As a long-time listener, I can only express disappointment at how lame the new Marketplace Weekend is. I'm just about on the point of unsubscribing to the podcast.
I'm sure Lizzie O'Leary is a very nice person but this is a terrible format. I can see why Tess decided to pack it in. Lizzie has stopped saying this in her interviews, but in the first episodes she said the premise of the show was to allow the best reporters to come back on the show to tell us the rest of the story they didn't get to tell on Marketplace during the week. So in another words: re-hash the story and include all the boring bits that the week day editors cut out because they were boring.
Journalists interviewing journalists is probably one of the most boring features in media but it is endlessly fascinating to journalists since they get to be the story, rather than cover the story. They get to bloviate and pontificate. Hence, the inane and uninformative "Weekend Brunch". If you want to hear financial journalists engage in smart discussion, I'd recommend Slate's Money podcast hosted by Felix Salmon.
Most disappointing of all is the lack of personal finance help. You can tell that Lizzie and her editors really resent having to even make a nod at it so they do such a poor job and bring David Lazarus on for one question or one of the other old stand-bys. And then they give them the bum rush: "Okay, thanks, David. Bye."
You can tell quite clearly that the editors, producers, and reporters for this format are really hoping to get a call to go work on This American Life or The Moth. All the stupid personal essays that the editors, producers, and reporters do are a pale imitation of TAL. Lizzie is always saying "This show is about you..." Then why is everything about her and having brunch with other journalists who talk about themselves?
So disappointing to lose an old friend.