After so many months, I find the strength of your podcast to be the in-depth interviews. The guests are always wisely selected, and not only does a listen learn more about the subject, but insights into life and production as well. I particularly liked the insights of Benoit, his description of Clare as a person, the reminder that the show is edited in ways in which a lead has little to no control, and that as viewers, we only see the character and not the person. I do believe that no lead is a perfect as they seem nor as bad as production allows them to be portrayed.. just like in life, people are beautifully imperfect. But, I will add that if I had a daughter or son that wanted to apply for the franchise ( they are all married with children), knowing what production can do and the words on social media, I would highly discourage it. Poor Clare has to live with this portrayal of her and the unkind words for a long time. Future participants beware. For my “kids”, it wouldn’t be worth it. Great job Ashley and Ben!
I still continue to really enjoy the in-depth interviews, especially in times of fear and uncertainty. The also always show that everyone is more complex and multidimensional, sometimes something that is easy to forget.They also show both Of you, Ashley and Ben, to be sensitive, intelligent interviewers, and separate the Almost Famous podcast from others that deal with similar topics . Keep doing in depth. Five stars!!!
The in depth interviews are so well done, allowing listeners to really get to know the context of the lives of those interviewed. Both Ashley and Ben are at their best, asking good equestrians, allowing the interviewee to answer in depth (not always the case with some podcasts, one in particular), and show really empathy. I particularly found the Chris Soules interview to be compelling, but in general, the in depth episode was really Ashely and best. Please continue to do more of these episodes. Five stars