228 episodes

Just a regular New York City guy who gets to interview some pretty amazing people... A conversation/hangout podcast with friends, athletes, authors, celebrities, fighters, and the world's most fascinating people

"the greatest podcast ever" - My Mom

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    • Sports
    • 4.9, 68 Ratings

Just a regular New York City guy who gets to interview some pretty amazing people... A conversation/hangout podcast with friends, athletes, authors, celebrities, fighters, and the world's most fascinating people

"the greatest podcast ever" - My Mom

    Mike Safo with Deborah Rodriguez

    Mike Safo with Deborah Rodriguez

    Joined today by best-selling author of “Kabul Beauty School” and many other books, Deborah Rodriguez. We chat about growing up in Holland, Michigan, and how watching the women of Afghanistan after September 11th compelled her to help them. Debbie tell us about her first trip to Kabul in 2002, driving through a war zone, trying to fit in and being surprised everyone was grateful to see a professional hairdresser. She recounts going back to Michigan, petitioning for hair supplies, and heading back to Afghanistan to open up a beauty school. We hear about the hurdles of opening a business as an American woman in a Muslim country and the good side of Afghanistan which the media doesn’t show. From warlords in her living room to dealing with PTSD, the former correction officer and hairdresser shows why she’s called “Crazy Deb”. Follow Debbie on the following sites and buy one of her books.

    Website: http://www.deborahrodriguez.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/debb_rod

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mike Safo with Dr. Jung H. Pak (CIA)

    Mike Safo with Dr. Jung H. Pak (CIA)

    Joined today by former CIA analyst and author of the fascinating book Becoming “Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer's Insights into North Korea's Enigmatic Young Dictator” Dr. Jung H. Pak. Dr. Pak tell us what led her to join the Central Intelligence Agency, how long she served there and why she just hasn’t had enough of North Korea. The first time author explains the process of writing her first book on such a secretive country, how lonely it could be and how that awesome cover of the book came to be. We talk about Kim Jong Un’s mysterious wife Ri Sol-ju, the role she plays in North Korea and how she compares to other First Ladies. Dr. Pak tells us what Kim Jong Un’s master plan is after extending an olive branch to President Trump, South Korea and allowing the North and South to march in the Olympics. From the biggest misconceptions about the CIA to the best pizza in New York City, Dr. Jung H. Pak continues to be the go to person when talking about Korea.   Follow Jung H. Pak and buy her book in the links below.




    • 26 min
    Mike Safo with Xander Zayas

    Mike Safo with Xander Zayas

    Joined today by undefeated boxing phenom, Xander Zayas. Xander speaks about becoming the youngest boxer signed by Top Rank, but still fulfilling the promise he made to his mother of graduating High School. We talk about his viral anti-bullying campaign and how being bullied at such a young age changed his life. We chat about his legendary amateur career and his short, but dominant professional career. He tells us how he’s staying in shape during quarantine, what’s keeping him motivated and what are his thoughts of fighting in an empty arena. We hear how, he currently can only fight in 3 states due to his age and how being born 45 days late cost him a chance at representing his country in the Olympics. We discuss him following in Miguel Cotto’s footsteps and his dream of fighting at Madison Square Garden during the Puerto Rican Day Parade. From his favorite video games to the fights he’s dying to see, I had a blast chopping it up with the future Champion of the world

    Follow Xander on twitter and Instagram and purchase his merchandise in the links below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/XanderZayas

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xander.zayas/

    Merch: https://ftwrbrand.com/collections/xander-zayas

    • 28 min
    Mike Safo with Rowan Beard (Young Pioneer Tours)

    Mike Safo with Rowan Beard (Young Pioneer Tours)

    Joined today all the way from Cambodia, Rowan Beard from Young Pioneer Tours. Rowan tells us about growing up in Brisbane, not being fit for the 9-5 grind and eventually heading to Russia and Vietnam for work/adventure. We hear about when he first heard about Young Pioneer Tours, and how he worked his way form tour guide to a manager, specializing in North Korean tours and visiting the area over 120 times. He tells us what a tour to North Korea is like, what you can expect and the safety precautions they take. We also hear about other tours that YPT offers to some of the world’s least visited countries, and even countries that aren’t recognized, such as visits to Iran or Chernobyl. Obviously YPT has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic so we hear how we can help the company and when he thinks we can start traveling again. From a cave of bats in Cambodia to pub crawls in Pyongang, check out YPT on the following sites:



    • 36 min
    Mike Safo with Danny Shih

    Mike Safo with Danny Shih

    Joined today all the way from Taiwan, podcaster and University of Texas student Danny Shih. Danny and I talk about his upbringing in Taiwan and Beijing and what made him want to travel around the world and attend UT in Austin. We chat about his podcast “Rants with Danny Shih”, how it got started, his dream guests and some Texas sports. Danny tells us how he became a diehard Yankees fan watching Chien-Ming Wang dominate, we touch on the 2020 Yankees roster, signing Gerrit Cole and why he isn’t one of those unrealistic Yankee fans. We chat about the CPBL, (Chinese Professional Baseball League), the history of it, Manny Ramirez playing there and the cardboard cutout of fans we see in the stands. From why Taiwan is leading the world in the fight against Covid-19 to what to do and eat when visiting Taiwan. Check out Danny on twitter and listen to his fantastic podcast here:

    twitter: https://twitter.com/daniel_shih88

    podcast: http://rantswithdannyshih.buzzsprout.com/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Mike Safo with Andy Greene

    Mike Safo with Andy Greene

    Joined today by Rolling Stone senior writer and author of “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s”, Andy Greene. We talk about Andy living in Brooklyn, how he landed his dream job at Rolling Stone and what food he’s missing most from the land. Andy and I then chat about his Rolling Stone cover story on Howard Stern, how it was interviewing the King of All Media and his thoughts on the new Howard Stern. We discuss how he came up with the idea to write a book on the hit show, The Office, why he chose to write it in an oral format and if the quarantine was a good thing or bad thing for his sales. We talk about how Andy painstakingly put together interviews of hundreds of people involved in the show from the actors/actresses, the writers, boom mic techs and even caterers. From behind the scenes info like James Gandolfini almost becoming the CEO to breaking down the development of the characters. Check out Andy here and buy his book:



    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

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Great Interviewer

Mike has a great style when he interviews people plus dude has a genuine personality

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Da man

Mike Safo is awesome at podcasting!!! True inspiration !

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Mikes on fire!

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