21 episodes

Join host Todd Murat as he calls random strangers to help bring people together through authentic, old-school-style conversation. The ToddCast Show seeks to explore the human condition and make a positive change in the world. One stranger at a time...
This is a call-in show currently. Guests will call a local number in Arizona to be interviewed.
Join Todd as he takes one step towards building relationships with others and focusing on the moments, stories, and feelings that connect us all. Nothing is ever scripted, we don't discuss politics, and you'll never know who or what to expect next.
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Join host Todd Murat as he calls random strangers to help bring people together through authentic, old-school-style conversation. The ToddCast Show seeks to explore the human condition and make a positive change in the world. One stranger at a time...
This is a call-in show currently. Guests will call a local number in Arizona to be interviewed.
Join Todd as he takes one step towards building relationships with others and focusing on the moments, stories, and feelings that connect us all. Nothing is ever scripted, we don't discuss politics, and you'll never know who or what to expect next.
NEW EPISODES DROP ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS @ MIDNIGHT PACIFIC, 3AM EST.

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    Episode 021 The Media Man

    Episode 021 The Media Man

    Vinnie Potestivo joins us today from Brooklyn, New York. Has 2 siblings and parents separated during the fifth grade. His family faced issues with addiction. He thought he would end up in theater as a child, but ended up creating his own path to success. We discuss early influences to his career path and changes to television over the years, UFOs, and some popular shows he worked on. Vinnie shares perspective on how television influences differentiated throughout history.
    Powerful and terrifying...the two words Vinnie uses to describe his ascent to success. He works with celebrities and the general public to create impact through valuable programming. His worth with MTV spans across a plethora of well known shows and popular artists. His grandma introduced him to Frank Sinatra and older music, which influenced his eclectic tastes over the years. He has always enjoyed television more than music, it's about dissecting and analyzing the content and participant decisions.
    He became the first Talent Assistant for MTV and ended up managing and casting audiences for many popular shows over the years, including Ozzy Osborne, Punk'd, Mandy Moore, Beyonce, Runs House, and many others. He shares how transparency and focusing on the outcome works in the context of his work. We talk about how celebrities are off screen and camera - as real people.
    Vinnie shares how his sexuality as a gay person played a role in his personal and professional development during the 90s. We discuss story telling vs. story writing. Todd shares Mister Ballen on YouTube (an excellent story teller) and believes gay people are the top of the line in terms of creativity and innovation. He discusses how he had to learn to find friends and compatible people for his path in life – being gay, and the challenges that came along with it. He further shares how he sought acceptance throughout his life. He shares how his parents splitting up forced him to learn how to relate to people in a deeper way.
    Todd asks why people seem to have a sense of separation between gay and straight lifestyles. Vinnie reflects on biblical references to being gay and how vocabulary has changed over the years. He believes in God and discusses how society views these issues. Vinnie shares how he most enjoys being in the moment and present in his interactions with others.
    Today, Vinnie is a media advisor / creative economist. He helps people stand out in media and find what makes them successful and plugging that into creative content planning and execution. He offers valuable resources (Creator Hub) on his website to help people find awards and opportunities that help people stand out. He shares why awards are important and how easy they are to earn. Also, that getting a listing on IMDB is a valuable tool in any online marketing strategy.
    Vinnie shares why being a podcaster today is a solid investment of time and energy. Todd talks about how podcasting reminds him of old time radio and how that exposes human dynamics that people are hungry for. Finally, Vinnie shares that he enjoys working with all types of people and has something to offer most anyone who is seeking to expand their reach and success in pursuing their career path in media. Todd encourages others to start a podcast and explore the potential of their ideas.
    To learn more about Vinnie Postestivo, please visit: vpe.tv or ihaveapodcast.com

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    • 57 min
    Episode 020 - Embracing Our Differences

