The Art of Interviewing for Podcast Hosts

A curated episode list by Andy Wang
Creation Date February 11th, 2020
Updated Date Updated March 28th, 2020
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America's Sweetheart meets America's Radio Sweetheart! Katie Couric visits Jesse Thorn on today's episode of The Turnaround. Name a famous person, and she's probably talked with them at some point in her illustrious career as a host and reporter: everyone from prime ministers, to superstar athletes, to actresses. But her skill as an interviewer also extends to her conversations with everyday people, as seen in documentaries like Gender Revolution. Katie talks to Jesse about what it was like being a morning talk show host for years, including dealing with the insanely early call times. She also opens up about some tense interview experiences, like the time in 2008 when she interviewed then VP candidate Sarah Palin about her foreign policy credentials. Plus: she has a great tip on how to exit conversations at parties. 
Joining us this week is Anna Sale, host of WNYC Studio's, Death, Sex & Money. As she puts it, her show is about "the things we think about a lot, and need to talk about more." Anna sits down with celebrities like Kevin Bacon or Mahershala Ali, but more often than not she's talking to someone that you've never heard of. It's an intimate show if there ever was one, and Anna doesn't shy away from asking questions that others might blush just thinking about. Anna and Jesse talk about her past career covering politics and elections, and how her decade doing that work aids her in the kind of interviewing that she does now. They get into how to ask really sensitive questions without it feeling exploitative, and why it is important to talk about the hard or shameful parts of a person's life.  
The great Audie Cornish joins Jesse on The Turnaround this week! You know her as the co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, one of the most listened-to radio shows in the entire country. You've likely heard Audie's steady voice in the aftermath of some really intense situations -- anchoring, covering breaking stories, and interviewing reporters live on air. She does it all by being super prepared, and she doesn't have much patience for people who aren't. She also consider herself a bit of a throwback journalist, but don't try telling her that NPR hosts are "dispassionate."
Legendary television host David Letterman has endless admiration for Conan O’Brien.David joins Conan to kick off season two with a conversation about David’s unmatchable career in late night, interactions with Johnny Carson and Bob Hope, what they see for their kids in the future, and why the best people in showbiz are always the hardest working. Plus, Conan gives an update on the horse David gifted to him, and Conan’s assistant Sona and producer Matt Gourley join in for another round of Review the Reviewers.Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821.
“If you never got paid for podcasting, would the skills and relationships you developed be enough to keep you doing it? If the answer is ‘no’, I wouldn’t pull the trigger.” – Tim Ferriss In the inaugural episode of Deviate, Rolf goes meta and talks about podcasting with bestselling author and lifestyle-design guru Tim Ferriss (@tferriss), whose newest book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, debuts this week. Update (12/07/17): An abridged transcript for this episode is now available online in blog form, as “Tim Ferriss on his 17 principles for how to create a successful podcast.” Links: Podcasting Tools Ecamm Call Recorder (28:04) Zencastr (28:08) ATR2100 USB Microphone (28:38) Zoom H6 Recorder (1:15:24) Zoom H1 Recorder Shure SM7B Mic Audacity (software) Auphonic (postproduction web service) Yellowtec: iXm (self-enclosed mic) Evernote (web application) Other links Rolf Potts on the Tim Ferriss Show Ed Catmull on the Tim Ferriss Show Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Tim Ferriss Show Edward Norton on the Tim Ferriss Show Dom D’Agostino on Ketosis and the End of Cancer on the Tim Ferriss Show Nick Szabo: The Quiet Master of Cryptocurrency on the Tim Ferriss Show Jocko Willink on the Tim Ferriss Show Debbie Millman on the Tim Ferriss Show Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant, by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne “1,000 True Fans,” by Kevin Kelly Joe Rogan podcast WTF with Marc Maron podcast Nerdist podcast James Lipton (interviewer from Inside the Actors Studio) Terry Gross (interviewer from NPR’s Fresh Air) Serial podcast Spirited Away (2001 animated movie) Agaric mushroom Tentacle erotica Show notes: What not to do in podcasting (15:58) Crafting questions (19:58) Learning from previous interviews (24:55) Interviewing techniques (26:00) The benefits of phone interviews (29:40) The decision to start a podcast (32:28) The anxiety of interviewing (40:45) Pre-interview tips (45:20) Editing / producing interviews / podcasts (52:45) Intro music (58:38) Guest selection 1:03:01) Interview strategy (1:12:08) Recording equipment (1:14:50) Building a listening community (1:22:30) Tim’s brand (1:33:25) Building relationships (1:36:00) Podcast logistics (1:43:20) Podcast frequency (1:48:50) The interview introduction process (1:51:35) The preparation process (1:56:15) Monetization (2:05:55) Wrapping up podcasts (2:38:57) Japanamation (2:19:40) Psychedelics (2:27:16) Books by Tim Ferriss: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich This episode was sponsored by the Paris Writing Workshop, an intensive one-month course in the artistic heart of Europe. The Deviate theme music comes from the title track of Cedar Van Tassel’s 2017 album Lumber. Note: We don’t host a “comments” section, but we’re happy to hear your questions and insights via email, at deviate@rolfpotts.com.
