Reviews
Kai and Kimberly are smart and funny. The podcast started during the pandemic, when it was important to feel connected, and it succeeded exceptionally. 4 years later, I’m still listening and learning.
Zenman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/24
I used to like this podcast but Kai has gotten to be such a downer and won’t stop interrupting discussions to point out dysfunctional congress. Okay, we get it you hate anything new or unfamiliar to you, and congress isn’t working right now.
healthy adri via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/24
I like what this show is trying to do, but it really feels like Kai doesn’t want to be there lately.
Photo022 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/24
One of my favorite shows to listen to almost every day. Love the Friday happy hour!
eyesintheskys via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/26/24
Even though I am 12 years old and live in Japan, this podcast teaches me economics in a very fun and informative way.
John Elway Fan via Apple Podcasts · Japan · 12/26/23
In todays age where news is always doom and gloom it’s nice to hear it presented in such a way where you don’t feel depressed after hearing it however it manages to still remain informative. Definitely recommend!
Md713 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/07/23
Wonderful format! Kai has a great perspective, which is especially enjoyable to juxtaposed with his younger costar. I appreciate that they are both clearly journalists at heart and try to disclose and mitigate their own personal biases when forming opinions on the topics of the day. Excellent...Read full review »
Zerohat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/01/23
Still listening after all these years! The best podcast around!!
Quicktricker via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/30/23
Everything you need to know about current in-depth news.
Zylxexew via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/28/23
Pains me to say, but Make Me Smart isn’t making me smart. If anything, it’s exposing how out of touch the hosts are on some topics that should be in their wheelhouse. The eye-opener was a recent episode where Kai was shocked - shocked! - to read that Twitter isn’t and never was a significant...Read full review »
FuManShoes via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/13/23
Ha!
Touché, Kimberly! Please keep on trolling Kai on The Never Ending Story. Tee Hee!
Marvin072560 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/10/23
The news can be such a bummer but this dynamo duo knows how to deliver all the “need to know” info you should know about to stay informed. Kimberly is amazing and so is Kai. Thanks for making me smart and thanks for all the smiles.
Socent82 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/23
I love Kai and have been following him for so long but this podcast was 100% times better with Molly because she knew how to carry on a conversation. As a woman of color who would usually agree with her views, Kimberly just makes everything about her perspective and is always interrupting. Stop...Read full review »
hacksaxken via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/06/23
Basically this show has become a mouthpiece for progressive propaganda. All stories are tackled from that angle, and reasonable opposing criticism is never given. Lopsided and obviously agenda oriented
Ddbrooks82 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/28/23
I love spending my morning in the company of Kai and Kimberly. Entertaining and informative.
kddgermany via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/27/23
Was much better quality (and more engaging) when only one day a week. Like cable news, not enough to fill five episodes a week with quality. No longer my fav podcast - just too much
pwb in dc via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/25/23
Used to be an interesting show but like the rest of NPR, it has divulged into partisan propaganda. I liked listening to NPR so I can get different perspectives, but it’s become intolerable
roberto s maldonado via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/19/23
This show has single-handedly caused me to question the journalistic integrity of Marketplace and the parent company American Public Media.
CraigCode1010 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/18/23
I thought the Make Me Smart team were sincere when they constantly say let us know what you think and that the show is some sort of collaboration between the hosts and listeners I later found out that this is just empty words. Let me explain why. I have happily listened to every episode of Make...Read full review »
2023 AU Apple ID via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 09/16/23
I like the show and big fan of Kai but the reporting on retail theft is bad. Just because we can’t find the data does mean the facts not in the data are wrong. The retail theft is real bad around the Bay Area. I have seen quite a bit of stores broken in my neighborhood that are supposed to be...Read full review »
Bhabanidas via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/23
I’ve given the new cohost arrangement a solid couple of years and the more I listen the more annoyed I get. Kimberly Adams, while an excellent journalist on the regular Marketplace shows, is basically unlistenable on MSM. The chemistry with Kai feels strained and the general approach to this show...Read full review »
SRVclctr via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/23
These two have such great chemistry. They remind me of siblings who quibble but in a funny way. Kai is such a legend, and it’s really awesome to hear Kimberly clap back. I get the sense they really like each other!!
roxscarb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/23
Kimberley doesn’t understand conversation etiquette. She doesn’t respond to what Kai says in a way that sounds genuine and appears to be condescending. She just like waits until it’s her turn to talk without acknowledging what kai says. A conversation shouldn’t be one sided. It comes off awkward...Read full review »
Taytat213 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/08/23
Ayeeeee! I really really enjoy listening to this podcast. Kimberly, Kai, and the rotating cast of Marketplace casts that come through are so amazing. I love that you guys cover things that are different from other daily podcasts and shows. I know that it can be taboo to hear journalists...Read full review »
Hou5fan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/05/23
Get facts and report that, not your opinion please. I’m done though, will see if you change in a few months.
