Reviews
“A true story about election fraud” is the tagline for this podcast. I’m not entirely sure what this podcast was about, but it definitely was NOT about actual election fraud - at least not after the first 10-15 minutes. There are some interesting points about how allegations of fraud take on a...Read full review »
AndreaDMelcher via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/28/21
Unlistenable
oldjohnhall via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/09/21
This was an interesting podcast presented in a high quality, professional manner. It was well researched, well organized and edited, and fairly reported. This is a good example of real investigative journalism, in contrast with most of the drivel out there these days that is not actually...Read full review »
KimF50 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/08/21
Her voice is captivating and unique. I wish she narrated/reported more podcasts. She’s kinda lost her accent which I’m sad about but she still does a great job researching and reporting this story.
z1g702 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/30/21
Just when you think you know the story, this podcast reveals the deeper meaning impact of election fraud. Great story telling.
BlueJ516 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/22/21
Absolutely wonderful podcast. I was hooked from the moment I heard the trailer. Wonderful job.
kittyxten via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/30/21
Extremely well done. Nuanced and balanced. Well researched. Worth it to just hear the unique way Zoe says “vote.”
theaudball via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/30/21
Shows the nuance and intricacies of local politics, particularly in the modern south. Continues to dispel the notion that a black monolith acts in concert merely based on racial identity. Candidates matter.
a;j: via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/25/21
I like Zoe but this is so boring. Would have made for a great episode of this American life but didn’t need to be stretched into a its own series.
Irish 84 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 08/19/21
Riveting, compelling, chilling, so well expressed.
oxfordshll via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/11/21
The reporter clearly had an agenda and wasn’t entirely impartial. The way that she presented things felt bias. I’m sure she ran into a lot of people unwilling to talk but she did more telling the story with her own words rather than audio evidence. This may not be her own fault at all, but...Read full review »
ALeejelly via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/21
All the This American Life podcasts I have listened to are educational and entertaining. They dispel ignorance. Thank you.
CatLover8881 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/05/21
Make no mistake, the story is very interesting and the reporting is thorough. However, the agenda was clear throughout. Evidence against the two parties involved are held to different standards and comments throughout reveal the reporter’s bias clearly. A frustrating listen.
mojo82678 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/28/21
As a minority voter who moved from Raleigh to Chicago, I can relate. What struck me is the way she was articulating the reality of minority voters. She got it so well that I thought she was a Black or Hispanic journalist. Pleasant surprise near the end of episode 4. Quiet a story. Keep up the...Read full review »
Rudy - Chicago via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/26/21
An intelligent, methodical, and rational look at a complicated issue in just one county in America. This is a very well done piece of investigative journalism. Hats off to you Zoe Chace for shedding some light on this and educating us all in the process. Allegations aren’t the same as...Read full review »
Kev Per via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/18/21
Zoe Chace’s reporting is extremely thorough and nuanced. She uncovers a subtle but effective racism that has largely replaced violence but is just as effective in denying Black people equal access to democracy.
Lee B. in PA via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/05/21
What I love about this series is how it shows each person’s perspective as if you were that person. The spectrum of opinions and beliefs are all true, even in opposition. Beliefs turn into chasms where dialogue disappears.
HWooDeedoo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/20/21
I find this podcast interesting and enjoy Zoe’s reporting of the story. The Bladen County microcosm runs parallel to a pervasiveness evident on the larger political stage. My take-away is about politics and society, in general: regardless of truth behind a statement, if it’s said, it’s out in the...Read full review »
ladybethbug via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/18/21
promising but failed to deliver. I got bored with it.
collaginary via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/18/21
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ddsffssd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/09/21
I’m a huge fan of all podcasts put out by NYT so I’m biased. However the series is expertly crafted with the right cadence, characters and story. I remember Zoe from her time on Planet Money and she shines in this five part series. Most of all she does an excellent job in conveying how...Read full review »
max. l via Apple Podcasts · Austria · 06/06/21
Just before listening to this podcast, I had listened to another investigative podcast. The other one was so awful; sensationalist, leading, badly written, using the work of others without adding anything new... utter trash. I had felt so disheartened, that something of such poor quality could be...Read full review »
Saraint via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/04/21
I stopped listening to this American life because I don’t like Chase’s style and although this topic interests me I’ll wait for another podcast to cover it.
Miss Ginger 58 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/04/21
To be honest I wasn’t too sure I’d like this. It started a bit slow, but I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected.
LincKym via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/02/21
Excellent reporting of a very timely topic!
