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In this podcast episode, James talks to our producer Jay Yow about the show's first ten years, James' experience with interviewing before starting the podcast, and his podcast goals for the next decade. This conversation comes after James has conducted 1300 interviews over nearly a decade.
James has a rich and varied background in media and entertainment, which has informed his approach to podcasting. Prior to launching his show, James worked at HBO, where he developed and produced the web series "3 AM." This project, which followed the lives of New York City night owls, was ahead of its time and was an early example of the kind of storytelling that would come to define podcasting.
After leaving HBO, James went on to help other creators launch successful podcasts, including Tim Ferriss, whose show has become one of the most popular and influential podcasts in the world. James' experience with Ferriss helped inform the importance of having a strong point of view and being willing to take risks to create something truly unique.
Throughout his career as a podcast host, James has had his share of fears and favorite moments. He admits that it can be nerve-wracking to interview high-profile guests or tackle sensitive topics, but he also finds great joy in the process of discovery and the opportunity to share fascinating stories with his audience. Some of his favorite moments as a host include the times when he has been surprised by the insights or perspectives of his guests, or when he has been able to cultivate friendships with his interviewees such as chess legend Garry Kasparov.
Despite the challenges and uncertainties of the industry, James remains passionate about podcasting and is excited to see where the medium will go in the years to come. His experience and perspective have helped him to create a show that is both entertaining and insightful, and he continues to push himself to take risks and explore new avenues of storytelling.
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