How I Got Here

How I Got Here is a podcast hosted by two recently graduated college roommates, Tim Barnicle and Harry Hill, wondering how to make it in the world. Sitting down with several legends of their fields, such as Tom Brokaw and Larry King, Tim and Harry ask a simple question: how did you get to where you are in your career? Tracing the route from childhood to the present day, the interviews reveal unbelievable stories and incredible insights into paths that rarely follow expectations.

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On this episode, our guest is Field Yates, ESPN NFL reporter and host...On this episode, our guest is Field Yates, ESPN NFL reporter and host of the Fantasy Focus Football podcast. Growing up, Field dreamed of becoming the successor to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. For four summers between high school and college, he worked for the Patriots as a scouting intern, eventually turning the gig into a full-time scouting role with the Kansas City Chiefs after college. However, the twenty-hour days soon took their toll and Field pivoted to the world of covering the NFL. After starting a personal NFL blog and pursuing every possible avenue (with many rejections before even the whiff of a "yes"), Field landed with ESPN, where he continues to rise through the ranks.   Show More

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On this week's episode of How I Got Here, our guests are Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of MSNBC's hit show "Morning Joe." We sat with Joe and Mika for half an hour apiece, tracing the paths that led them to the beginning of their partnership on MSNBC a decade ago. Joe details his roots as a musician and songwriter, telling us that it was this identity and a stubborn determination that drove him to law school, then Congress, and eventually to television. Mika describes a different road, one that began in the shadow of brilliant parents, her mother an accomplished painter and her father a diplomat who was Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor. Despite struggling in school, Mika eventually found her footing as a diligent journalist before finding herself in front of the camera. Tune in to hear all of this and more.
01:10:07 8/15/2017
Our guest this week is Fabio Viviani, chef and entrepreneur, and owner of one of the best stories yet on "How I Got Here." Growing up in Florence, Italy, Fabio began working at the age of eleven years old, baking from midnight to seven AM in a basement to help support his family. From there, he moved up the chain, eventually managing restaurants by the time he was in his early 20's. By his mid 20's, Fabio was a millionaire, but he gave his unusual fortune away to pay off his father's debt. After moving to America without any savings or any knowledge of the language, Fabio quickly built a new career and life for himself, and now he oversees an ever-expanding group of restaurants. Yes, we're aware this sounds like a movie script. That's what makes it so good. Listen to the episode to hear the rest.
44:16 8/8/2017
Today's guest is David Axelrod, a longtime political operative best known for his years as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and the Chief Strategist for Obama's 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns. Axelrod grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Despite being deeply inspired by President John F. Kennedy and subsequently by his brother, Robert, Axelrod first entered the sphere of journalism. After attending the University of Chicago, he worked at the Chicago Tribune for eight years, where he learned about and came to love the city he still lives in today. In 1984 he took a role inside the Senatorial campaign for Paul Simon (D), who won despite great odds. From then on, Axelrod embraced politics, working on dozens of successful Mayoral campaigns, mostly. As his star grew so did the people he worked for. In 1992, he met Barack Obama. Sixteen years later, then Senator Obama asked Axelrod to run his campaign. The rest, literally, is history.
01:11:03 8/1/2017
On this week's episode our guest is David Burke, renowned chef and entrepreneur. A New Jersey native, Chef Burke realized he wanted to work in the restaurant industry while working as a dishwasher in his early teens. Chef Burke fell in love with the camaraderie and teamwork of a kitchen, and later learned he had a real knack for cooking. A few years later, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America and was head chef at the well-established River Cafe in New York City by the age of 26, a feat nearly unheard of at the time. In the years since, he has developed more than a dozen David Burke signature restaurants all over the country.
01:08:20 7/25/2017
On this episode, Harry and Tim talk to Tony Hendra, an English satirist, writer, and actor. Hendra came to the United States in 1964 with dreams of making it in comedy, and appeared several times on the Ed Sullivan Show and Merv Griffin Show. Perhaps most famously, he helped found National Lampoon magazine in 1970. He is also known for his role as the band manager in "This Is Spinal Tap." Hendra is still active nearly 50 years after he burst onto the American comedy scene, and his signature dry wit is on full display in this episode.
54:39 7/18/2017
On today's episode, our guest is Jerry Jones, President, Owner, and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry talks about his early days growing up in Arkansas, his first ventures (and failures) in business, and the long road he took toward achieving his lifelong dream of owning a professional football team. Throughout, he is thoughtful and reflective, emphasizing the value of daydreaming and the importance of having a well-rounded life.
36:08 7/11/2017
On this week's episode, Harry and Tim sit down with Janey Street in Manhattan during her tour following the release of her new album "In My Own Skin." Janey's music career started impressively early, as she fronted a band that played gigs all around Queens while she was still in middle school. By the time Janey was 17, she had a record deal with Warner Bros., balancing a major label recording career with the usual stresses of high school life. From her prodigious beginnings to her recent prolific streak, Janey has experienced the ups and downs of a musical life, and now looks back on it all with a wisdom and a sense of humor that powers her to this day.
48:06 7/4/2017
On this week's episode, Tim and Harry sit down with Andrew Blankstein, Investigative Reporter for NBC and formerly of the LA Times, from inside Chez Jay in Santa Monica. Andy grew up all over the East Coast with dreams of a life in California. Since his ultimate arrival in Los Angeles in the early 90's, few people have observed the city and journalism change as closely as Andy. Between the advent of the 24 hour news cycle and a pickup in celebrity coverage, Andy Blankstein has documented the shifting landscape of Southern California like few others.
52:40 6/27/2017
In this episode, Tim and Harry sit down with Curtis Wilkie in his office on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford. Curtis Wilkie is a professor of journalism at Ole Miss, the author of several books on the American South, and was a reporter for the Boston Globe for over 25 years. The interview traces Curtis's incredible life and career, with much of it focused on his work covering prejudice and violence in the South from the Civil Rights Era to today and the Israel-Palestine conflict during his time as Middle East Correspondent for the Globe.
01:02:32 6/20/2017

