Reviews
In general I very much enjoy the offerings. However, I beg you to fix the frequently awful audio. Rusty Reno’s podcast is typically very bad quality audio. I usually turn it off. Mark Bauerlein’s sound is generally better except when he uses the studio “hands free” microphone. Why can’t you all...Read full review »
WestchesterRich via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/22
Fascinating topics, but the sound quality is terrible. Someone buy these people a microphone! Recording guests’ audio locally would also be helpful.
pdavisonreiber via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/14/22
I thoroughly enjoy this podcast, but please fix the audio quality. Otherwise, keep up the good work!
Danimals1612 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/22
In general I very much enjoy the offerings. However, I beg you to fix the frequently awful audio. Rusty Reno’s podcast is typically very bad quality audio. I usually turn it off. Mark Bauerlein’s sound is generally better except when he uses the studio “hands free” microphone. Why can’t you all...Read full review »
WestchesterRich via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/08/21
A profoundly narrow-minded, reactionary, and isolationist podcast purporting their arguments for xenophobia, classism, sexism, and medieval takes on social hierarchy.
Niko Iba via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/08/21
One can’t ignore the wisdom. Some critics say this information is distasteful yet I imagine that’s likely due to their preconceived notions on a particular topic. Yes there can be different views on a subject. However, historical facts can’t be ignored and Mark is a fantastic host bringing these...Read full review »
__Matthew_.___ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/07/21
Some winer came on to talk about a statue of Robert E Lee being removed. He conceded that a majority of the population were “liberals” and supported it. He went on to say the Republicans were useless. Presumably meaning they did not care. So if everyone wants to pull down a statue is some traitor...Read full review »
Tom from Brinswick via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 09/19/21
Interesting podcast, but I have to struggle in order to listen to it because the audio is not balanced. The quiet parts get way too quiet that I can’t hear them in the car and then when someone speaks at normal volume again it begins blasting because I had to crank the volume a ton. I’m willing...Read full review »
Googlehater98 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 08/17/21
Mark Bauerline does a great job. Interesting and lively interviews about serious topics.
Tarwathie via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/15/21
I personally really enjoy the book-based podcasts and have read many of the authors interviewed with much interest. I am not Catholic but really appreciate the faith that underlies these discussions, it is so life-affirming. Thank you.
listener in ontario via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/15/21
I’d recommend writing the guests name in the episode title rather than the host’s... Otherwise it’s great
Megerik via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/22/20
Under the pretense of a reasonable theological discussion, these two guys mis-characterize modern theology, science and spirituality, as having to purpose of being anti-God. Ironically, their malicious twisting of modern spirituality, is a call back to Medieval reactionary thinking and is...Read full review »
enelsonpa via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/25/20
Deep thinking about Christianity today
cremefracas via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/14/20
A fantastic podcast. Excellent discussions and wonderful guests. I also love the intro music. Many thanks. The magazine is also excellent - without peer.
Mary McKillop via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/06/20
Perfect opening for this segment. Thank you for you high quality podcasts.🕯
Irishcatholic1934 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/20
The good: Worth a listen even if, like me, you’re on opposite sides of most of the issues. The variety and quality of the guests is mostly decent. The not as good: The show host, Mark Bauerlein, is adequate to the task. Although you’ll quickly pick up on an annoying habit of his, which is is to...Read full review »
redshift13 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/24/19
Great Podcast about Howard Zinn and his idiocy. I am going to get the book. He was a pathetic ideologue who didn't mind people dying for 'his' cause. Thank you Mary Grabar for the book.Read full review »
Gnome chopper via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/07/19
In response to the other reviews: While the sound quality can be sketchy, I appreciate the more classic, academic approach to the podcast. It is more in keeping with the magazine (which I read cover to cover every issue). Of course, if you’re a Vat2 happy-clappy Catholic, the topics in the print...Read full review »
::Kitty88:: via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/21/19
Please bring back Yost and Schmitz. Bauerlein is a fine writer but a dull host.
night_shade via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/12/19
Oftentimes the content is great, but the sound quality is really bad. You should fix it!
XB/BB via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 10/04/19
Mark Bauerlein is a smart guy, but a boring podcaster. The show is currently unlistenable. Bring back the old format.
Admiraldinty via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/19/19
I keep listening so that I can have some conservative voice in my ear. But the question I find myself asking every episode is “But why?” There are a lot of assertions, but very little background or reasoning for the conclusions. Also, the production quality is violently terrible. Occasionally...Read full review »
tlchapman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/19
Mark’s sound level is ridiculously low and the guest is waaaaaay too loud. If you can’t set up the sound levels competently learn how. You embarrass yourself, First Things, and the guest when you present incompetent work like this. You need to be better to be worthy of the outstanding content you...Read full review »
Pius Aeneas via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/19
Very helpful, differing perspective from top scholars and thought leaders on a variety of highly important questions in culture, society and politics.
