The MultiPod

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The MultiPod is an independent podcast exploring the ideas and profiles of the world’s first community of dedicated multipotentialites, the Puttytribe. Multipotentialites (a.k.a “multipods”) have diverse interests, skills, and creative outlets – making us capable of success in just about anything.

Our cultures and global economy today demand creativity and flexibility, and more people are creating purposeful lives from the intersections of various pursuits. Join us every other week to share in the amazing journeys of our Puttytribe members.

Show co-hosts – Ted, Sara, and Vanessa – are constantly exploring what’s important in the wide world of multipotentiality. In each episode, they profile at least one member of the Puttytribe and discuss themes like work ethic and productivity, mental health, jobs vs. careers, languages, simplicity, and rituals.

Do you have questions or suggestions for the show? Feel free to contact the team.

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The MultiPod Team

Ted Cragg

Ted Cragg

Producer and Co-Host

Ted is a budding podcaster, aspiring entrepreneur, musician, writer, traveler, and guide. He’s inspired by outliers, adventurers, individuality, and making the most out of life. Plus, he’s a happy husband and father of two.
Vanessa Reich-Shackelford

Vanessa Reich-Shackelford

Co-Host

Vanessa lives and breathes podcasting as a co-host, producer, and editor. She also loves travel, yoga, community-building, her pets, and her partner (a fellow podcaster).
Sara Oliver GV

Sara Oliver GV

Co-Host

Sara is a Spanish multi-disciplinary artist and educator interested in ontology and personal development. Art allows her to fully express her multipotentiality in so many ways.

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What It’s Like To Experience Public Shaming – TMP 058

Our guest today is, like any multipotentialite, full of talents, ideas, dreams and motivations. However, she has also been through the type of experience that we usually only observe from a distance, involving celebrities and strangers, the kind of thing we would usually say, “It’ll never happen to me.” Well, for Kylie it did: a workplace conflict that was dragged out into the local media, and she was publicly fired. Kylie is here to to share some insight into what this kind of trauma feels like, and how to summon the courage to believe in and have faith in who you are. We all seek validation from different sources, but at the end of the day it has to start with yourself.

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MultiPod Extras: Breathing Wind with Sarah Davis

MultiPod Extras is an ongoing project of The MultiPod, where the hosts test out new podcast ideas in a bonus, typically one-off format. We present a short excerpt from Breathing Wind, a podcast on grief and loss, produced by our guest in Episode 57, Sarah Davis. This 3 minute clip will give you a good feel for the style of engrossing storytelling of her guests and the immersive experience of hearing them share their insight. 

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Grief: On Death and Dying, the Emotional Journey, and Even Joy with Sarah Davis – TMP 057

Grief. It’s a delicate topic, and one particularly profound and prescient, given the current state of the world. It’s a discussion that we’ve had in mind for a while on The MultiPod, but we waited for the right moment to tackle it, and the right guest to do it with. We have that guest for you today: Sarah Davis, host of “Breathing Wind” podcast, who has taken her own experience with grief – “grief that takes your breath away” – and turned it into a passionate study on what is grief, how we mourn, and how we can help others, each in their own way along their own journey.

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Finding The Ability To Deal With The Unknown, with Ti0 – TMP 056

Join hosts Ted and Sara and our special guest Ti0, a “Consciousness Researcher,” as we analyze how to find clarity as we each deal with the massive change that COVID-19 has introduced and has in store for us.

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MultiPod Extras: That’s the Ticket! The New Travel Podcast From Vanessa

MultiPod Extras is an ongoing project of The MultiPod, where the hosts test out new podcast ideas in a bonus, typically one-off format. This Extra episode comes from Vanessa, who has launched a new travel podcast called “That’s the Ticket!” with her friend, Rinat Ben Avraham. The goal is to talk about travel advice, tips and recommendations, and get an understanding for the real experience of travel.

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How Do We Make Sense Of What’s Happening? A COVID-19 Conversation – TMP 055

It’s a rapidly changing world, and we’re all trying to make sense of it. The coronavirus pandemic and the COVID-19 global shutdown is in full swing. But none of us know how it is going to turn out, or what changes it will bring.

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Rural, Remote Living in a Time of Adjustment with Marie Lamb – TMP 054

We take you to the countryside of rural Tennessee and speak with Marie, comfortably nesting with her husband and daughter, chickens and dogs, with acres of space and oodles of fresh air. It sounds idyllic, and it is! But it certainly takes some preparation, planning and proper mindset.

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Exploring the State of our Mental Health – TMP 053

This is a very important episode for you. Something … different. Your co-hosts for today – Vanessa, Sara, and Ted – decided it was the right time to assess the state of our mental health. We include some useful tips and tools that can help you through the gloom of anxiety, depression, or seasonal affective disorder. We’re here to help, and we’re grateful for the chance to do so.

