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Host Tim Sinclair talks with some of the world's all-time greatest interviewers about their all-time worst interviews. They laugh a lot and learn a little. All in about 15 minutes.

Latest Episodes

MWIE 037: Glenn the Geek (Has a Chip)

If you run in podcasting circles long enough, it's easy to discover people in the industry who virtually everyone respects. A fewhavedeveloped a gigantic following. Some have perfectly corneredtheir niche. Others have simply been podcastingsince the very beginning. For me, several names always seem to come up: John Lee Dumas, Jeff Brown, Daniel J Lewis, and...Glenn the Geek. For those of us still trying to learnwhere we fit into the podcasting universe, Glenn is a role model. Not only has he developed a gigantic podcasting network based on a rather small niche, but he has done it with grace, with a smile, and without too many burrs in his saddle. Glenn Hebert (otherwise known as "Glenn the Geek") heads up the Horse Radio Network…which is now one of the largest podcasting networks in the world. Glenn’s network of shows have more than 7,200 interviews under their collective belts, with listeners in 92 different countries. SHOW NOTES: 0:28 - Glenn goes by many names, but out of all t...

16 MIN2017 APR 25
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MWIE 037: Glenn the Geek (Has a Chip)

MWIE 036: Jen Briney (Holds A Grudge)

Some people notice things. Other people do things. Some people talk. Other people act. Some people complain. Other people create. Our guest today is other people. After noticing discrepancies between what's true in Washington and what's reported about Washington--and a severe lack of transparency within Congress--Jen Briney decided to do something about it. She createdthe Congressional Dish podcast, which ultimately became hugely successful, and it's truly making a difference. Not only will you learn how to dointerviews and podcasts from Jen...you'll learn about how to do life. Jen Briney is the host of Congressional Dish and is one of the fortunate few whose podcast is her full-time job. Jen digs into the bills being passed in Congress and reports on the important news within them that largely goes uncovered. SHOW NOTES: 0:43 - What is Congressional Dish and how did it start? 3:18 - Jen's worst interview ever involved lies, deception, and (ultimately) anger. 7:31 - Find out how to ...

16 MIN2017 APR 17
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MWIE 036: Jen Briney (Holds A Grudge)

MWIE 035: Buck Ballard (Gets Sick)

It seems like nearly every podcaster has a "day job." A job that pays the bills and provides the knowledge and/or expertise a host needs for his show. Over the course of this podcast, one of my favorite parts has been learning my guests' wide variety of "day jobs." Accountants, consultants, developers, radio hosts. Today, I talk with Buck Ballard who--in real life--is a truck driver. And he managed to turn his knowledge of the road into a successful podcast with his son. His story is fascinating and should be an encouragement foranyaspiring podcaster. It ispossible to turn your experience and your passion--no matter what it is--into content that others want to consume. Buck did...and you can too. Buck Ballard is the co-host of "The Trucking Podcast" (along with his son Don) and of "The Tom and Kris Camping Podcast" (along with his wife, Kris)…but, primarily, Buck is a truck driver. It’s what he loves and what feeds his family. SHOW NOTES: 0:54 - In addition to being a podcaster, B...

15 MIN2017 APR 12
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MWIE 035: Buck Ballard (Gets Sick)

MWIE 034: Philip Keller (Hangs Up)

As much as I don't want to admit it, I can be an "excuses guy." Miss an appointment with a client? Blame it on not enough sleep or a congested calendar. Bad night playing volleyball? Perhaps I ate too much or didn't stretch. It often feels like the last thing I want to do is admit thatI'mthe issue rather than my circumstances. Today's guest on My Worst Interview Ever apparently doesn't struggle with that same issue. He's blind...and yet most people would never know it. In fact, for years, his radio audience didn't have a clue. He was just "Trapper Jack", the fun-loving guy in the morning. But today Philip Keller is using his story of blindness to change people's lives...in the most miraculous of ways. Philip Keller is thehost of the Blind Faith Live podcast, which is super-appropriate since Philip is blind and the show is about faith. He also used to do morning radio, which (in his own words) was done with “a unique blend of wit, civic pride and spirituality.” SHOW NOTES: 1:27 - P...

