You Spent HOW MUCH on a Hostess Gift? – 9.24.19

You Spent HOW MUCH on a Hostess Gift? You visit New York City with a friend, staying at his aunt’s place. You want to send a hostess gift, of course. Your friend informs you that you will be required to spend $200 on said gift because his family “expects it.” Are you kidding? Would you shell out that kind of money?


Also! Roast Pork with Apple Chutney in Todd’s Test Kitchen. BTW: is the pumpkin-spice pressure of fall getting you in the mood for more hearty meals? Try the Todd’s Braised Beef Shanks recipe here. Or his utterly sublime Leg of Lamb recipe here.


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I’ve never felt more empathy for Disney employees… I know that when we’ve all saved our money to bring our family to the Most Expensive Place on Earth, we want it TO BE PERFECT. But when you hear some of the horror stories from employees (getting punched in the stomach because they want to be in the front row of the rollercoaster and you’re pregnant) you’re going to be SO MUCH nicer to these poor folks.

Did you hear about that heartbreaking tour bus crash in Southern Utah last weekend? It was a huge group of tourists from China and no one to interpret for them. Which is where the epic Jason Chang comes in. This courageous college student answered a frantic call for someone who spoke Mandarin Chinese… and his story is incredible.

Burger King’s “Impossible Burger” vs. the Whopper: a Taste Test – 9.23.19

Burger King’s “Impossible Burger” vs. the Whopper: a Taste Test. Burger King has the new Impossible Burger! They’re swearing that you can NOT tell the difference between the Impossible Burger – which is vegetarian – and the Whopper. Let’s put that to the test, shall we? BTW: Do you like the taste tests? Do you enjoy someone else finding out for you if something is tasty or just truly horrifying? Find our review of M&M’s new flavors – like “White Pumpkin Pie” and “Jalepeno” here.  What about flavored specialty beers? How about “Saturday Morning,” which is a beer that tastes like Lucky Charms cereal, see our findings here.

Are you dropping $1,000 to get the new iPhone 11? Lots of us (uh, me) are choosing to stick with the phone we have- but experts say the best thing you can do for your phone is nurture the battery. We’ve got some tips on how to extend your battery’s life.


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Some things, you wouldn’t think you would have to tell someone. Like, “Hey, don’t put a wounded bobcat that you found on the road in the backseat of your car next to YOUR SIX-YEAR-OLD CHILD.” Apparently, you would be wrong.


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Did you hear the endearing tale of Carson King, the Iowa U student who flashed a sign asking for a donation to buy a six-pack of Busch beer? People donated. And donated. And donated until Carson ended up with hundreds of thousands of dollars. What he did with the money made Busch Beer create a can with his image on it. You’re going to love this kid.

Also… when your life is in dire peril, sometimes a woman has to do… well, you’ll see.


What Would it Take for You to Say: “I am a Woman of Worth?” – 9.20.19

What Would it Take for You to Say: “I am a Woman of Worth?”  Imagine pulling yourself and your little ones out of an unspeakable situation… trapped in a polygamist marriage, an abusive relationship, or simply reeling from a series of life’s blows that seem unrecoverable. Then, there’s Women of Worth – a charity that turns these women’s lives around and gives them the tools to change their lives. My beautiful friend Marie Jess explains Women of Worth.

Also! Recycle your old baby seat with Walmart and get a $30 gift card. We have your details.

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Project Lifesaver: A Free GPS Service That Could Save Your Kiddo’s Life – 9.19.19

Project Lifesaver: A Free GPS Service That Could Save Your Kiddo’s Life. Imagine your little one with autism wandered away. Or your mother with dementia. Can anything be more terrifying? Meet Project Lifesaver – a free program offered by several of the police departments here in Utah that tracks your loved one via GPS. Have a listen…


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Plus! Someone actually stole a solid gold (working) toilet from a mansion in England. Where do you FENCE something like that? BTW: Admit it. Do you love idiot criminal stories? Why, here’s more! Like the kids who took a joyride through a Halloween corn maze and destroyed it- just before it opened for the season. Find it here.


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Also- remember the movie “50 First Dates?” Here’s the real story…

Then! Another dilemma: “What would you do?” This one involves kids at a wedding…

The Todd’s Tasty Meatballs Recipe – 9.18.19

The Todd’s Tasty Meatballs Recipe. Mother Nature decided – by making this week alternately on fire and then freezing – that it is time for comfort food. Enjoy the Todd’s Tasty Meatballs – it’s really one of those things that should be a go-to dinner, right?


BTW: In the mood for more comfort food? Try the Todd’s Home-style Chili, the recipe’s here.

And Your Mom’s Old-School Chicken Casserole recipe hereOne of my personal favorite of the Todd’s Comfort Food Series is the Braised Beef Shanks, that recipe’s here.

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How Many Emotional Support Monkeys Are Too Many Emotional Support Monkeys? – 9.16.19

So, here’s a question I never thought I would ask myself:

How Many Emotional Support Monkeys Are Too Many Emotional Support Monkeys? There’s a woman fighting her city as it seeks to, perhaps, limit her number to three. Texanne Teahan is adamant and wielding a note from her doctor that her support monkeys are crucial to treating her PTSD. Look, she’s not trying to get on a plane with them, so what’s the worry?


