A creative new way to get the informational interview you want.
I have been thinking of launching my own podcast for several months now. However, as time is of the essence, I don't think it will ever happen.
With that said, I like reading posts on the topic just in case.
In this short introduction, Nik Parks contends that it's actually better to ask people to be guests rather than offering to buy them a cup of coffee in exchange for picking their brains.
I agree. People will make time for you if they see you value and respect their work...