    Episode 020 - Embracing Our Differences

    Today we are joined by Debra E Blaine (61 years young) in Long Island, New York. Born and raised in Long Island, she moved to San Antonio and then Austin, Texas at age 16. She shares her story from early life and how she found her way to her path in life. As a Jewish person she shares her perspectives being misunderstood and judged by others. We discuss aspects of Jewish life and culture that led to developing her belief systems. She shares how she went from pursuing purpose to practicing medicine. Her faith is key in life, purpose and her connection to the earth.
    Both her parents and brother have passed away, but Debra recalls how her family influenced her faith. She majored in Hebrew and shares it's importance in her life. We discuss how people should be focused on things we share in common, rather than that which divides us. We talk about friendship and why some are meant to be long or short-term. In addition to medicine, Debra offers coaching to help people find the strength in identity to have healthier lives. We discuss the silent majority in culture over time.
    Debra reminds that life is not just black and white. More people would benefit from being in the middle and addressing fears that prevent authentic expression. We discuss how people form opinions without even having the information to back up their perspectives. The sheep effect, if you will. Todd shares his Landmark Forum experience and talks about “things we know, things we don't know, and things we don't know we don't know”. We talk about how extremism is created and invades society and that it's the people's responsibility to educate themselves. Debra shares that we should accept one another and learn from our differences.
    Debra shares how her writing “truth in fiction” helps others learn from our differences. Todd shares how he feels differences make relationship more interesting and fulfilling. Debra reminds that life should be a win-win. Through people's need for community and connection people have become extreme due to choosing “sides” and engaging in conflict, rather than agreement in addressing differences. We discuss helping those in need and how we should all be in agreement to save the planet. Debra shares how her characters explore challenging and engaging topics.
    Todd shares how his podcast guests have taught him many valuable lessons that are all similar, yet unique. He shares how these lessons remind us to love ourselves and others, and to live in a spiritual way. Debra shares that we should also forgive ourselves in the process of loving. In order to love another, we must love ourselves first. Truth must be maintained in the context of perspective. We talk about how even though we are different, we are all human beings with feelings, lives, and purpose.
    Debra shares information about her books and what readers can expect reading her material. Her writing style is “truth in fiction”, science fiction”, and “thriller”. Her stories and characters reflect reality and exploring real life topics through the characters. She explores eternal questions in her books in a compelling manner that teaches us how we can change to make a better world together. We wrap up discussing various topics and perspectives from her book series.

    To learn more about Debra E Blaine or discover her coaching, please visit: debrablaine.com

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 019 From Addiction to Success

    Episode 019 From Addiction to Success

    Daniel Blue joins us today, sharing his life and thoughts about living in Las Vegas. He faced an Oxycontin addiction at the early age of 18. Not until his daughter was born at age 19 did he get clean by changing his environment. He moved from St. George Utah to Las Vegas to get clean. Having both parents and siblings growing up, Daniel recalls family life and when his dad left (at age 12) to Mexico. This led to drug abuse and stagnation during high school and a short stint in college.
    His family encouraged success in Daniel's early life. He remains very close with his siblings. His desire to share his newly born daughter led to him forgiving his father and re-connecting to heal their relationship. Todd asks how to deal with the baggage of having estranged family members. Daniel shares how forgiveness gives us peace and releases the negative energy that we often hold onto. It took him 8 years to process this in his own experience.
    One Thanksgiving he found himself withdrawing from oxy, his daughter was just 6 months old, and he finally saw the need to change his life. He took action within a week and never looked back. He discusses the challenges of drug addiction as a parent and how he found his way out. Todd and Daniel talk about places they used to live in Southern California. They both miss the ocean.
    Through changing his environment and staying connected to successful, motivated people, he has found solid ground for his life to flourish. To meet these people, Daniel shares that he goes to networking events and other places where like minded people congregate. We talk about what makes young people want to use drugs and how to avoid it. Daniel shares that life is short and we must cherish it to the fullest. Finding himself in the face of adversity was largely influenced by his daughter. He wanted to be a great dad.
    He started Quest Education to teach people how to access their money tax free, and leverage retirement account financing in innovative ways. His business teaches how to minimize tax liability and maximize their long term savings. Todd and Daniel talk about retirement, crypto and nfts. Helping others prepare for retirement and manage retirement assets is his life's mission. He reminds us we all have an expiration date in life and to never be afraid to lose.
    To learn more about Daniel Blue please visit: https://danielblue.me