There’s also the terrifying tale of a vicious battle with a black widow spider the size of my hand. It fought back. It was… muscular. There was a nauseating meaty-sounding “thunk!” when I sucked it into my Dyson vacuum, but it wasn’t enough. There was combat between the Todd, armed with chopsticks (they were the only weapons available, sue me) and the black widow. She was not going down easy. BTW: if you’re looking for non-toxic ways to discourage spiders from scampering into your basement as fast their eight legs can carry them, have a look here.


Your chance to rescue a woman – or family – in peril could be as simple as joining us at the Women of Worth annual gala. This amazing group rescues women – often in dire peril – and helps them into a rich and meaningful life. Part of their success is assigning mentors to each new client, who guides them and their family into a home, school, work and a new life. It’s utterly inspiring. If you’d like to learn more about their services, how you can help (perhaps as a mentor?) and more about the Gala, it’s all here.


Oh! This is so important – if you’re buying tickets to the fundraising gala, be sure to use TODDANDERIN at checkout for $10 off the ticket price. And the inspiring Kechi Okwuchi from “America’s Got Talent” will be performing, and there’s a VIP backstage meet and greet.

Naked Man With a Beer. A Cornfield. This Does Not End Well. 9.13.19

Naked Man With a Beer. A Cornfield. This Does Not End Well.

Today’s podcast brought to you in the form of a Listicle:


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1. How to shoot the gigantic Friday the 13th full moon with your cell phone! Really, who among us hasn’t tried to catch the beauty of that hugely bloated harvest moon and ended up with… a yellow circle in the night sky. Like everyone else’s. Fear not! A “space photographer” tells us how to get a brilliant image even with our humble iPhone.

  • Put your phone on a stand! Stabilize the shot and you’re golden.
  • Download one of the free “moon apps” that’ll tell you everything from when it’s rising to its exact position in the heavens and how to focus your phone.
  • Wear comfortable clothes because you’ll be tripping over things and falling into bushes and such trying to get the Perfect Shot.
  • Edit your photo into black and white. It makes all the moon’s features stand out crisply and sharply.


2. The Todd’s Tasty Chili recipe – who knew it would get so cold so fast?

BTW: In the mood for more comfort foods? Try our Baked Cheddar Broccoli Rice Cups here, or Todd’s Old-school Chicken Casserole here.


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3. You know any police report that starts with: “Man with no clothes attempted to evade officer by entering a cornfield,” is not going to end well. Since the Todd lived on a farm that boasted a huge cornfield, he’s going to tell you how that will work out.


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4. We can all agree that Prince Harry and his lovely American bride Meghan Markle are freaking adorable. And possibly even more so after hearing this story.


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French Fries DO Cause Blindness! Your Mother Was Right – 9.4.19

French Fries DO Cause Blindness! Your Mother Was Right. Actually, it was my dad that always threatened me that “You’re going to go blind from eating nothing but carbs!” It seemed like a totally random, threat, but apparently dad was on to something. Oh, my GOD! French fries DO cause blindness! There’s a scary case out of England where a teenager has gone blind existing only on french fries and three other things. We’ll explain.

Airbnb’s are great, especially if you just need somewhere to sleep- but there’s a woman renting out the back of her car… and she’s booked up for months. There are other interesting spots- an Airbnb’eris renting out his closet in New York City for $40 a night. He’s booked up, too!


Chocolate Villa has only a little to do with chocolate but a lot to do with supercharging your career- and the next retreat for women executives is this Sunday! Katie tells us what the retreat did for her.

BTW: find out more about the retreat- and Villa Consulting here.


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Yet another human-caused wildfire, this time in Tooele. This dovetails with the foothills above Layton and Bountiful requiring evacuation. does it feel like half the state’s on fire at this point?


We have THE ultimate way to get rid of fruit flies, and it is so intensely satisfying. Those disgusting little creatures that fly in your face, getting all over your produce and hovering like a malevolent cloud of ick? We bait them… draw them in… and WHAM! You’re going to love this method.


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Suing For A Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich – 9.3.19

Suing For A Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich. How much do you need a crispy chicken sandwich that you’re willing to sue for it? One chicken restaurant’s in court for running out of… chicken.

Utah’s emergency task force and search and rescue are sending out volunteers for Hurricane Dorian, and we’ve found the best commute ever. It involves a jet ski.

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Your Name & Personality Decoded – It’s Uncomfortably Accurate – 8.22.19

Your Name & Personality Decoded – It’s Uncomfortably Accurate. Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name on the Urban Dictionary? Go have a look. “A Todd will offer up the shirt on his back and the beer in his hand to the least amongst us if it makes him look good in front of attractive or powerful people.” Hah! “Erins are very creative and absolutely love food, they will eat your house out of food. I’m not exaggerating, I’m being serious.”


Plus, amazing school programs for at-risk kids, thanks to the genius minds at East High School here in Salt Lake City. When you have high school children living in cars, or even heads of the household since their parents are gone, how do you help them stay in school? This is the most inspirational thing you can imagine. BTW: for more information about the program, have a look here.


Remember when we told you about the “Bird and Butt” watching at the Bear River Bird Refuge here along the Wasatch Front? We’re not alone, here’s yet another weird arrest at a bird refuge. Prepare to laugh uncontrollably – this one beats any arrest they’ll make at our bird-watching heaven.