17 MIN2017 APR 10
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MWIE 034: Philip Keller (Hangs Up)

MWIE 033: David Hooper (Loses His Guest)

Just like Los Angeles is filled with actors masquerading as waiters, Nashville is packed to the rafters with musicians waiting tables as well. The competition for available gigs is extremely steep and the odds for making a living are extremely long. Several decades ago, Nashville-born David Hooper realized that his skill set made him less of a candidate for playing music and more of a candidate for marketing it. So, that's what he chose to do. And he did so extremely successfully. Today, however, David has taken those marketing skills to "influencers" (authors, podcasters, bloggers, etc.)...as well as to his own radio show and podcast. The former of which left him with an amazing "worst interview ever." David Hooper is a 20-year veteran of the music marketing industry, as well as an author, podcaster and radio host. David enlists the techniques he used to help musicians to grow their fanbases, spread their music, and make money now help authors, bloggers, and podcasters grow their a...

17 MIN2017 MAR 24
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MWIE 033: David Hooper (Loses His Guest)

MWIE 032: Kenn Blanchard (Gets Political)

They say there are two things you should never talk about at work: politics and religion. (Unless you work at FoxNews or CNN, I suppose.) There are just certain topics that divide people, start fights, and ultimately cause more problems than they solve. But don't tell that to Kenn Blanchard. Kenn adds race to the political and spiritual mix, and then talks about all three issues all the time. And, remarkably, he does it with great clarity and success. His background is something movies are made of, and his story is one you won't want to miss. After five years in the Marines and some time with the CIA, Kenneth Blanchard, Sr. is now a pastor, professional speaker, new media advocate, broadcaster, author, musician, firearms trainer, and entrepreneur. He's probably best known from his hit podcast called "Black Man With A Gun." SHOW NOTES: 0:18 - The "Black Man with a Gun" is also a Reverend! 0:53 - Kenn describes himself as "The Forrest Gump of Adventure." Learn why. 4:42 - A politician...

13 MIN2017 MAR 22
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MWIE 032: Kenn Blanchard (Gets Political)

MWIE 031: Gary Leland (Offends the BBC)

Since starting RINGR, I learned of a phrase called "first to market." Entrepreneurs and investors particularly like it because the concept is seen as a major advantage in the business world. It stands to reason that--if you can be the first company to present X product to market--then you'll have a better chance of getting and retaining a majority of the consumers who have been looking for X. Even if others come along later and try to copy what you're doing. I'm not sure I've ever heard a more convincing story of the "first to market" idea than Gary Leland's. Nearly everything he's done, he's done first. And he has been very, very successful because of it. From wallpaper to softball to podcasting, Gary's story is remarkable...as is his worst interview ever. Gary Leland is a podcaster and entrepreneur who started selling wallpaper in a retail store in the 80’s, online in the 90’s, moved into baseball and softball equipment sales, and then began podcasting in 2004. He now publishes ...

16 MIN2017 MAR 20
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MWIE 031: Gary Leland (Offends the BBC)

MWIE 030: Matt Macbeth (Gets Tricked)

I first met Matt at an investor meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. A mutual friend introduced us, knowing that we had each spent significant amounts of time in the audio space. Matt on the technical side. Me on the creative side. Also, Matt was carrying a large rubber ducky which made it nearly impossible to not strike up a conversation. Anyway, as it turns out, Matt is a really cool (and smart) dude...and he and his rubber ducky stand on the edge of an interactive children's toy gold mine. Matt is also a burgeoning content creator, who very quickly developed a "worst interview ever." Two of them, actually. Matt Macbeth is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of Pi Lab (featuring Edwin the Duck), and a budding podcaster/vlogger. He’s also an innovator, visionary, audio expert, and (in his words) "recovering engineer." SHOW NOTES: 0:40 - Why does Matt carry a rubber ducky around with him? 2:51 - Matt is relatively new to the podcast space, and has already had a few terrible experiences with ...