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    • 59 min
    Episode 018 - Amazing Young Author

    Episode 018 - Amazing Young Author

    Shanti Hershenson joins us from San Diego, California on today's episode to share her inspiring perspectives as a 14 year old author of 18 books, 11 successfully published. In just 2 years she dedicated her time, imagination and energy to producing not only a pathway to her future, but a series of valuable written resources for everyone to enjoy. As the youngest person to be featured on The ToddCast Show, Shanti shares an inspiring sense of certainty and wisdom in her creative abilities that she recalls from a very early age. Raised by 2 parents, still together after 30+ years Shanti has a twin sister who also pursues a passion for artistic expression through jewelry making. From just the 6th grade, she sensed something was unique about her and that is when she knew her life would be different. That was when she began writing books in school, which would ultimately inspire and feed her passion for fiction and science fiction writing.
    A true digital native, this Gen Z author seems decades ahead of herself and finds her inspiration in real life situations and relationships. The inspiration of her parents and supportive nature of her family have been instrumental in fueling her ongoing success. She doesn't spend time playing video games, but instead focuses on creating inspiring and insightful stories in the fiction genre. She's also an advocate for anti-bullying and as a victim of bullying herself, she wrote a book addressing this issue that became her most popular book - to her surprise. She knew that helping people was what she came here to do and remains productive in doing so by writing 1000-2000 words every day and maintaining a balance between work, health and play time.
    We discuss various aspects of her writing and her focus to pursue her career in writing. As an author, she targets a young adult audience, but shares that her books are for every age group. Shanti shares how it works to become a self-published author and what others can do to pursue writing as well. She explains that each book each has their own special messages and through her creative imagination she cleverly weaves imagination and real life experience in a way that has to be read to truly appreciate. For others wanting to become writers, Shanti shares her belief that anyone can pursue writing, and nobody is too young or old to write or be published. She offers that clearing your mind and simply writing on a blank page is a great way to get started.
    Shanti's books reflect a part of herself hidden within the imaginary world of her stories. She plans to go on to college to further her education and pursuit of a career in writing. She is well on her way. For those interested in fiction writing and a unique perspective, Shanti's books deliver in a special way. She wraps up by reminding us that age does not define talent, but that effort and work does. She even built her own website, which in itself is pretty awesome. To understand her story is to be inspired by a well-mannered young person who demonstrates what hard work can deliver. And she does it in record time. This is a great story of success and a glimpse into the world of a young person taking a different path in life - and doing so at a remarkably young age.
    To learn more about Shanti and discover her writings, please visit: shantihershenson.com

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    • 55 min
    Episode 017 - Breast Cancer Survivor Wisdom

