Collin Weires, a senior studying politics and philosophy at Pacific University, is working on the release of the 100th episode to his philosophy podcast Collin Demands Answers.
Weires began his podcast in July 2020, just a few months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As society slowed down during the early quarantine stages, Weires looked for ways to fill his spare time, which led to the development of his podcast. Since starting the podcast, it built enough popularity and streams to be globally recognized.
“I basically just sat down and started talking into my microphone and went on this long tirade, it was really kind of an accident the way it started,” said Weires. “An impulsive moment eventually led to top 100 global recognition.”
Once he came to the realization that he wanted to pursue developing a philosophy podcast, Weires began to post episodes weekly that would range from an hour to three hours in length. The interviews were conducted via Zoom and, once completed, he published the audio and video recordings. By the time he hit his twentieth episode in November of 2020, Weires built up enough engagement to establish his podcast on all streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Audible.
Despite Collin Demands Answers being categorized as a philosophy podcast, Weires welcomes guests of various backgrounds, including virologists, cancer biologists, stand-up comedians, and music creatives.
“I don’t only have guests with philosophy backgrounds,” said Weires. “Actually, I don’t think I have any guests with philosophy backgrounds on my podcast. I like to philosophize with them.”
One of his guests was virologist Kennen Hutchison, who is a fourth-year PhD candidate from Northwestern University.
“I loved my experience on the Collin Demands Answers podcast,” said Hutchison. “We covered a lot of topics, both personal and professional, but the best part was that right from the beginning it felt like I was talking to an old friend.”
For his 100th episode, Weires will be interviewing senior psychology major Deontae Massey-Johnson, who plans to obtain a Doctorate degree in Psychology from Pacific University’s graduate school once graduating with a Bachelor’s degree this Spring.
“Collin has built a strong reputation with his podcast, so being able to be his 100th guest is something I’d consider to be a privilege,” said Massey-Johnson. “He’s very philosophical in his reasoning, so our conversation will definitely be interesting, considering my interests in psychology.”
The 100th episode of the Collin Demands Answers show will be published on May 13 on all streaming platforms. —Noah Steverson