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Author: Todd S Hall

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The official podcast of Phoenix Homes and Hotspots and Alpha Whale Productions founder Todd S Hall aka The Phoenix | Scottsdale YouTube Realtor. Get to know the people that shape Arizona society and culture on a personal level. In depth interviews with Arizona's top executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, chefs, influencers, politicians, experts, athletes, celebrities, musicians and philanthropists. Hear their stories and learn more about how these influential and interesting voices are making a difference in Arizona.

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Shane Benson is a former firefighter from the state of New York. He was one of the 1st responders that was just steps away from the twin towers when the 2nd tower collapsed. His life's work has centered around helping and saving people.Shane travelled to Phoenix from Virginia 12 days ago on a mission with a plan. The plan was to sell everything he owns and live on the streets of Phoenix with the homeless population in the pursuit of changing lives and making a difference in our community.&nbs...
The rise of Socialism as a viable economic system to create more equitable outcomes has been a hot topic in American politics in recent years. Politicians like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke and Alexandria Cortez are trying to convince people that they need Big Government to take over the system in order for people to better their lives in the United States. They've infiltrated some of our most sacred institutions but none more dangerous than the indoctrination that is ...
In 2020 and 2021 as kids were locked out of schools and forced to learn on Zoom calls from home, parents started to take notice of alarming new teachings or at least we think they are new taking place in their children's schools. As a result, school unions, school boards and in some case teachers have become hot button issues for parents. As a result school board elections are now very much on the radar of parents not only in Scottsdale and Arizona but all over the country.Andrea Keck is a lo...
How do we determine who is the greatest athlete in the world? Is it the strongest person? Is it the fastest person? Do they jump the highest, jump the farthest, hit a ball, throw a ball, catch a ball or kick a ball? Or is it just the person that the media obsesses over the most? Meet Anne Lorimor, quite possibly the greatest athlete in the world. What makes Anne an amazing athlete? She holds the world record for the oldest person to ever climb to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro at the...
As parents, most of us hold ourselves to a high standard. We do our best to ensure that our kids are kind, confident, respectful, loved and have the best education possible. But is there more we can do to help them be the best version of themselves? How can we help them grow to be responsible, respectful and successful adults.This new generation of children is growing up much different than most of us parents. They are distracted by technology including smart phones and video games, the...
Imagine you sacrifice everything - your health and mental wellness knowing every day when you get dressed for work your life could be taken at any moment all in the name of community service as a 1st responder. You're overworked, underpaid and underappreciated. Your final words, hugs and kisses with your spouse and kids could be the last.Then one day it happens. It's sudden, it's tragic and it's absolute. You're injured in the line of duty and unable to go back to work. You'...
Homelessness in Arizona is something most of us see on the streets of our cities and communities everyday. Yes we see it, but very few of us actually understand it. Who are the homeless?Everybody has a story. How do they end up on the street?Is the challenge getting better or worse?What resources and services do we have available in the City of Phoenix to assist?Should you personally play a role in assisting the less fortunate while keeping your streets safe and clean?What is that role ...
Have you heard of Opportunity Zones but you're still unclear what an Opportunity Zone is and how it benefits the community as a whole. Brion Crum, VP of Investments at Caliber Companies joins the show to tell you everything you need to know about Opportunity Zones. What are they? Who do they benefit? Are they working? Most importantly, he's going to discuss how Opportunity Zones are making a positive and immediate impact on Arizona communities all around the state. From hotel...
Angela is a senior writer at the Phoenix Business Journal. She is the primary journalist covering all things residential real estate, healthcare, education and biotech. As you can imagine she stays very busy. Angela gives us a behind the scenes look into what it takes to publish a great article that is relevant to the Phoenix Business Journal audience.34 years experience and she is still one of the most trusted journalists in the valley writing fact driven articles. I'm going to ask her...
Former Deer Valley High School basketball star Lawrence Hill joins the show to talk about his days playing basketball at Stanford and professionally overseas and how this lead him into being a key leader in one of the largest youth sports programs in the Phoenix Arizona Metro. He talks about how he is able to inspire kids not only to be great athletes but great people through leveraging a team of volunteer coaches. And you don't want to miss the message he has for parents with advice on ...
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