April 22, 2006

Instapundit Interview

Yesterday I was interviewed on the Glenn and Helen show over at Instapundit. You can listen to the mp3 version of the show here, or you can get the podcast for Itunes here.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at April 22, 2006 09:07 AM
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So it's the Big J, not Syria; but I was close. Did anybody guess right?

Fine podcast EXCEPT your own voice was mixed down in volume far too much; WHENEVER GLENN SPOKE I had to manually turn him down, and turn you back up.

Wish you could have said an improvement on the one line in Nat. Geo. that you disagreed with.

Your VI part series; great; no surprise -- yet, still surprisingly good. Keep up the good work.

I think you'd get more institutional support (Atlantic? New Yorker?) if you wrote, er, compiled a book of many of your best blog posts.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Libertay Dad at April 22, 2006 02:51 PM

Tom,

I don't remember off the top of my head what the one line in the National Geographic article specifically was that I didn't think was right. It had to do with Kirkuk, but I didn't have the article in front of me and didn't want to mischaracterize it.

Also, blog posts will never make a good book. I am writing a book, and it will be a real one.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at April 22, 2006 02:55 PM

Good interview, only wish they'd given you more time. I've always liked Austin Bay too.
So when you said a place you aren't supposed to go did you mean Iraq or did you mean Palestine?

Posted by: Rommel at April 22, 2006 06:37 PM

Rommel,

When I said it was a place I wasn't supposed to go, I was only half-serious. And I meant Israel. I was not supposed to go there according to the laws of the country I was living in - Lebanon - at the time I went.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at April 22, 2006 08:14 PM

Michael, congratulations! Great interview. Looking forward to that book.

Posted by: Asher Abrams - Dreams Into Lightning at April 23, 2006 06:20 AM

Oh you mean the 'We'll provide the question AND the answer' podcast by the Insta-Fools?

I haven't heard yours yet but I did listen to one interview and it was terrible...so amateurishly spoon-feeding the guest to get the answers they wanted..."So, Mr. Guest...Were you against Saddam Hussein because he was a bad man?" Totally lame and the guest was in fact quite interesting. I hope they have gotten better. I have no doubt the Reynolds are fairly bright people and certainly enterprising...but as to interviews...well practice should make them better, though I wonder if less conventional in their thinking.

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