JH4343 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/31/21
Zoe Chace’s political stories for This American Life have always been excellent—expanding this story to its own series was such a good call.
evc1985 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/31/21
As a white person concerned with racial equality, I appreciate this analysis of southern black politics on a local, intimate scale. Zoe did a great job with even-handed reporting of complex issues. I learned a lot. Important topic. Well done!
Hanz-on via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/30/21
I remember answering a long survey from the New York Times last year about podcasts and the pending partnership with Serial. Was really looking forward to this but by the time it came out I was done with the topic of US election fraud. Too narrowly focused.
jennbakes via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/30/21
I love how anything with NYT in front of it is automatically going to pin point anything republicans do while ignoring 10000% proof of election fraud all over this country for the 2020 presidential election. There are no more unbiased and responsible journalists. They’ve all sold their souls to...Read full review »
KatB730 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/28/21
An excellent story looking at the nuances of local black politics in the shadow of racism without resorting to caricature or condescension. Lots to chew on here if you know where to look.
simnet6 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/21
As we used to say in Journalism 325, “What a yarn!” This is a terrific plot featuring a complex cast of characters expertly reported by one of the best audio voices of her generation. I really like the mix of Zoe’s reportorial narration and on-site recordings of ambient sound and interviews.
BonusDad via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/21
Make no mistake— this is a meticulously researched, thoughtfully written, and (as always for the Serial team) well-produced podcast. Like other reviewers, I think that Zoe Chace has the coolest voice, and she is gifted at building rapport with sources. The subject is so very timely and...Read full review »
BravesAndBirds via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/21
Great story, unfolding with twists and turns you wouldn’t expect starting the show. Binged in 2 days. Zoe is fantastic!
mileyfan1423 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/21
The story is interesting, but listening to Zoe interview and interact with the characters in this real-life story makes it fantastic. I have had a “voice crush” on Zoe Chace for years, so I was pleased as punch to listen to her narrate this story. Thank you!
Rowan55 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/17/21
Thank you for this podcast. I binged it today. I thought the content was riveting and thorough and balanced. It explains so much about how we have ended up in the current vortex. I wish everyone could learn from it. Well done.
Jimmytjl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/16/21
Very well done, clear, concise and fair. I live in North Carolina, know this story and still it was interesting. Zoe is exceptional. Another win for Serial.
Suzan4 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/15/21
Ynnuf woh ereht era on evitgen seilper
7734 Esp via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/21
I felt like the reporter tried to capture that down home magic that pervaded s-town. Somehow s-town (for me at least) managed to evade that lazy “otherness” that ruins most reporting and observations of the south. I found this show a pretty condescending attempt to interpret the exotic south for...Read full review »
goolyun via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/21
The podcast is very well researched and presented: ideal journalism. The story is outrageous, but I also think the focus of the podcast is doing exactly what the white republicans in Bladen County want it to do. Yet again we are focusing on what the black PAC is doing wrong, glossing over the...Read full review »
Terroirexplorer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/21
This feels like a waste of time... like when someone you know who tells a story, but takes forever to tell it. It seems well produced but it never got me to really care. It’s tough to really even tell what this is even about. It feels like the narrator just narrates everything and there is...Read full review »
Djm71861 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/21
I was super excited for this but it just wasn’t that gripping. It’s interesting but it seems like pretty normal local politics rather than a juicy scoop on something engaging.
Mistletoe Whistler via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/11/21
This show best helps listeners understand various dynamics of power. You see how Black people in Bladen county were able to concentrate power once they were able to rewrite the rules of elections, which is encouraging. It also shows the power of whiteness in that provably false accusations from...Read full review »
epStar5000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/11/21
The inner workings of the group were absolutely fascinating. And as fun as it was to watch the racist people fail miserably with all their made up nonsense beliefs, the back half of this focused around Miss Minnie and Co were really a revelation. Hats off on deeply researched and well-told,...Read full review »
carlgood1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/10/21
Great reporting, terrific structure to the podcast and fine storytelling. I’m very involved in Voter Registration and Get Out the vote activities in NC, and thought I knew what was going on in Bladen County. However, I learned a LOT from this and suspect there are small towns and counties all...Read full review »
Meta pelet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/21
Tale as old as time. People are duplicitous and often let their egos get in the way of their own best interests. Poor timing because election fraud stuff is tired.
iamthelobster via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/21
This was so interesting - taking years of reporting about a small county’s elections and politics offered a sketch of racial, social, political, and class issues that were all very interesting to consider.
jv--- via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/21
Great series on election fraud with a terrific narrator. I loved listening to it.
poppiseed11 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/21
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