Every day, we use conversation skills. At work to close a deal, in our personal lives to make more amazing friends, and more. Unfortunately, many people have "awkward" conversations — which hold them back in business and life. Today, charisma expert Jordan Harbinger, host of popular podcast "The Art of Charm," shares his best conversation tips. Full show notes at http://okdork.com/podcast/44
How do you create a blockbuster podcast? This episode explores the tips, tricks, and best practices of a master. My guest is Alex Blumberg, who cut his teeth on the king of all radio shows (This American Life) and recently co-founded Gimlet Media. Gimlet swiftly conquered the iTunes rankings with two blockbuster podcasts: Reply All and StartUp. Podcasters everywhere asked: how the hell does he do it? This episode provides some answers. The discussion is split into two parts, and we cover a ton. Please listen to both parts, as they work together. We discuss what Alex learned from Ira Glass, his field recording gear, the nuts and bolts of producing world-class audio narrative, and much more. Part 2 also features a preview (5 min) of my episode with Arnold Schwarzenegger! Show notes and links mentioned can be found at fourhourworkweek.com/podcast***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit tim.blog/podcast.Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Visit tim.blog/sponsor and fill out the form.Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss
(Part 2 of 2) How do you create a blockbuster podcast? This episode explores the tips, tricks, and best practices of a master. My guest is Alex Blumberg, who cut his teeth on the king of all radio shows (This American Life) and recently co-founded Gimlet Media. Gimlet swiftly conquered the iTunes rankings with two blockbuster podcasts: Reply All and StartUp. Podcasters everywhere asked: how the hell does he do it? This episode provides some answers. (This Part 2 also includes a sample of my upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger episode!) Show notes and links mentioned can be found at fourhourworkweek.com/podcast***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit tim.blog/podcast.Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Visit tim.blog/sponsor and fill out the form.Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss
When he started Hack the Entrepreneur, Jonny had never conducted a single interview before. But during the past two years, he's hosted more than 350 podcast interviews. He's also made a lot of mistakes, embarrassed himself a few times, and learned countless lessons. In this episode of The Showrunner, Jonny shares a number of insights,... Listen to episode
On the premiere episode of The Turnaround, Jesse Thorn talks to Ira Glass, the host and creator of This American Life from WBEZ. For more than twenty years, Ira and his colleagues have pioneered a distinctive brand of journalistic non-fiction that has inspired an entire generation of radio producers and storytellers. In his conversation with Jesse, Ira explains how he interviews people in such a way to draw out a narrative. But he also says he's chasing authenticity: those really beautiful, intimate moments typically reserved for close friends and relatives.
Today's Turnaround guest is Marc Maron, standup comic, actor, and host of one of the biggest podcasts ever: WTF with Marc Maron. Maron has a big personality, and it shows in his interviews. He's not rattling off a list of questions, but instead he's trying to have a conversation that's intimate and real. It doesn't always go smoothly, but it usually reveals a lot about the guest, even if they aren't into it. Marc talks with Jesse about what it's like recording his very popular show in his garage, his strategy for getting people to loosen up, and the difference between his standup and podcast personas. They also discuss two very different people who loom large in their consciousness: Terry Gross and Chris Hardwick. 
We consulted with Mission’s resident interviewing expert, Ian Faison, to figure out what makes a great interviewer. Stephanie and Ian also talk about what you should do to be a better interviewee and why it takes at least 20 minutes to develop a rapport with someone. Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios. If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org and you’ll get a mission-driven newsletter that will help you start your morning off right.
Today, we're talking about a topic dear to my heart. Interviews. Or put another way, a path to creating a real connection with people you choose to bring onto your show. This is a big topic, and one I’ll be addressing more fully in other episodes. But this is a start and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Do you use interviews for your shows? Are you interested in creating a program and are thinking about using interviews for it? I have had the honor of interviewing thousands of people. As a TV news reporter, some of the people I tried to talk with didn’t want to talk with me, and others wanted to talk too much. But over the years, I have learned some tried and true lessons about carrying out conversations with strangers that I hope will help you. In fact, I still keep in touch with a number of the people I have had the honor to interview. Creating connections with people through interviewing is such a powerful way to strengthen a relationship. I can’t stress enough how important this skill is. Remember, the goal of all of this is the show. You want to put together the very best show possible. And if you decide to use an interview format for some or all of the program, then you want the most engaging guests who have the very best information to share with your audience. If you have a good show, people will find the program and share it with their friends. And the show will get bigger. If you know someone who is putting together a show or who has said, 'I need to work on my interviewing skills,’ feel free to share this episode with them. Thank you in advance. What you'll learn in this episode: *Three tips to successful interviews *Questions you can ask your guest so he or she shares more about a topic *How to find your voice Links mentioned in this episode: *Episode 54 of STANDOUT: How To Look Good On A Webinar *Episode 55 of STANDOUT: How To Avoid Being Nervous On Camera *My Video Resources page *Sign up for my newsletter and get access to the STANDOUT Facebook community here (and get the 5-Day Media Magnet Challenge) Did you enjoy the show? Please subscribe to the STANDOUT with Cheryl Tan podcast. here.
Ira Glass is an American public radio personality and the host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life. The armchair experts travel to NYC to record in the esteemed This American Life studios. In this special remote episode, Ira discusses the psychology behind affairs and why he is drawn to monogamy, he talks about his journey as a radio personality, and he contemplates his sense of control in his work. Dax wonders about what it feels like to be the conduit for other show’s success and Ira reveals what he deems is the best podcast right now. Dax tells Ira that being a part of a This American Life story was a career highlight and Ira can’t decide if he likes Kristen or Dax more.
In the second half of our two-part interview, Stern talks about his 2017 cancer scare, his thoughts on retirement, and his mother's depression. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.'Also, we remember late Hollywood actress and singer Doris Day. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2012. She died Monday at 97.

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