192 Lori Tharps | Showing What’s Possible

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Harry Duran welcomes to the podcast journalist, author, and fellow podcaster, Lori Tharps. Lori is the host of the My American Melting Pot Podcast, a show that features candid conversations about popular culture, examined through a multicultural lens. In this episode, Lori and Harry talk about best practices to navigate polarizing topics within podcasts. They discuss the different styles of interviewing podcast guests and the importance of preparation and research. Finally, Lori shares her upcoming projects, including a trip to Spain where she will be conducting research for her latest book.

What We Covered:

  • 03:30 – Harry welcomes Lori Tharps to the podcast
  • 03:46 – How Harry and Lori originally met
  • 08:49 – The story of how Lori started her podcast
  • 12:39 – Lori talks about the supportive nature of the podcast community
  • 18:55 – How Lori started her blog
  • 21:12 – The format of the My American Meltingpot podcast
  • 24:42 – How to navigate sensitive, polarizing topics
  • 27:50 – The importance of preparation and research
  • 28:54 – How Lori’s background in journalism helped her become a great podcast host
  • 31:51 – The goal of Lori’s podcast
  • 35:31 – Lori’s secret wish to be a standup comedian
  • 37:47 – The knowledge Lori gained from listening to a bevy of different podcasts
  • 39:26 – The art of the interview
  • 41:40 – The reason Lori interviews her guests in a studio
  • 44:01 – Lori talks about a very intimate interview she conducted with a jazz musician
  • 46:32 – My American Meltingpot in Spain!/Lori’s upcoming trip to Spain
  • 48:48 – Harry and Lori talk about the next Podcast Movement Conference in Orlando
  • 52:47 – What is something Lori has changed her mind about recently
  • 54:09 – What is the most misunderstood thing about Lori


Links Mentioned

Lori’s Website

Lori’s Twitter

Lori’s Instagram

Lori’s Facebook

Podcast Movement Website

Lori’s Books

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America

Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream

Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America's Diverse Families

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Lori’s Website

My American Meltingpot

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