Takahashi 101 via Apple Podcasts · Japan · 05/25/19
As of 4 months the guests and topics have been underwhelming to say the least
Bernardo Weaver via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/19
This the archaic vanguard of First Things’ classically liberal Catholicism seemingly unmoved by developments in catholic thought which take the whole of catholic tradition on its own terms and look forward to an illiberal catholic politics. Rusty’s first things is an institution fading into...Read full review »
Aquinas69 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/05/19
I used to listen to this podcast Religiously and forward it to others and listen to it repeatedly. As a 59-year-old Executive and practicing Catholic with eight kids, this podcast was my GPS To the world of young Executive’s and professionals, explaining the culture and dissecting the religious...Read full review »
Reflect101 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/19/18
In the early days of the podcast I simply couldn’t wait to catch more of Yost each week, but have since stopped regularly listening. Bauerlein is an accomplished and interesting writer, but a somewhat colorless podcaster.
NVRNOH via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/18
Mark and his wide variety of knowledgeable guests have done an excellent job at building a platform on which everyone is equally entitled to their own journey through spirituality and religion. If you’re looking for a place to learn and grow intellectually without judgement then you’ve come to...Read full review »
Katie Joy B. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/03/18
Ms Yost was the delight of the podcast. Her cheeky, sarcastic humor paired with the jazz intro gave the heady subjects some levity and accessibility. By contrast, it seem Mr Bauerlien has doubled down on the elitist, dare I saw snooty, feel...even if his politics claim to be of the common man.
Elisiepoo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/24/18
Bring back Yost/Schmidt. Matthew was unbearable but at least I could make it past the intro music.
TDK03 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/21/18
This is an amazing podcast. But either the host (usually mark bauerline) or the guest is loud and clear, while the other is quiet and unclear. It’s distracting to what should be a wonderful podcast
Fitz3891 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/15/18
The most important cultural musings in podcastland.
Sfefelstan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/11/18
I started listening to this podcast about two years ago when Julia Yost was the host. The content has always been relevant and worthwhile. Now, with Mark Bauerlein as the regular host, I think the podcast is even better.
Simbababy via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/09/18
I am an aficionado of podcasts. I listen to Catholic stuff you should know, which is really a good podcast. They are able to be friendly, personable, and convey their great love of the church and their dedication to evangelization. They try to be timely and relevant and most importantly...Read full review »
Be a Triz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/01/18
Julia Yost is great!
professoressafrey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/16/18
Actually I like all the hosts, including Julia Yost. Fr. Neuhaus would be proud of this wonderful podcast!
raluke via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/24/18
I find Julia Yost unlistenable. Her tone of voice and intonation make her sounds like a complete snob. Good material though.
sph01 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/18
Interesting, compelling, timely, elegant, thought-provoking, informative. The premier source of conservative, religious commentary on culture and politics. Always enjoy listening to First Things, we are blessed to have their voice today.
Huskerfraz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/10/18
Best possible way to describe this podcast; insightful.
Newcastle UK via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/02/18
If I were allowed to listen to only one podcast, it would be the First Things Podcast. There is no better podcast, and there is no better host than Julia Yost. Both are first rate.
Richard (not Clark) via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/14/17
I really wanted to love this podcast. But the faux-NPR vibe is eminently grating, and I cannot take Julia Yost's flat, just-below-the-surface condescension. I'll stick to the written word, thanks.Read full review »
Henry the Puffy Taco via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/17
First Things is an essential listen - intelligent and witty commentary that likes to scour the landscape for the most interesting (and, often, correct) views on literature, religion, and affairs of the day.
Tall New Englander via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/20/17
I discovered this podcast three months ago and was hooked after listening to just one episode. It's a breath of fresh air amidst media so often dominated by the left. Julia Yost is a charming and witty host and is supported regularly by Rusty Reno, Mark Bauerlein, Matthew Schmitz, and Alexi...Read full review »
PetitPasteur via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/17
Just listened to my first First Things podcast - ep 22. Totally recommend it. Current, relevant and engaging commentary on politics and the arts in light of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Stone - Sydney via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/07/17
I agree with all that's been written--even the one-star reviewer who was put off by your snarky Dylan comments. I wasn't so much put off, as disappointed. RJN could be snarky too, after all. It's just that he was, well, older. So his snark had a little more heft. For the most part,...Read full review »
DougT_WMU via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/30/17
I am always challenged and smarter for having listened. This raises the bar for intellectual thought!
Atchi-stad via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/22/16
Both insightful and informative while being lighthearted, this has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. It is well worth living through any technical issues (which are well represented in the reviews) in order to give this a listen!
Macbeth72 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/01/16
The First Things podcast is incredibly enjoyable. A great mix of ecclesiastical stuff, theology, and high and popular culture. Stimulating, thought-provoking conversation with lots of dry humour. I don't always agree with what's said but that's definitely part of the fun. I recommend.Read full review »
Jandelion92 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/12/16
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