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How Unexpected Paths Lead to Life-Changing Turns with Leah Waig – TMP 052

How does a freelancer start freelancing? How does a multipotentialite choose a career or profession? Today’s guest on The MultiPod, Leah Waig, shares her story of putting 2 +2 together to set off on an unexpected journey full of twists, turns and nose-following. It all adds up to an inspiring tale of being open, aware, and persistent in finding work and opportunities.

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How to Measure the Time Spent on Your Passions with Niyoosha – TMP 051

What if we could approach the challenge of finding time for our passions not with the intention of balancing everything equally, but with the ability to measure the value and importance of each passion, to give each its most effective quotient? Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo is our guest today, explaining her Passion Distribution Theorem and talking about her expansive multipotentiality.

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How Does a Multipod Stick With Something for Two Years? with Neil Hughes – TMP 050

The MultiPod takes a look at themes of commitment, perseverance, and completion as we celebrate our 50th episode, and two full years now in to our podcasting journey. Neil Hughes is our special guest, an expert on using comedy to overcome anxiety and mental health stigma. Neil has his own journey of commitment, sticking to his freelance, self-employed life for years, as well as being one of the longest-tenured members of The Puttytribe, going on 6 years!

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Why Do Multipotentialites Make Great Parents? with Matt – TMP 049

Does it all come back to parenting? Ted and Matt are both parents of two young kids and explore how to identify multipotentialite traits in our kids, finding the balance between pushing children to pursue activities vs. letting them determine what they’re interested in, and how multipods make great parents. With some great stories along the way!

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Slowing Down in December with Valentina Manini – TMP 048

If you want to slow down this holiday season (or really anytime), then this episode is for you. Our Puttytribe just wrapped up a first annual Slow Down December event to help us navigate this busy, social time of the year. One of the the overarching concerns is how anxiety plays into it all, and not letting it get the best of us. We each find our own path, and Valentina is here to guide us – drawing on her own tumultuous and fascinating journey to understanding and partnering with anxiety.

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A New Type of Puttytribe IRL Meetup with Jose Siandre – TMP 047

Could the first “Puttytribe Expedition” be a go in 2020? Travel agent and travel aficionado Jose Siandre joins us to share his proposal for a group trip for multipods, combining a real life get-together with the fun and adventure of travel.

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“We Need to Do Our Inner Work,” Part Two With JP Parker – TMP 046

What if we are all, really, multipotentialites? Perhaps humans are intrinsically multipotentialites: they just need to be encouraged more? JP Parker joins us again for a fascinating conversation about the nature of healing, the rifts in our world, and what you can do about it.

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Let’s Regenerate, Not Extract with JP Parker – TMP 045

Do you find yourself wondering about the state of the world? Stuff like why things just don’t seem to be working, the flawed economy, or how very little seems sustainable? Our conversation with JP quickly transcended to one of great purpose and meaning. JP, now based in Australia – an erstwhile global citizen and truly one of the original digital nomads (we’re talking mid-1990’s) – joins us to discuss her journey to realizing deep, profound perspectives on the world we live in.

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Once a Fortnite: Talking Gaming for Multipotentialites with Harsh Gupta – TMP 044

Modern gaming is on the level of large scale cinema, with massive teams and departments. So where to begin? Special guest Harsh Gupta joins us live from Kolkata, India, where he has worked as a video game designer for the past few years. We learn about the difference between a game designer, developer, artist, and manager. Is modern gaming a model career for a multipotentialite? Harsh gives us the ins and outs of navigating this complex, exciting, and ever-growing industry.

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Supporting Mental Health Through Multipotentiality with Loffy Bermejo – TMP 043

Vanessa chats with Loffy about her background and interests, what drove her to launch Project Kampana, the mental health landscape for women and in the Philippines in particular, and how an NGO is a great platform for a multipotentialite to make use of their many interests and abilities.

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Live From Everything Conference with Doug Walker – TMP 042

The MultiPod goes live on location with roving reporter Doug Walker, covering the first ever Everything Conference, taking place in Portland, Oregon.

Multipotentialites from all over the world have gathered to share their stories, and celebrate their unique personalities. For all those wondering and dreaming about being there too, let The MultiPod take you there and be in the moment at this unique, exciting event.

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After the MultiBreak: How to Get Back in the Zone and Restart Your Projects – TMP 041

After 18 months of consistently producing new podcast episodes, we took a break. If you’ve ever struggled with motivation, overwhelm, guilt, or frustration in getting back into your projects, then join us as we journey down that very road ourselves and share what we learn along the way.

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