Guy Raz on Building ‘How I Built This,’ Managing Depression, and Podcast Ecosystem Predictions (#462)

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” There is a natural hesitation that you develop as a journalist, which I think is necessary. Often that establishes into cynicism.”
— Guy Raz

Man Raz (@guyraz) is the developer and host of the popular podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind. Hes also the co-creator of the acclaimed podcasts TED Radio Hour and the kidss program Wow in the World. Hes gotten the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, the National Headliner Award, and the NABJ Award, amongst lots of others, and was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard.

His brand-new book is entitled How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the Worlds Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs. Previous podcast guest Adam Grant has this to state about it:” [This book is] the mom of all entrepreneurship memoirs. Its a must-read for anyone who desires to start an organization, grow an organization, or be influenced by those who do.”

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Harry Potter Books 1-7 by J.K. Rowling.

Ring: Jamie Siminoff|How I Built This with Guy Raz, NPR.

Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide|

What the Myth of Faust Can Teach United States|BBC Culture.

Income Inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area|NPR.

Uncovering Life: Awaken to Reality by Anthony de Mello.

Moscow Trials|Wikipedia.

Tim Ferriss: Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals|TED 2017.
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Fellowships|Nieman Foundation.

Steve Madden|How I Built This with Guy Raz, NPR.

Shark Tank|ABC.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters: Todd Carmichael and J.P. Iberti|How I Built This with Guy Raz, NPR.

Tim Ferriss: How Can We Become Comfortable With Discomfort?|TED Radio Hour, NPR.

Starbucks: Howard Schultz|How I Built This with Guy Raz, NPR.

Planet Money|NPR.

Still Booming: San Franciscos Oldest Businesses|SFGate.

TED Radio Hour|NPR.

Andrew Solomon: Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Depression?|3-Minute Listen, NPR.

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Wisdom From The Top|Star.

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Code Switch|NPR.

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Chicken Salad Chick: Stacy Brown|How I Built This with Guy Raz, NPR.

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Tribute to Catalonia by George Orwell.

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How I Built Resilience: Live with Stewart Butterfield and Steve Holmes|How I Built This with Guy Raz, NPR.

Why the World Should Not Forget Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields of Cambodia|The Washington Post.

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Man Raz, Host of NPRs “How I Built This,” on What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur|Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.

Case Studies|Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Man Raz, Host of NPRs “How I Built This,” on Entrepreneurship and Business|Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.

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How ASMR Became a Sensation|The New York Times.

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How the Tea Party Turned the Medias Liberal Bias|The Guardian.

How I Built This with Guy Raz|NPR.


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Belkin International: Chet Pipkin|How I Built This with Guy Raz, NPR.
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Is Guy going to concern this interview and give up? What are some of the things hes found valuable for putting interviewees at ease?
As a long-lasting journalist, what does the prep work for among Guys podcasts appear like? During the research stage, how does he discover info not commonly understood to the general public, and how might it affect the outcome of an interview?
Given that Guy can be somewhat self-effacing, how might his wife discuss why How I Built This became as popular as it has ended up being?
How did the name for How I Built This happened?
Why was the duration in between 2009 and 2012 such a turning point for Guy (and, to a bigger level, the state of journalism)?
What is it that makes George Orwells Homage to Catalonia and Arthur Koestlers Darkness at Noon specifically revealing about the human condition to Guy?
How has Guys relationship with depression changed over time?
What elements were involved in Guys choice to stop taking antidepressants after relying on them for 5 years?
How did Guy make the transition from severe military reporter to NPR host– especially after being told he didnt have the right character for it?
How did the Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard assistance transform Guys outlook on an industry he d become part of for his entire expert life? What would he advise to anybody who wishes to break out of a personal or expert rut?
How Guys spouse carried out a journaling intervention to help him get some sleep one night when his stress and anxiety was being particularly unrelenting, and what he discovered when he checked out that passage 3 months later.
What does Guy believe separates hugely successful entrepreneurs from the masses?
We each share a story about times when weve seen Rings Jamie Siminoff work to, as Jason Roberts would say, increase his luck surface area.
Characteristics, practices, and routines Guy has actually gotten from his numerous interviews throughout the years.
What does Guy think the podcasting landscape will appear like in 2 or three years?
What stories and lessons from Guys book, How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success From The Worlds Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs does he believe will still resonate in a few years time?
In what ways is Guy performing company beyond the world of podcasting?
What would Guy cover if he were to offer a TED Talk about something for which hes not currently well-known?
What would Guys billboard say?
Parting thoughts.

Person Raz (@guyraz) is the developer and host of the popular podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind. His new book is entitled How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the Worlds Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs. I typically kickstart my early mornings with their Puer Green tea and Puer Black tea, and I alternate in between the 2. TED Radio Hour, NPR.
3-Minute Listen, NPR.