Podcast

I operate a podcast on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802 and on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw5kFR3zqbU4h2RlJrTfIEg

The following is a list of interview podcasts:

Diane Pagen https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/80-conversation-with-diane-pagen

Mike Buhl https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/78-conversation-with-mike-buhl

Ronnie Bray https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/77-conversation-with-ronnie-bray-part-1 https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/77-conversation-with-ronnie-bray-part-2

Steve Wong https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/76-conversation-with-steve-wong

Yussef Al-Tamini https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/62-conversation-with-yussef-al-tamimi

Jean Nava https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/45-conversation-with-jean-nava-part-1 https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/45-conversation-with-jean-nava-part-2

Matthew Edwards https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/44-conversation-with-matthew-edwards

Cory Isaacs https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/43-conversation-with-cory-isaacs-part-1 https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/43-conversation-with-cory-isaacs-part-2

Mike Buhl https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/40-conversation-with-mike-buhl

Vivek Nemana https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/31-conversation-with-vivek-nemana

Henry Gomory https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/30-conversation-with-henry-gomory

Wenhui Xie https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/21-conversation-with-wenhui-xie-part-1 https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/21-conversation-with-wenhui-xie-part-2

Dennis Murphy https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/20-conversation-with-dennis-murphy-part-1 https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/20-conversation-with-dennis-murphy-part-2

Mohammad Mofatteh https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/11-conversation-with-mo-mofatteh-12302018

Mustafa Aydogan https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/5-conversation-with-mustafa-aydogan-1212018

The inspiration of doing a podcast emerged out of a conversation with a friend, who suggested that we should record our conversations on politics and put them online. We never ended up recording a podcast together but the idea was set to create the podcast. By the time I had a Soundcloud account, I noticed the $144 annual subscription bill, and I recognized that this increased my commitment to do the podcast regularly. Aside from interview podcast, I run what amounts to a transcription of my blogs, which is another way for people to access my viewpoints.

Previously, I recorded about 10 podcasts with another politics friend, who is a political libertarian. He thought my contrarian views would be ideal for a common podcast. After his wife had a kid, we stopped doing the podcast, and we never ended up publishing anything.

While the internet has been around for over 20 years, the world of podcasts exploded the last few years. My role model has been the Joe Rogan Experience, who has one of the most popular podcasts on the internet. He has over 7 million subscribers, and any podcast has between 500k and over 2 million views for popular podcasts. His podcasts would run between 1 and 4 hours. His secret sauce is his open conversational style. He is able to get the best out of his interlocutors, who could get an immediate boost in attention after appearing there. Andrew Yang, the Democratic presidential candidate, made a breakthrough in attention via his appearance in JRE. For some strange reason, Joe Rogan has been lumped together with the alt-right, which is a phenomenon launched by activist social media and the internet. It wasn’t so much that Rogan himself was accused of holding supposedly bigoted or racist views (he doesn’t), but that he give right-wing people a “platform” by inviting them to the show. Rogan’s strength is his ability to converse with people regardless of what their background is, which is a notable skill.

I also listen to Russell Brand (very quixotic, spiritual and eccentric), Lex Fridman AI podcast (very smart and knowledgeable, both himself and the guests), Eric Weinstein The Portal (ditto).

My own podcast philosophy is to query the biography of my interlocutors, and get behind what experiences made them choose their career path and what ideas motivate them in their daily life. There is no topic that is off-limits, and an interview guide is not needed. You only need a computer with a recorder and boundless curiosity about the person you interview and the ideas and experiences that occupy them.