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.
Episodes with Smash Notes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harry welcomes to the show, teachers and podcast hosts, Mealey & Tudsicso. Mealey and Tudisco are the hosts of Unprofessional Development, a show that showcases real teachers telling real stories and sharing their wisdom, insights and experience from the world of education. In this episode, Mealey & Tudisco share the story of how they met and what inspired them to bring their unique perspective on education to a podcast. They talk about their own real-life stories from the classroom and reflect on their growth as podcast hosts. Finally, they discuss how the global pandemic impacted their podcast and regale the audience with the backstory of how they attained an unbelievable guest for their show.
Harry welcomes to the show, logistics professional, event planner and podcaster, Ever Gonzalez. Ever is the host of Outlier On Air, a podcast that features conversations with founders, disruptors and mavens who are breaking the status quo and changing the world. In this episode, Harry and Ever discuss Ever’s unique career trajectory, from logistics to event planning and podcasting. Ever talks about the work that goes into planning and hosting events, conferences and even microevents and speculates on what the coming year holds for the podcasting industry. Finally, Ever stresses the value he places on the relationships he’s made and the unique conversations he’s had throughout his podcasting journey.
Harry welcomes to the show, founder, creative producer, podcaster and moderator, Espree Devora. Espree certainly wears many hats as she is listed by Inc. Magazine as a top 30 Women in Tech to follow. Harpers Bazaar says her podcast is the top 10 to listen to and she is one of the faces of Clubhouse app icon, the most influential audio social app. In this episode, Harry and Espree share their experiences as podcasters and what excites them the most about this ever-growing medium. Espree opens up about her childhood and how her experiences shaped her into a vulnerable and passionate woman. Finally, Espree encourages all podcasters who may be struggling or frustrated to stay the course and provides an inspirational story to back it up!
Harry welcomes to the show, author, comedian, podcast host and rhetorical expert, Daniel B. French. Dan is the founder of Rhetoric Warriors, an idea that was born during the Trump era as a way to help people who were struggling with a type of volatile politics that splits families, destroys relationships, and ultimately threatens the foundations of American Democracy. In this episode, Harry and Dan discuss the modern version of rhetoric and the power of persuasion. Dan speaks to a seminal moment in his education, his involvement in comedy and how his eclectic background has impacted his parenting. Finally, Dan talks about the importance of using ethical persuasion to drown out unethical persuasion.
Harry welcomes to the show, single dad, veteran of the United States Airforce and podcast host, Brett Allan. Brett is the host of The Brett Allan Show, a weekly podcast where Brett interviews celebrities, comedians, and pop culture icons from your favorite movies, television shows, and much more. Today, Harry and Brett discuss Brett’s podcast journey, the decision to rebrand his show and why he chose to interview celebrities. They talk about how Brett differentiates his show from other similar interview-based podcasts, strategies he’s employed to help grow his brand and audience and why leaving a legacy for his son is always top of mind.