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Episode 41 – Matt Fish

Welcome to episode 41 of The Connect! Matt Fish is a restaurant entrepreneur, musician and founder of the popular Melt Bar & Grilled. I visited Matt, at the Melt (Independence, OH)location, and had a great talk about many topics including: • The powerful nostalgia of grilled cheese • Our grilled cheese stories from the past...

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Episode 40 – Dennis Kucinich

Welcome to episode 40 of The Connect! This episode features my conversation with Dennis Kucinich. I sat down with Mr. Kucinich at the City Club of Cleveland and had a wide-ranging talk in the midst of his bid for the Governor of the state of Ohio. Some topics include: · Why Mr. Kucinich lives a...

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Episode 39- Re-branding This Podcast (An Explanation)

For 38 episodes you’ve been following the Authentic Audio Podcast. Starting next episode (episode 40) this podcast will be called “The Connect”. This episode explains why. Get all of The Connect with Aaron Calafato episodes at theconnectpodcast.com 

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Episode 38 – Brandon Chrostowski

​The amazing Brandon Chrostowski was my guest this episode. Brandon is the founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute and is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. The idea was born from “a break” that Brandon received early in life and has grown into a six-month program conducted...

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Episode 37 – Rob Montague

This episode features my conversation with filmmaker Rob Montague. Rob is a co-founder of the production company Late Morning Films and is in the process of creating a new documentary called: ‘SECRET IDENTITY: The Origin of SUPERMAN’ Besides talking about this latest project towards the latter half of the conversation, Rob and I have a...

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Episode 36 – Brandyn DeVante Armstrong

This episode features my conversation with Brandyn Devante Armstrong. Brandyn is an entrepreneur originally from East Cleveland. He is the creator and founder of the Studio Stick, the World’s first portable recording studio for smartphones and tablets. The Studio Stick has been featured on NBC, Yahoo News, CBS, and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. In this episode...

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Episode 35 – Tony Madalone

Happy 2018! This is the first authentic audio pod episode of the New Year and it features a conversation with entrepreneur Tony Madalone. Tony is the owner of Fresh Brewed Tees & Tready Shoes. He was on the podcast back in 2017 for a conversation during his run for mayor of the City of Cleveland....

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Episode 34 – Mark Klaus

Happy Holidays Authentic Audio Pod listeners! This special festive episode features a conversation with Mark Klaus. Mark is an eccentric personality and the brilliant mind behind Castle Noel, the largest indoor Christmas attraction in the country. Castle Noel is located in my hometown of Medina, Ohio located about 30 minutes south of Cleveland. Mark and...

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Episode 33 – Van Jones

This episode of the Authentic Audio Podcast features a conversation With CNN’s Van Jones. Van and I sat down this past October and had a fascinating talk about politics, Trump, the 2016 election, the American Rustbelt and his latest New York Times bestselling book Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart. How We Come...

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Episode 32 – Christopher Johnston

This episode features a conversation with writer Christopher Johnston. Chris is a dynamic writer and journalist from the Cleveland area whose work is wide ranging. From writing about and covering human trafficking, medical miracles and serial killers, Chris has some incredible insight you’ll want to hear. You’ll also want to hear us talk about his...

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Episode 31 – Joey Sprinkles

This is an episode for musicians, music lovers & music nerds. Joe Boyer aka Joey Sprinkles is a dynamic musician, songwriter and experimental punk-pop artist. Several months ago we sat down, drank some coffee and had a conversation about his love of music, his passion for punk rock and his deeper mission with music and...

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Episode 30 – The Danger of Storytelling

In this story episode I implicate myself in a moment of questionable judgment. This past month in America we’ve been immersed with the talk and violent actions of Nazis, white supremacists and race-baiters during protests in Charlottesville, VA. In response to this, I recorded a monologue that examines a moment in my life where I...

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