144 Richard Davies | A Passion for Solutions

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Richard Davies is a journalist with over 30 years experience covering breaking news in politics and business who has now turned to podcasting to find the solutions to the problems that weigh heavily on all of our minds. He co-hosts the How Do We Fix It podcast alongside his longtime friend and journalist, Jim Meigs. Their show looks to find better ways to talk about the issues and problems that all of us face by featuring innovative thinkers and discussing with them the solutions to these often complex situations.

What We Covered:

  • 03:13 – His thoughts on Podcast Movement
  • 04:49 – The differences between being an on-air news correspondent and a podcaster
  • 05:53 – If his colleagues are curious about his podcasting journey and one thing he’s really learned from podcasting
  • 07:08 – The habits he needed to unlearn from radio when he began to podcast
  • 07:44 – What inspired him to take on podcasting
  • 09:16 – The shows he was listening to that gave him inspiration
  • 10:25 – The host of his show, Jim Meigs and their relationship
  • 11:26 – Richard explains, Change My Mind, the first show he wanted to produce
  • 13:06 – What he did to get guests on his show and what they discovered about attracting guests
  • 14:06 – How he and Jim promise guests a lively interview
  • 15:15 – If guests tell them that the interview was different than what their used to
  • 15:49 – Who his dream guests are
  • 16:38 – What Jim and Neil deGrasse Tyson have in common
  • 17:25 – The feedback they’ve received that’s changed the direction of their show
  • 19:08 – If he’s surprised by the personal nature of podcasting
  • 19:53 – Richard proselytizing for podcasts and how he shows people where to find his
  • 21:48 – The fall of the Berlin Wall: his favorite story he covered as a journalist
  • 24:17 – Appreciating and covering historical moments in history such as 9/11
  • 25:17 – His time living in Hastings, NY and Britain
  • 25:59 – How spending viagra online canada time in the States and England has shaped his worldview
  • 26:41 – When he first knew he wanted to become a journalist
  • 28:16 – If watching journalists on TV was important to him growing up and emulating your idols
  • 29:39 – Two of his favorite journalists
  • 30:42 – Films he thinks have portrayed the news and journalism accurately
  • 33:08 – What he thinks of HBO’s, The Newsroom
  • 33:37 – Richard talks about his episode with Aaron Pilhofer, How Trust Can Save Journalism
  • 37:19 – How he feels about some podcasts
  • 38:36 – The idea behind the Fix It Shorts
  • 40:58 – Where his motivation to continue podcasting comes from
  • 42:09 – How Donald Trump’s election has changed our political landscape
  • 43:41 – What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 46:04 – The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 46:37 – Richard asks me a few questions about his show


Links Mentioned

How Do We Fix It
Richard on Twitter
How Do We Fix It on Twitter
Podcast Movement
The Tom Leykis Show
PJ101: Celebrating 10 Years of Podcasting with Grammar Girl
Freakanomics Radio
Story Corps from NPR
How Do We Fix It #102 with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Journalist Charles Osgood
The movie about Julian Assange – Underground: The Julian Assange Story
How Do We Fix It #107 with Aaron Pilhofer
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast
The Daily podcast from the New York Times
An Eco Modernist Manifesto website (Michael Shellenberger)
How Do We Fix It #46 with Michael Shellenberger
How Do We Fix It #35 with Maajid Nawaz
How Do We Fix It #51 with Eddie Alterman

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