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Sean Astin Hosts a Forum for Discussion: Politics, Government & World Events. Divergent Viewpoints & a High Standard of Civil Discourse

TELLING OUR STORY

NEXT GENERATION STANDING UP FOR OUR FUTURE

 "There's nothing that's phony about Sean Astin. What you see is what you get. And that's a tremendously winning quality for talk radio." —Michael Medved,radio talk show host, author and political commentator

"For everybody that understands freedom of speech, please KickStart Sean!" Edward James Olmos, actor & activist

CHOOSE YOUR REWARD! OR CHOOSE A COMBO PACK!

Two of the most requested KickStarter Awards for Vox Populi are Sean Astin Personalized Autograph Dvd's & Our Signature Vox Populi Wristbands!!!!

Hey runners. Here is our Signature #Run3rd Embroidered Hat!!! For those of you who have followed my running exploits and the inspirational #Run3rd Campaign Honoring Dedications made for Loved Ones & Causes, this is a meaningful way to combine two major passions of mine. Join the run3rd.blogspot.com community while Backing the Show. I hope this appeals to you!!! Yours, Sean

 AND IF WE DO HIT OUR TOP STRETCH GOAL OF $60,000  THEN EVERY BACKER GETS TO CHOOSE ONE OF THESE!!

Our KickStarter Drive is Racing to a Close!

Below is a piece of our latest project update, that explains why the App means so much to the show!!!


This Event is below is A Great Must Watch Forum for the NewTech Crowd!!! It captures the spirit of this campaign. But, Our MIssion is not yet over. THE SHOW MUST HAVE AN APP. The purpose of this fun, fast and all out fundraising effort, in its purest form is not about money. This show is an idea, that we need places in this country to talk about issues and struggles that are safe and constructive.

The show seeks to help make us better citizens. When we relate to each other with respect and curiosity, we make better choices. So, the APP I dream of will make it easy and exciting to experience the show. Instant streaming of the video/podcast, instant call in or write in participation in real time, the ability to search past shows by topic and guest, and a bunch of other cool features. So, what do we need to deliver this amazing product to the marketplace of ideas??? Money Money Money Money!!! Please help me realize this dream and bring the show to a much wider audience. 24,000 viewer listeners is fantastic, 240,000 would be mind blowing!!!

Clearly and unequivocally, we have succeeded. Thanks to our backers efforts, the second season of Vox Populi will be everything we've hoped and planned for. Now, KickStarter encourages Project Creators to go above and beyond their initial goals. $30,000 is the minimum of what our project requires, but there is much more to do. Above are so called, Stretch Goals. I intend to work just as passionately & diligently for the remaining 12 days of the Campaign to hit these new targets. The time has come to do what so many other Kick Starter Projects have done before, raise well over our initial $30k goal!!!!!

The show has a lot of heart, but now it's time to give it some muscle. We've past the viability test, now we are looking to you in the KickStarter community to help us deliver a bigger and more robust civic experience. Therefore, we are making the 1st Fully Produced Season of Vox Populi.

Listen to or Watch a Full Episode "Special Syria Edition, 9/9/13" NOW:

http://www.toadhopnetwork.com/f/Vox?date=20130909

We Began this Political Radio/Video Talk Show May 3rd, 2012.  To Date we have streamed 31, Two Hour Long, Episodes Live on the ToadHopNetwork, {Radio Worth Watching}. 

With virtually no actual dollars invested, we have managed to book National Caliber Guests, for example: U.S. House of Representative Members, & diverse high caliber influencers such as Noam Chomsky & Michael Medved. Everyday people from around the world, people with wildly divergent viewpoints on every topic listen and call in live to the show. After an exhaustive trial period, we are now ready to Launch the Show as a viable competitor in the National Pundit Marketplace. With your help, we are "READY FOR PRIME TIME!!!" 

In order to do this, we need to have a more secure infrastructure in place. The support funds will be used: First, to hire part time staff (Producer/Booker/Social Media staffer/Administrative Assistant). A single employee may assume more than one of these roles, for example the Producer may fulfill the Admin duties; 2nd, to purchase certain pieces of equipment necessary to insure the audio quality of the productions & the telephone technology to manage multiple callers in an efficient and elegant manner. The interest in the program has grown such than many members of the public call in, live, to the broadcast & managing that traffic is complex. Finally, the research required, the coordinating of guest schedules and the preparation of visual materials are time invested tasks requiring minor administrative, logistic and operational expenditures. 

The funding sought here is meant to immediately Produce a Full Season of the radio show. We intend for the funds raised to secure a physical infrastructure, not only for this season, but as a strong foundation for the show going forward.

So far, Vox Populi has been marketed primarily in two ways. The Sean Astin Twitter Following has grown from 28,000 followers before the show  to 87,000 people and counting as the show has developed. In advance of each episode, a barrage of tweets is sent reminding people of the time of the show & stoking interest in the often hot button topics to be covered that week. As a point of interest, each 2 hour episode has enough time to go into greater depth on subjects of interest that are not generally covered in the mainstream media. An example of this was an episode which was entirely dedicated to exploring the function of the Congressional Budget Office. By interviewing a former Director of the Agency. It was a fun, informative and robust show. The second manner of promoting the film is the ToadHopNetwork's homepage, where our banner is prominently included on their roster. They also plug Vox Populi during their regular programming. At this stage, our show boasts a regular audience of 12-15 thousand viewer/listeners. Finally, supporters of this show can feel good that they are participating in an endeavor that our hugely diverse audience declares is one of the fairest and most accessible outlets they've experienced, heightening their desire to learn more about issues & emboldening them to "get involved' in the social & political activities in their community. Thank you in advance for helping us take this show that we love, to the "Next Level"

Respectfully Yours,

Sean 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The only real risk to the show, is the potentiality that the Network has twice changed locations and were they to move again at some point in the future might briefly interrupt or delay some episodes.

Also, the host is a professional actor and managing his schedule takes some creativity. This type of eventuality is common in the industry and actually enhances the broadening of the audience. That said, the regularity of the live broadcast is occasionally adjusted. Each episode though, is archived. Many members of the audience regularly count on experiencing each episode at their convenience.

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    VIDEO SKYPE: I'll VIDEO Skype with you for 15 minutes. Anywhere in the world! We can talk about politics, we can talk about you, me, or anything else under the sun you'd like to talk about. Maybe I'll even sing for you, WHAT DOES THE VOX SAY?!

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    Receive a limited edition print of some original artwork, commissioned by the show & signed by the artist, the host & a couple of notable guests. The artwork may be selected from submissions by various freelance artists. The idea is, someone creates a nice piece of art that captures the spirit of the show. We autograph it & you enjoy it!

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    The opportunity to Choose and to Set the non-partisan TOPIC for a 20 minute segment of the program. This is a great opportunity to draw attention to an issue of significance to you, your family, friends & community. **Note - If many people choose this option, delivery will expand accordingly.** Also, topics will be screened for appropriateness. Backers will be invited to offer additional topics.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES! - Behind The Scenes Visit -- Ever wanted to go behind the scenes at a Radio Show? Now you can! Join Sean Astin In-Studio, for one episode of Vox Populi and find out the inner workings of the show. Includes Photo Op and Autograph! (transportation not provided)

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