Remso W. Martinez is the host of the Remso Republic podcast, one of the fastest growing political podcasts online. His show discusses current events from a libertarian angle with a wide variety of guests ranging from politicians, comedians, bloggers, radio hosts, and activists.
Remso, you work in many roles. What was the first one? Blogger, activist or campaign consultant and which ones followed and why? I tend to juggle all three roles at once, but I started out as a blogger, then moved from writing to full on activism and campaigning since I wanted to turn my words into action.
It was a natural progression since timing met opportunity. I don’t have much patience for people who claim to have answers and a drive for change and do nothing about it.
You run your own popular podcast show. What does the preparation involve? Preparation for a season involves gathering a guest list with my producer Ryan. From there we take several weeks to set up recording dates, then finally get into the weeds of planning ahead for advertising and marketing to ensure the program grabs our audience’s attention and the eyes of potential listeners.
At that point it’s about satisfying the requirements of my sponsors, who are the lifeblood of the show, and what they need so we know how to market their product into the course of the season. Once the season starts things are a bit easier, all I need is a few minutes to do homework on my guest and our topic, grab a bottle of water and wait for them to call in and let the magic happen.
Can you please explain the libertarian angle of your show? The problem with libertarian media and content is that it is marketed strictly for hardcore libertarian audiences, and then some hosts wonder why their programs never pick up beyond their small base.
My show brings on people from all walks of life and worldviews, and what I try and do is discuss why open minds and open markets is the right solution to our problems, and from there try and find common ground and find the humanity in everyone. I don’t want to be remembered as another libertarian podcast, I want to be remembered as a great show with great conversations about the ideas of liberty.
What were the best and worst moments of your combined political activist career? Some would say losing is the worst moment in any activist or campaign staffers careers, but the worst moments were the ones where the team gave up when the chips were down. A campaign can lose even before the election day has started when the candidate and the team surrender mentally, those are by far the worst moments.
The best moments were the ones where you do something no one thought you could do and then you do it and succeed; I remember online money bombs people thought would fail, videos and commercials people never thought would turn out good, even just a huge volunteer event with a ton of moving pieces, it’s those moments where you rise above the challenge that show you your worth and potential to succeed in the future.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself happy! I’ve learned to take things step by step and allow God to move me in the path He sees fit.
A year ago I didn’t think I’d have a podcast, now I have a successful show support staff, I’m graduating from college, and the world looks fresh for the first time in my life. Being happy is the priority because that is what sustains the thirst to achieve more and keep life going forward.
Thank you for a great interview!