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On this episode, our guest is Field Yates, ESPN NFL reporter and host of the Fantasy Focus Football podcast. Growing up, Field dreamed of becoming the successor to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. For four summers between high school and college, he worked for the Patriots as a scouting intern, eventually turning the gig into a full-time scouting role with the Kansas City Chiefs after college. However, the twenty-hour days soon took their toll and Field pivoted to the world of covering the NFL. After starting a personal NFL blog and pursuing every possible avenue (with many rejections before even the whiff of a "yes"), Field landed with ESPN, where he continues to rise through the ranks.
51:32 8/22/2017
On this week's episode of How I Got Here, our guests are Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of MSNBC's hit show "Morning Joe." We sat with Joe and Mika for half an hour apiece, tracing the paths that led them to the beginning of their partnership on MSNBC a decade ago. Joe details his roots as a musician and songwriter, telling us that it was this identity and a stubborn determination that drove him to law school, then Congress, and eventually to television. Mika describes a different road, one that began in the shadow of brilliant parents, her mother an accomplished painter and her father a diplomat who was Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor. Despite struggling in school, Mika eventually found her footing as a diligent journalist before finding herself in front of the camera. Tune in to hear all of this and more.
01:10:07 8/15/2017
Our guest this week is Fabio Viviani, chef and entrepreneur, and owner of one of the best stories yet on "How I Got Here." Growing up in Florence, Italy, Fabio began working at the age of eleven years old, baking from midnight to seven AM in a basement to help support his family. From there, he moved up the chain, eventually managing restaurants by the time he was in his early 20's. By his mid 20's, Fabio was a millionaire, but he gave his unusual fortune away to pay off his father's debt. After moving to America without any savings or any knowledge of the language, Fabio quickly built a new career and life for himself, and now he oversees an ever-expanding group of restaurants. Yes, we're aware this sounds like a movie script. That's what makes it so good. Listen to the episode to hear the rest.
44:16 8/8/2017
Today's guest is David Axelrod, a longtime political operative best known for his years as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and the Chief Strategist for Obama's 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns. Axelrod grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Despite being deeply inspired by President John F. Kennedy and subsequently by his brother, Robert, Axelrod first entered the sphere of journalism. After attending the University of Chicago, he worked at the Chicago Tribune for eight years, where he learned about and came to love the city he still lives in today. In 1984 he took a role inside the Senatorial campaign for Paul Simon (D), who won despite great odds. From then on, Axelrod embraced politics, working on dozens of successful Mayoral campaigns, mostly. As his star grew so did the people he worked for. In 1992, he met Barack Obama. Sixteen years later, then Senator Obama asked Axelrod to run his campaign. The rest, literally, is history.
01:11:03 8/1/2017
On this week's episode our guest is David Burke, renowned chef and entrepreneur. A New Jersey native, Chef Burke realized he wanted to work in the restaurant industry while working as a dishwasher in his early teens. Chef Burke fell in love with the camaraderie and teamwork of a kitchen, and later learned he had a real knack for cooking. A few years later, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America and was head chef at the well-established River Cafe in New York City by the age of 26, a feat nearly unheard of at the time. In the years since, he has developed more than a dozen David Burke signature restaurants all over the country.
01:08:20 7/25/2017

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