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144 Richard Davies | A Passion for Solutions

By Harry Duran

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 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 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 Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/richard-davies-interview

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