11 MIN2017 MAR 17
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MWIE 030: Matt Macbeth (Gets Tricked)

MWIE 029: Ana Marie Cox (Tears Up)

Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic and is the Senior Political Correspondent for MTV News. She writes about politics and policy, and hosts the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and—despite frequently tweeting about cats—has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter. SHOW NOTES: 0:36 - How did Ana get so many freaking followers on Twitter? She says it's because she "cheated." We say it's because she's awesome. 2:58 - Of all the people Ana has interviewed, an awkward, in-person chatwith Senator Ted Cruz takes her top spot as "worst interview ever." 6:15 - Ana tried to get him to answer the question, "If I bake the cake for the gay people, what is God mad about?" He didn't. 8:57 - When all else fails, ask about Star Trek. 10:09 - Ana uses RINGR for her role with MTV News, and you can check it out for free right now. 12:01 - Tim tries really hard to make a compelling analogy and ends up mixing two complete...

16 MIN2017 MAR 15
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MWIE 029: Ana Marie Cox (Tears Up)

MWIE 028: Allan Tepper (Gets Ousted)

There are things in life we wish we could do. And then there are things in life we're willing to do. For example, I really wish I could speak Spanish. However, aftertaking two years of Spanish in high school, going on four extended trips to Peru, and owning a timeshare in Mexico, it's apparently not going to happen. If those things aren't going to motivate me to learn a new language, I'm not sure anything will. At this point, I'm simply not willing to put the time in to turn my wish into a reality. As a young boy, Allan Tepper's life changed when he decided to put the necessary work into learning a second language. Not only is he now bi-lingual, but he has turned language into a business. Several of them, in fact. Why did Allan decide to learn Spanish? That's a story you're going to have to hear to believe.(Spoiler alert: it involves an elderly neighbor and his grandmother's cat.) Allan Tepper is an author, consultant, pro audio/video specialist, tech journalist, and broadcaster…as...

15 MIN2017 MAR 13
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MWIE 028: Allan Tepper (Gets Ousted)

Latest Episodes

MWIE 037: Glenn the Geek (Has a Chip)

If you run in podcasting circles long enough, it's easy to discover people in the industry who virtually everyone respects. A fewhavedeveloped a gigantic following. Some have perfectly corneredtheir niche. Others have simply been podcastingsince the very beginning. For me, several names always seem to come up: John Lee Dumas, Jeff Brown, Daniel J Lewis, and...Glenn the Geek. For those of us still trying to learnwhere we fit into the podcasting universe, Glenn is a role model. Not only has he developed a gigantic podcasting network based on a rather small niche, but he has done it with grace, with a smile, and without too many burrs in his saddle. Glenn Hebert (otherwise known as "Glenn the Geek") heads up the Horse Radio Network…which is now one of the largest podcasting networks in the world. Glenn’s network of shows have more than 7,200 interviews under their collective belts, with listeners in 92 different countries. SHOW NOTES: 0:28 - Glenn goes by many names, but out of all t...

16 MIN2017 APR 25
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MWIE 037: Glenn the Geek (Has a Chip)

MWIE 036: Jen Briney (Holds A Grudge)

Some people notice things. Other people do things. Some people talk. Other people act. Some people complain. Other people create. Our guest today is other people. After noticing discrepancies between what's true in Washington and what's reported about Washington--and a severe lack of transparency within Congress--Jen Briney decided to do something about it. She createdthe Congressional Dish podcast, which ultimately became hugely successful, and it's truly making a difference. Not only will you learn how to dointerviews and podcasts from Jen...you'll learn about how to do life. Jen Briney is the host of Congressional Dish and is one of the fortunate few whose podcast is her full-time job. Jen digs into the bills being passed in Congress and reports on the important news within them that largely goes uncovered. SHOW NOTES: 0:43 - What is Congressional Dish and how did it start? 3:18 - Jen's worst interview ever involved lies, deception, and (ultimately) anger. 7:31 - Find out how to ...

