The workload of podcasting is more than people believe, and the more obsessed the podcaster, the more overly excessive the podcast process. If it ain't for you, it ain't for you.
The famous and the no-so-much all have one thing in common when they record that first podcast episode. That podcast doesn't yet exist, and it has no audience.
The debate about the best gear to use for podcasting is a red herring. Use what you have or what you can get to get started.
There are reasons why interviewers don't ask subjects certain questions. Those questions are not very good.