    Episode 017 - Breast Cancer Survivor Wisdom

    In today's episode, Juni Bucher joins us from Portland, Oregon. A breast cancer survivor herself, she reflects on her life vision, changes and family. Born in San Jose, California 45 year young Juni shares what life is like as a new resident in Portland, Oregon in 2022. She explains why she chose to leave California finally and pursue life in Oregon and how the path magically opened to deliver her to her destiny. As a child she always saw herself singing and acting in her future, which manifested quite differently in the form of health and nutrition practitioner.
    Through her diagnosis with breast cancer in 2019 and the soul searching, life changing lessons learned along her journey with cancer - she found blessings, hope, healing and a way to help others manage the many challenges of breast cancer. She shares how she evaluated her life, career, relationships and more to discover where changes were desired. Her experiences have led to her passion for helping women (and those close to them) with breast cancer awareness and strategies. She came to recognize the health, genetic, dietary, and hormonal aspects of breast cancer and how to work with them.
    Juni warns that various products contain harmful chemicals and should be avoided. Choosing organic is helpful. Todd shares his perspective of how cheese has changed in fast food and at the grocery store. We discuss how companies profit before providing the solutions promised - which perpetuates the cycle of despair surrounding the issue. Todd asks what it's really like to experience breast cancer and how people can be more empathic towards someone struggling with this disease. Juni explains that it feels like nothing until it becomes active and it's important to notice changes in breast tissue. She further explains options like chemotherapy and the pitfalls and opportunities of various modern treatment options.
    Juni helps us understand that this is an emotional ordeal for any woman dealing with it and requires finesse to be supportive. She reminds us that women tend to identify with themselves a certain way and when that gets disrupted or changed, it can and does cause deep rooted turmoil, self-image and self-esteem issues. She suggests offering to do helpful things rather than asking if you can help. Make things fun if you can, get out and show appreciation for the woman in your life struggling with breast cancer. Juni reminds that breast cancer is not necessarily a death sentence and desires to help women find the gift of a better life (as Juni did) in the experience of this often misunderstood disease.
    Juni offers coaching and nutrition assistance counseling on a 1:1 basis anywhere in the world. She connects with her clients via internet and enjoys helping women learn to deal with cancer and help prevent it's return.
    To learn more about Juni or connect, please visit: https://junibwell.com


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 016 Kinesiology and Metaphysics

    Episode 016 Kinesiology and Metaphysics

    Amanda Kate joins us today from Melbourne, Australia. She shares her perspectives and memory of her life in Australia vs. life in the US. Her parents celebrated their 50th year anniversary and her grandparents reached their 70th wedding anniversary together. She is estranged from her older sister, but believes there is hope to restore their relationship together. She has learned a lot from strained family relations and believes in healthy boundaries and honest communication. Through questioning life itself, Amanda found even more questions on her journey of self-discovery. Her earliest memory of her spiritual self was in childhood while attending church. She recalls a peaceful and quiet existence in early life. In her teen years she began to experience trauma in various ways. She was subject to bullying, not feeling respected and being expected to live up to other people's expectations of her. This created turmoil for her and led to a lack of self-love and personal awareness.
    Fast forward to a vacation in the UK that resulted in her meeting her husband and creating 2 amazing children. All totally unexpected. After 11 years instead of 2, she relocated back to Australia with her husband and children this time. It was hoped that the change would help address issues in their marriage, but after a time they found it to be insurmountable. Kate developed chronic fatigue syndrome and began experiencing difficult life struggles. She suffered an abusive marriage and felt she did not measure up inside. She felt that all the problems were her fault and suffered immense depression.
    After seeking relief in many different health and spiritual modalities, Kate discovered kinesiology: the art of movement. Upon seeing a kinesiologist the very first time Kate recalls it changing her life completely. Suddenly she was on the path to re-discovering her healthy, vitality, wellness, and abundance and rebalancing her own energy system. Todd shares a story of his father removing a tumor with metaphysics and his gratefulness to God for his good health. We discuss the importance of being connected with others, despite our differences. Unresolved trauma is the cause of needing to be right. How we learn our identity carries with it unconscious baggage. We must address this and improve our self talk and love.
    Kate suggests the following to restore healthy communication: realize we harm ourselves when angry at someone, nothing is simply black or white, we must practice respect towards others, social media enables unhealthy relations, cannot use childhood tools to solve adult problems. She contends that societal issues are institutionalized and fixable. We must process negative emotions in a healthy way. She currently is a kinesiologist and energy worker who helps people find their perfect selves through her various methods. Her latest book "Divine Messy Human" is a guide to overcoming outside influences to become who we are in spirit individually and perfectly. Amanda reminds us that stress directly impacts our health and we must replace any non-nurturing self talk with loving, supportive information.
    To learn more about Amanda Kate, please visit: amandakate.com.au

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    • 1 hr 8 min

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