16 MIN2017 APR 17
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MWIE 036: Jen Briney (Holds A Grudge)

MWIE 035: Buck Ballard (Gets Sick)

It seems like nearly every podcaster has a "day job." A job that pays the bills and provides the knowledge and/or expertise a host needs for his show. Over the course of this podcast, one of my favorite parts has been learning my guests' wide variety of "day jobs." Accountants, consultants, developers, radio hosts. Today, I talk with Buck Ballard who--in real life--is a truck driver. And he managed to turn his knowledge of the road into a successful podcast with his son. His story is fascinating and should be an encouragement foranyaspiring podcaster. It ispossible to turn your experience and your passion--no matter what it is--into content that others want to consume. Buck did...and you can too. Buck Ballard is the co-host of "The Trucking Podcast" (along with his son Don) and of "The Tom and Kris Camping Podcast" (along with his wife, Kris)…but, primarily, Buck is a truck driver. It’s what he loves and what feeds his family. SHOW NOTES: 0:54 - In addition to being a podcaster, B...

15 MIN2017 APR 12
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MWIE 035: Buck Ballard (Gets Sick)

MWIE 034: Philip Keller (Hangs Up)

As much as I don't want to admit it, I can be an "excuses guy." Miss an appointment with a client? Blame it on not enough sleep or a congested calendar. Bad night playing volleyball? Perhaps I ate too much or didn't stretch. It often feels like the last thing I want to do is admit thatI'mthe issue rather than my circumstances. Today's guest on My Worst Interview Ever apparently doesn't struggle with that same issue. He's blind...and yet most people would never know it. In fact, for years, his radio audience didn't have a clue. He was just "Trapper Jack", the fun-loving guy in the morning. But today Philip Keller is using his story of blindness to change people's lives...in the most miraculous of ways. Philip Keller is thehost of the Blind Faith Live podcast, which is super-appropriate since Philip is blind and the show is about faith. He also used to do morning radio, which (in his own words) was done with “a unique blend of wit, civic pride and spirituality.” SHOW NOTES: 1:27 - P...

17 MIN2017 APR 10
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MWIE 034: Philip Keller (Hangs Up)

MWIE 033: David Hooper (Loses His Guest)

Just like Los Angeles is filled with actors masquerading as waiters, Nashville is packed to the rafters with musicians waiting tables as well. The competition for available gigs is extremely steep and the odds for making a living are extremely long. Several decades ago, Nashville-born David Hooper realized that his skill set made him less of a candidate for playing music and more of a candidate for marketing it. So, that's what he chose to do. And he did so extremely successfully. Today, however, David has taken those marketing skills to "influencers" (authors, podcasters, bloggers, etc.)...as well as to his own radio show and podcast. The former of which left him with an amazing "worst interview ever." David Hooper is a 20-year veteran of the music marketing industry, as well as an author, podcaster and radio host. David enlists the techniques he used to help musicians to grow their fanbases, spread their music, and make money now help authors, bloggers, and podcasters grow their a...

17 MIN2017 MAR 24
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MWIE 033: David Hooper (Loses His Guest)

MWIE 032: Kenn Blanchard (Gets Political)

They say there are two things you should never talk about at work: politics and religion. (Unless you work at FoxNews or CNN, I suppose.) There are just certain topics that divide people, start fights, and ultimately cause more problems than they solve. But don't tell that to Kenn Blanchard. Kenn adds race to the political and spiritual mix, and then talks about all three issues all the time. And, remarkably, he does it with great clarity and success. His background is something movies are made of, and his story is one you won't want to miss. After five years in the Marines and some time with the CIA, Kenneth Blanchard, Sr. is now a pastor, professional speaker, new media advocate, broadcaster, author, musician, firearms trainer, and entrepreneur. He's probably best known from his hit podcast called "Black Man With A Gun." SHOW NOTES: 0:18 - The "Black Man with a Gun" is also a Reverend! 0:53 - Kenn describes himself as "The Forrest Gump of Adventure." Learn why. 4:42 - A politician...

