Podcast Junkies was born out of a genuine interest in and curiosity for this growing league of podcast hosts. It's hosted by Harry Duran. It features wide-ranging, authentic and sometimes candid interviews with this family of voices behind the microphone. The shows themselves cover a variety of topics such as Business, Finance Entrepreneurism, History, Comedy, Storytelling and more. Podcast Junkies explores the motivations behind the podcast's inception and allows the listener to connect on a more personal level with some of their favorite hosts.
277 Bill Barol & Mat Ricard - Creators Respecting Creators
Harry welcomes to the show, co-hosts of the Imagination and Junk podcast, Bill Barol & Mat Ricardo. Bill is a writer and podcast creator who has gained critical acclaim for his work on the podcast HOME: Stories from L.A. Mat is a performer, modern-day vaudeville and one of the greatest variety artists working today. This unlikely duo met and formed a friendship during the COVID-19 pandemic, where they came up with the concept of Imagination and Junk, a freewheeling transatlantic conversation about creativity -- what it is, where it comes from and why it matters.
In this episode, Harry, Bill and Mat talk all about creativity and content creation. Bill and Mat open up about how the pandemic impacted their lives and how they were able to create in spite of this global challenge. Mat shares his background as a performer, including the first time he ever got paid to perform. Bill speaks to the importance of being vulnerable and authentic in the Arts. Finally, they each share their thoughts on the future of Imagination and Junk and talk about one thing they’ve recently changed their minds about.
276 Joe Casabona - Curiosity Beats Criticism
Harry welcomes to the show, educator, author and podcast consultant, Joe Casabona. Joe is the host of How I Built It, a podcast that provides insight from tech savvy small business owners and developers on how they built their products, from idea to execution.
In this episode, Harry and Joe talk about Joe’s circuitous route to entrepreneurship, from a stint teaching at the collegiate level to eventually reaching self-employment and launching his own podcasting company. Joe opens up about his prior role at an agency and the decision to leave to pursue his passion. He shares lessons he’s learned throughout the years, including why curiosity is a major key success factor in life. Finally, Joe shares something he’s changed his mind about recently and speaks to why his inquisitive nature has made him a naturally gifted podcast host.
275 Jen Briney - Talking Government, Not Politics
Harry welcomes to the show, executive producer and podcast host, Jen Briney. Jen is the host of the Congressional Dish Podcast, a twice-monthly show that aims to draw attention to where the American people truly have power: Congress. From the perspective of a fed up taxpayer with no allegiance to any political party, Jen fills her listeners in on the must-know information about what our representatives do AFTER the elections and how their actions can and will affect our day to day lives.
In this episode, Harry and Jen talk about the genesis of Jen’s Congressional Dish podcast and why it’s focused more on government than politics. Have you ever wondered why we focus more on the Presidency than Congress, the branch of government that writes, debates and passes the bills that become laws that impact our daily lives? Jen talks about crypto, the political awakening that is happening in our society today and the power of being informed.
274 Jason DeFillippo - A Brief History of Podcasting
Harry welcomes to the show, professional podcast producer, editor and host, Jason DeFillippo. Jason is the co-host of Grumpy Old Geeks, a no-holds-barred show about the Internet and how it's affecting our lives for good or bad. Since 1994, Jason’s launched hundreds of websites as either a programmer, designer or founder. Almost eight years ago, he pivoted from programming to full time podcast producer, editor, and host.
In this episode, Harry and Jason geek out over the podcast industry, how far they’ve both come as professional podcasters and what the future holds for the medium. Jason opens up about his journey as a podcaster, specifically how he’s honed his hosting skills and what inspired him to start Grumpy Old Geeks. He speaks to the work he did on the Art of Charm, the impact COVID- 19 had on podcast downloads and his feelings on dynamic ads and monetization.
273 Agnes Kozera - A Content Creation Champion
Harry welcomes to the show Agnes Kozera, SVP and co-head of PodCorn, the largest podcast platform, connecting podcasters with advertisers for native sponsorships. Agnes is passionate about building tools that empower and support the growth of brands and content creators across different mediums.
In this episode, Harry and Agnes talk about the traits and characteristics that make successful entrepreneurs and why immigrants tend to have a strong work ethic that aligns well with entrepreneurship. Agnes speaks to her passion for content creation and what inspired her to launch Podcorn. She reflects on the journey from start-up to being acquired by Google and the challenges and opportunities that arose from the acquisition. Finally, Agnes talks about why she identifies herself as a champion for content creators everywhere.
272 Corinna Bellizzi - Fulfilling a Growing Need for Change
Harry welcomes to the show, entrepreneur, podcaster and proponent of social impact and sustainability, Corinna Bellizzi. Corinna is the host of Care More Be Better: A Social Impact + Sustainability Podcast, a show that shares the stories of inspired people that are committed to social good.
In this episode, Harry and Corinna engage in a meaningful examination of social impact and the growing need for positive change. Corinna opens up about her podcast journey, how she formats her episodes and how she identifies which guests to interview. They go on to talk about Corinna’s passion for cars, something she’s changed her mind about recently and the ethos of her podcast.
As a fellow podcaster, I’m always looking for ways to get better and stay on top of the latest trends/strategies for delivering a great experience to our audience. Podcast Junkies helps me do just that!
Educational yet fun
Harry has some great guests on his podcast, and I especially enjoyed the Russ Johns interview. Fabulous guests with a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn about anything!
The silky smooth voice of Harry Duran!
A solid conversationalist talking with interesting people in an open format. Great for hearing some of the insiders of podcasting open up.