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A depiction of Samuel and Diego starting the podcast

about us

We are Samuel and Diego, the brains behind the half Blood REport. Learn more about Us with a fun Q and A below, as well as some short bios. Also, we would really appreciate it if you helped us out so we can keep bringing you the Riordan news you love.

Q & A

1. What have you been reading recently?

Diego: Recently I’ve been reading Stamped from the Beginning, a book about the history of racism in the United States specifically, but also about the origins of racism.

Samuel: Recently I’ve been reading We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia to get myself pumped for Paola Santiago.

2. What’s your favorite thing about making a podcast?

Diego: Hearing from the fans about what they like, what they want to see more of and suggestions on how to make the podcast better, is super cool.

Samuel: Yeah, I love hearing from fans, that’s probably the best part. It’s also really awesome to do interviews with Rick Riordan Presents authors and get to know them better.

3. Who is your godly parent?

Diego: Athena is my godly parent, but  to be honest she probably decided to think me into existence after way too many cups of coffee.

Samuel: I really love gardening and nature, so I’m gonna go with Demeter.

4. What is a fun fact about yourself?

Diego: Not many people know but I have been trained in the art of DJing, not that I do it often but I can if necessary.

Samuel: I’m a proud Star Wars: The Last Jedi defender. Sorry not sorry.



Samuel Bachman is a film student in 9th grade at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. He is an avid Rick Riordan fan, and has been reading Uncle Rick’s books for more than half his life. He is a reader, writer, film-maker, editor (of podcasts & films), and teenager. He thought up the idea for The Half-Blood Report while reading the Percy Jackson series to his younger sister.



Diego Gonzalez is a young entrepreneur that currently attends Hunter College High School in NYC. He has attended multiple hackathons and has won many of them. His writings have been featured in multiple magazines, and his interview can be found on The Harvard Business Review. You can Find him on Linkedin Below

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