‘Em-Ay via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/30/23
I’ve listened to Make Me Smart for a long time and I think they need to consider going back to a weekly show. It frequently seems like they don’t have real news material to fill 5 shows with and just seems unfocused When it was weekly with Kai and Molly it was a useful news update, and I got...Read full review »
erica.laye via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/26/23
It is great to hear honest reactions to our world
Brett in Maine via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/23
I love this show and have been listening for a long while now, pre Kimberly, while it was still Molly and Kai. I loved Molly and was worried about losing her as a host but really like Kimberly and the dynamic she and Kai have. They’re smart, conversational and funny, each in their own way. I do...Read full review »
Lu-la-bell via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/23
It’s not a bad podcast, but it’s not great. All the talk about cocktails is suuuper boring.
lgreene337 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/15/23
I consider myself pretty “centrist” but it seems that current content always has an allegory feel to it. Although that is not unique in media today ;) Although I think the quality of guests is pretty cool, I feel like I’m not really getting the unbiased story like I got from the old Marketplace.
Ddoug67 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/13/23
Listened to a recent episode talking about the crack down on Costco, Netflix members sharing memberships. When the conversation turned to how unfair it is towards singles because it’s “basically a singles tax” compared to a family of 6 using their memberships, I had to unsubscribe. If an...Read full review »
K Koenig via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/02/23
Have loved Marketplace for years but MMS has devolved into one of the hosts ranting inanely about her personal and petty grievances…Every.Single.Episode.(Wow, how does she manage to make every episode about her pretentious self, her cat, and her very Specific and Important life challenges. Omg,...Read full review »
please no more corona dailies! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/29/23
Vw
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Tupki2k via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/23
Very disappointed in the obvious partisanship and unnecessary politicization of what bills itself as a business news story. Won’t be coming back to this one.
Fuzzy Bee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/23
As a long-time listener of the "Make Me Smart" podcast, I am disappointed and frustrated by the direction it has taken in recent years. Once an engaging and informative show, it has gradually devolved into a platform for extreme leftist political commentary. As a result, I can't give...Read full review »
cbrock84 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/23
I read a novel about the Dollar being replaced. It’s called Trigger Warning, by Vic Hendrickson. It was pretty good.
Brit.vic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/26/23
The episode titles always entice me to listen but five minutes in I ask myself what am I listening to? It sounds like they are having a conversation about anything and everything. I expect to learn a bit more about the topic after listening to an episode. There is no depth and certainly does not...Read full review »
schnauzyyy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/21/23
This started as an excellent segment on another show where a domain expert made all of us smart. It became a stand alone show with same domain expert and the oldest young curmudgeon on radio. It was amazing. Now it’s just a place where unqualified people speak authoritatively about things they...Read full review »
just.this.guy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/08/23
I haven’t listened yet.
Mesha_theequadrillionaire via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/29/23
I enjoy Molly and Kai and their spirited intelligent and insightful discussions about the political eddies and their impact on the macro and micro economics that we all try to live with and within. Thank you! Superb radio journalism.
Jim Hull MA via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/23
Kimberly Adams doesn’t seem to care about the show. Her responses to pretty much everything Kai says “yay”, “yah”, “I’ve got nothing to add to that”.
Duraboi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/21/23
What happens when the rate of SSDI payments doesn’t keep up with the rate of inflation? And how do lower-income Americans handle the income/benefit caps as prices continue to rise?
S.E. instagram via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/23
It’s an entertaining show with great hosts, but there’s not a lot of depth. I understand they’re limited by time, but I don’t necessarily feel smart and equipped to discuss the topics covered in the podcast after listening to the show. Overall entertaining but a little light.
BRs are for big kids via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/23
I used to really love this show. I started listening in around June 2019 and it became part of my daily routine that I looked forward to when episodes became daily. I’m sad to say that it has become gradually less enjoyable and less smart over time, and now I kind of hate having to get through...Read full review »
listener_kc via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/23
Missing Molly and I know she is not coming back. We would Totally love a Kimberly and Molly combination show. :)
infin8dvonE via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/23
Ok
I like listening to the podcast for the info Kai and Kimberly share but there are oftentimes when you can hear the tension between these two lol. They’re collegial but it doesnt sound like they’ve ever hung out outside of work. Kai always sounds like he’s too busy to be there for the show and now...Read full review »
Ppppppphan via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/06/23
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