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070 Bill Barol | Defining the Meaning of Home, One Story at a Time

By Harry Duran

Bill Barol is the host of HOME: Stories From L.A. and the author of Thanks for Killing Me. He is also a journalist and has written for various web sites such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and others. Although Bill’s podcast is relatively new, it really stood out to me because of its high quality. Bill talks on how he came up with the theme for the podcast and why he decided to use podcasting as the medium. This episode is a bit longer than usual, so get comfortable and enjoy the show! Show Highlights 00:05:35 – I talk about the quality of Bill’s podcast. 00:06:25 – What has the reaction to Bill’s podcast been like so far? 00:08:55 – Why did Bill decide to get into podcasting? 00:14:05 – Bill talks about equipment used for podcasting. 00:16:10 – Even though Bill’s podcast is new, I knew right away he was taking it seriously. 00:20:15 – Home is a loaded word, so why did he choose it for the theme of his podcast? 00:25:20 – Bill has a complicated relationship with Philadelphia, the city he grew up in. 00:29:30 – Bill is open to hearing out people’s story ideas for his podcast. 00:32:15 – Why was the 1994 Northridge earthquake a defining moment for Bill? 00:36:25 – That story stood out to me because I was in New York during 9/11. 00:38:55 – How does Bill choose the music he uses in the podcast? 00:44:25 – We learn about the back story behind Episode 2: In Their Room. 00:55:05 – Bill talks about Episode 3: One Man’s Town, and Episode 5: Growing Up 818. 01:09:10 – Bill talks about his experience in journalism and the transformation from print to digital. 01:12:50 – Bill talks about the cover piece he wrote on David Letterman. 01:16:55 – We talk about co-sleeping with our pets. 01:18:25 – What has Bill changed his mind about recently? 01:20:10 – What challenges does Bill anticipate while trying to grow the show? 01:28:00 – Be consistent with your podcast. 01:30:00 – Bill has been publishing 2-3 minute extras from each interview that didn’t make the cut.   FULL SHOW NOTES:  

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