Behind the Byline: Ryan HeathSeptember 15, 2021
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Ryan Heath is the host of POLITICO’s newly launched Global Insider podcast — listen to the first episode here — that brings you intimate conversations with the world’s most powerful people, and the author of the Global Insider newsletter, which unpacks essential world news, trends and decisions. We asked Ryan to take us Behind the Byline to learn more about the new podcast, what it means to be a global insider, and why you should subscribe to both the podcast and newsletter.
Can you tell me about the new podcast and how the idea came to be? It’s a weekly podcast featuring an intimate interview with a powerful person — maybe they run a global institution or an NGO, or they’re a prime minister or president.
It comes out of my experience at summits and big global conferences — think Davos, the G-7 or the United Nations General Assembly. I have a lot of conversations with movers and shakers, and often they try not to be quoted in my newsletter. I think it’s time to be more transparent.
What does it mean to be a global insider? To be a global insider means that your decisions affect people in many countries. You’re either working on cross-border issues or leading an organization that works across the globe.
What excites you about the new podcast? I’m excited to share how these people do their jobs, and what motivates and aggravates them. I’m good at getting them to open up and go beyond their talking points. Instead of editing that through text, I want people to hear those conversations directly.
I also want to keep the global elite accountable — they have huge wealth, power and influence, and it’s not always used well. I want those decision-makers and listeners to reflect on what we can do to respect each other and the planet.
What can listeners expect from each episode? 20 minutes of chat that doesn’t feel like homework. Most of the episode is the main interview, but after, I’ll debrief with a POLITICO colleague, who will share what they found interesting or where they think I screwed up or missed an opportunity.
I want people to experience that global issues and “complicated issues” don’t have to be boring. We all have a lot going on in our lives, but we’re all connected, and I hope I can show that in a fun way.
Why should people subscribe to the Global Insider podcast? You won’t get this lineup on other podcasts — it’s me trawling my global contact book. Plus, I laugh at myself a lot, and with the guests, too.
Why should listeners of the podcast also subscribe to the Global Insider newsletter? The newsletter and podcast are different branches of the same community. A lot of my readers find it saves them a lot of time to get their global updates in one place. I’d say the podcast is a deeper dive, and the newsletter is a menu you can dip in and out of.