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At 22, Felix Levine is undoubtedly one of the top podcasters in the country. He is the host of the “Where’s This Going” podcast, which hosts a variety of people ranging from world champion athletes to acclaimed comedians and actors, former high-profile mobsters, and even the current Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams. Having started the show in April 2019 at just 19 years old, Felix Levine has traveled across the United States, sitting down and talking to fascinating people.
Getting into the podcast world was never really in the cards for Felix before 2019. “Honestly, I had never listened to a single podcast before then. I had heard of Rogan because I was a big UFC fan, but other than that, I didn’t really know much about what they were. Once I started to listen to the extremely diverse array of guests Rogan had that I found were all fascinating, as well as other shows like Flagrant 2 with Andrew Schulz, I quickly realized how flexible and interesting the medium was.”
When it came to Rogan and Schulz, he loved how they both, in their own ways, mastered the art of hosting a show and more importantly, how they innately made their guests feel free and at ease throughout their episodes and could make them laugh, cry, and more importantly, be themselves.
Learning from the best, Felix Levine has mastered the art of podcasting to ensure that all his shows have never been confined to one genre. If you look down the list of people he has hosted, it’s a true mixture of fascinating personalities. His passion and dedication have also seen him grow a massive audience with over a million views and downloads with listeners in over 65 countries worldwide.
Felix Levine also takes pride in hosting and interviewing a long list of impressive personalities with differentiating views and opinions. These people are from diverse backgrounds with completely different walks of life.
It’s also created experiences and moments Levine never expected to have. “Looking back on it, it’s pretty crazy to think I was just 19 years old when I interviewed Michael Franzese, former mob boss for the Colombo Crime Family. Or John Alite, the hitman for John Gotti Sr. I was 19 and sitting with men that had committed a long list of heinous crimes and had spent decades in prison. Those stories they told me, both on and off the record, those are moments in my life I will never forget. I’ll be able to tell my kids about that one day.”
On a lighter note, Levine recounts: “Being able to go to Harvard Medical School to interview people like David Sinclair, one of the top biologists in the world, or even sit down with a man named Vincent Wade Robinson, who was wrongfully locked up in one of the worst jails in Chicago for over 30 years, these moments have brought me invaluable memories and helped me grow in ways that sometimes I don’t even think I understand.”
These are not only career milestones but also continued inspiration to try to extract the best from his guests. Levine is also known for going the extra mile to get his guests to open up in ways they may have never done in previous podcasts or interviews. “I do my homework. I love to listen to previous interviews to see how they express themselves, catch onto the rhythm of how they speak or think, but ultimately, I don’t really ever plan how the conversation will go,” he asserts.
“For me, the goal is to host one of those shows where listeners feel like, ‘Damn, I can’t wait to hear the next episode Felix is dropping next week.’ I want people to end an episode and be like, ‘Wow, that guest was so cool,’ or ‘Felix asked exactly what I wanted to learn about that guest.’ I want to be known as someone who’s made a name for himself by being able to have organic conversation with some of the most intriguing and complex individuals in the world.” Having graduated from college just a few weeks ago, it seems like the 22-year-old is well on his way to doing just that.
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