Some guests and topics are interesting.
The format is long enough to get to some real points.
Chris is a working investigator and great author.
Gene gets peeved by negative reviews, bringing them up in detail and refuting any negative opinion. He never once has said,"maybe this reviewer has a point." thus they are never going to address the many things listeners do not like. But they will use air time for a one-sided argument about the reviewer. Listening to them address critics in this fashion is a terrible experience.
A frequent complaint is Gene's sense of humor, how he makes many bad puns or jokes. Gene claims this doesn't happen, but it clearly does every broadcast. He refutes this claim with vigor but there is a goofy statement at almost every commercial break. It doesn't bother me much, but gene uses a lot of airtime explaining that neither of them ever make jokes- ever!
The commercials. Again, this is often refuted on the show by Gene explaining how sponsors work, and that almost all shows have ads. True enough, and I don't enjoy the ads in those shows either. Combined with the fact that most of them are low-budget and repeated at every break on every show doesn't help. That Rockoids ad seems like a parody, but it's not.
The guests seem to be drawn from a small pool of friends, with unsavory characters like Don Ecker showing up again and again, with no new information, just dropping in to repeat his gruff ideology.
There are exceptions, and truly great guests, where the show may present some new idea or point-of-view. This is when the show is best, and things like bad humor and low-end ads don't irritate as much.
Avoid the listener round table shows- which are all the loudmouths you can't stand from the forums, given voice.