Decent -- But Too Many Ads
This podcast is decent. As some have sniped, the point of view is fairly liberal, but they don't "hide" that, and more importantly, the commentary is first and foremost highly intelligent, articulate, and informative, even if you come to a different policy conclusion. The *problem*: It's only 15 minutes, yet you are subjected to THREE advertisements. The podcast opens with a 30-second underwriting spot, then 8 minutes later you're suddenly told that "they're going to take a break," after which you're subjected to another 30-second spot, and 5 minutes after that you get 30-seconds of credits that amounts to a New Yorker plug. The first and last I can grudgingly see, but jamming that third one in the middle of such a short clip is thoroughly grating; no other podcast subjects you to 90 seconds of advertising out of every 15 minutes. Even dreadful commercial radio doesn't punish you with an ad every 5 minutes. If they would extend this to 30-ish minutes, it would be fine. Dorothy Wickenden is an excellent host and I'd prefer to hear her cover a few more topics each week. Otherwise, jeez, spare us the marketing onslaught. It makes the New Yorker seem craven and greedy.Read full review »
Crankyfu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/10/15
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