey towards victory. You don’t have to face your challenges alone because God has sent hope through the words in this book—from Wykinnya’s heart to yours.
Season 2022, Ep. 270
Ken Hom OBE is the man who showed the British how to cook Asian food. A leading authority on Chinese cuisine, he is one of the most respected and celebrated TV chefs of all time. His phenomenal success is easily measured. He is the author of almost 40 books, which have inspired millions of home cooks around the world. And in Britain alone, the Ken Hom wok is found in one in seven kitchens. Ken Hom, who resides in France and in Thailand but travels tirelessly all over the world, continues to appear regularly as a celebrity chef, write books and keep involvement with restaurants worldwide. On any one day, when googling the name ‘Ken Hom’ the search brings back an amazing average of 45,600,00 results.Additionally, he has been one of the fathers in articulating what is now popularly known as ‘fusion cooking'. His seminal book called East Meets West Cuisine was published in 1986. It was his natural development of cultural experiences and elective affinities that lend to the blending of Eastern and Western foods, seasonings, and techniques derived from his family life, professional teaching career and travels. The success of the concept led him to create menus for airlines, and hotel restaurants worldwide as well as restaurant concepts over the last 45 years.Ken was born in 1949 in Tucson, Arizona, where his Cantonese parents had emigrated. After losing his father when he was just eight months old, his mother moved to Chicago to be with relatives. (In 2022, Ken’s father was honoured with the award of Congressional Gold Medal for his services during World War II). As Ken grew up, he found American food unpalatable compared to his mother’s cooking, so she used to send him to school with a flask of hot rice and stir-fried vegetables.Aged 11, he went to work in his uncle’s restaurant, where he earned the equivalent of 30 pence per day. At 19 he headed off to California to study art history and French history. To pay for his university fees he started to give cookery lessons and quickly realised that this was where his heart really laid – especially with his native Chinese cuisine. He soon started teaching first in his home, and then at the California Culinary Academy (a school for professional chefs in San Francisco). He also travelled to France and Italy to explore gastronomy further.
Chief William G Palmini Jr
Season 2022, Ep. 269
William G. Palmini, Jr., is Chief of the Department of Public Safety at Notre Dame de Namur (Belmont) and former Chief of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. He has 53 years of experience in police work, 25 years as an investigator and is a recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the 2010 National Elks, Enrique Camarena Drug Awareness Award. His fame as the original Elvis Cop follows him, and he occasionally performs at community events. His Elvis persona in police work earned him international media coverage and an honorary Gold Record Award from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Season 2022, Ep. 268
An internationally bestselling thriller writer, British author Peter James is the creator of the DS Roy Grace series as well as standalone thrillers – many of which have been adapted for film and television.The latest intensely gripping instalment in James' award-winning series finds Detective Superintendent Roy Grace plunged into the mystifying and exclusive world of fine art when a priceless painting turns up in a car boot sale.