13 MIN2017 MAR 22
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MWIE 032: Kenn Blanchard (Gets Political)

MWIE 031: Gary Leland (Offends the BBC)

Since starting RINGR, I learned of a phrase called "first to market." Entrepreneurs and investors particularly like it because the concept is seen as a major advantage in the business world. It stands to reason that--if you can be the first company to present X product to market--then you'll have a better chance of getting and retaining a majority of the consumers who have been looking for X. Even if others come along later and try to copy what you're doing. I'm not sure I've ever heard a more convincing story of the "first to market" idea than Gary Leland's. Nearly everything he's done, he's done first. And he has been very, very successful because of it. From wallpaper to softball to podcasting, Gary's story is remarkable...as is his worst interview ever. Gary Leland is a podcaster and entrepreneur who started selling wallpaper in a retail store in the 80’s, online in the 90’s, moved into baseball and softball equipment sales, and then began podcasting in 2004. He now publishes ...

16 MIN2017 MAR 20
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MWIE 031: Gary Leland (Offends the BBC)

MWIE 030: Matt Macbeth (Gets Tricked)

I first met Matt at an investor meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. A mutual friend introduced us, knowing that we had each spent significant amounts of time in the audio space. Matt on the technical side. Me on the creative side. Also, Matt was carrying a large rubber ducky which made it nearly impossible to not strike up a conversation. Anyway, as it turns out, Matt is a really cool (and smart) dude...and he and his rubber ducky stand on the edge of an interactive children's toy gold mine. Matt is also a burgeoning content creator, who very quickly developed a "worst interview ever." Two of them, actually. Matt Macbeth is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of Pi Lab (featuring Edwin the Duck), and a budding podcaster/vlogger. He’s also an innovator, visionary, audio expert, and (in his words) "recovering engineer." SHOW NOTES: 0:40 - Why does Matt carry a rubber ducky around with him? 2:51 - Matt is relatively new to the podcast space, and has already had a few terrible experiences with ...

11 MIN2017 MAR 17
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MWIE 030: Matt Macbeth (Gets Tricked)

MWIE 029: Ana Marie Cox (Tears Up)

Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic and is the Senior Political Correspondent for MTV News. She writes about politics and policy, and hosts the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and—despite frequently tweeting about cats—has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter. SHOW NOTES: 0:36 - How did Ana get so many freaking followers on Twitter? She says it's because she "cheated." We say it's because she's awesome. 2:58 - Of all the people Ana has interviewed, an awkward, in-person chatwith Senator Ted Cruz takes her top spot as "worst interview ever." 6:15 - Ana tried to get him to answer the question, "If I bake the cake for the gay people, what is God mad about?" He didn't. 8:57 - When all else fails, ask about Star Trek. 10:09 - Ana uses RINGR for her role with MTV News, and you can check it out for free right now. 12:01 - Tim tries really hard to make a compelling analogy and ends up mixing two complete...

16 MIN2017 MAR 15
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MWIE 029: Ana Marie Cox (Tears Up)

MWIE 028: Allan Tepper (Gets Ousted)

There are things in life we wish we could do. And then there are things in life we're willing to do. For example, I really wish I could speak Spanish. However, aftertaking two years of Spanish in high school, going on four extended trips to Peru, and owning a timeshare in Mexico, it's apparently not going to happen. If those things aren't going to motivate me to learn a new language, I'm not sure anything will. At this point, I'm simply not willing to put the time in to turn my wish into a reality. As a young boy, Allan Tepper's life changed when he decided to put the necessary work into learning a second language. Not only is he now bi-lingual, but he has turned language into a business. Several of them, in fact. Why did Allan decide to learn Spanish? That's a story you're going to have to hear to believe.(Spoiler alert: it involves an elderly neighbor and his grandmother's cat.) Allan Tepper is an author, consultant, pro audio/video specialist, tech journalist, and broadcaster…as...

15 MIN2017 MAR 13
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MWIE 028: Allan Tepper (Gets Ousted)
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